The following article is one of a series of articles which focus on Self Improvement, Motivation and Empowerment. It is based on research done over twenty years as a personal and business coach. This self improvement article was written in response to questions which have been asked on exercising, keeping fit, losing weight and long term weight loss as well as address common challenges that people have with this subject. I sincerely hope that you find the following information of value.
The total number of overweight American adults is approximately 58 million. (overweight defined as a BMI value of 273 percent or more for women and 27.8 percent or more for men).
Nearly 70 percent of the diagnosed cases of cardiovascular disease are related to obesity. Obesity more than doubles one's chances of developing high blood pressure, which affects approximately 26 percent of obese American men and women.
Every year, 300,000 people in the U.S.A. die from being overweight.
Now imagine the statistics for the whole western world!
If you visit the articles following this one, You will continue to see the above stats.
I don't apologize for that - these are frightening statistics. However, in this day and age, thankfully, there are options for those wishing to either lose weight, get fit, or lead a far healthier lifestyle.
Weight Loss – Questions You Asked About Weight Loss
If you are concerned about your body weight, your well being or considering starting a weight loss program, here are a few of the more common questions I am asked regarding weight loss…
Do I Need To Consult My Doctor?
If you are the type of person who normally leads a healthy and active lifestyle and wish to lose a few pound only, then perhaps not.
On the other hand, if your current diet is generally unhealthy and/or you are significantly overweight, I would strongly recommend that you consult your doctor, discuss your weight loss goals, and develop a natural weight loss plan that is right for you and your current physical condition.
What’s The Best Diet For Losing Weight?
Again, this very much depends on the individual, their current weight, their current lifestyle and weight loss goals.
There are, however, common factors which apply to all of us.
First and foremost, make sure your body gets all the nutrition it requires to stay healthy. Also, the natural weight loss diet you follow should result in the intake of fewer calories than your body normally burns on a regular basis.
A word of caution – don’t be misled into thinking that if you cut right down on your calorie intake you’ll be on a winner. Overdo it and you will have an adverse effect on your metabolic rate, adversely effect your general well being and be totally disappointed.
Balance in everything.
I’m On A Diet, Why Should I Have To Exercise?
You don’t. However…
I promise you that you will find it a lot more difficult to reach your weight loss goals. Apart from that, do you not want a lean and fitter body? Don’t you want to look GOOD?
Try and aim for an half hour of exercise each day. Leave the car, take your bike or use your legs and walk. Be creative – any activity that burns calories will definitely help you reach your weight loss goals.
Can I Lose Weight Without Changing My Lifestyle Or My Diet?
In a word – NO.
If you generally follow a healthy diet and you are getting the right levels of nutrition, it may be you just want to lose a few pounds or “tone up”. Great, simply increase your levels of exercise and physical activity (remember balance) and burn more calories than usual.
If you know your diet is poor and your lifestyle is distinctly unhealthy, you need to be prepared to tackle both of these issues head on. This is all about long term weight loss, improved physical and mental well being. As mentioned earlier, if you are seriously overweight, consult your doctor.
When I Lose Weight, How Do I Keep It Off?
Your strategy is to lose weight gradually and re-educate both yourself and your body about nutrition, good food and bad food, then you'll have a good start. The secret to keeping weight off is to balance your energy needs with your food intake. Eat enough calories to supply your body's needs. Too many and your body stores the excess as fat.
Choose exercises / activities you enjoy and are happy to do on a regular basis.
You will be the leaner, fitter person you want to be. You deserve to be.
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