Donít Be Misled. The Best Attitude and Action for Weight Loss Written by Hilda Maria
Weight loss can be one of most difficult things to accomplish. Todayís media and marketplace can sometimes make effort of weight loss even harder. Like it or not most societies in developed countries are heavily motivated by media. Television, radio, newspapers, direct mail, and Internet all contribute heavily to our beliefs, our attitudes and ultimately our actions. So, when it comes to weight loss, how do you determine right solution for your situation? Who do you believe and who do you discount?
Are we as a society obsessed with weight loss? Or, is there truly reason to take notice and lose a few pounds? While there are some people, especially females during teenage years, who take weight loss to extremes, for most of us losing some weight would be healthy thing to do.
Itís no secret that ďthin is inĒ, yet turn on news channel and youíll see where researchers are finding more and more of our youth are obese and more and more adults as well as children are being diagnosed with chronic disease of Type 2 diabetes, often as a result of obesity. We see hear that thin is better, yet we keep getting bigger and bigger. Whatís reason?
The reasons are many. Primarily, our activity levels donít match amount of food we eat. We are constantly being bombarded with quick food and lots of occasions to eat. For example, some friends invite you over. The chances are slim that there wonít be food involved. You go to a sports event. Whatís on your mind besides game? Food! Somehow, we have become conditioned to equate food with socializing. While thatís not necessarily a bad thing, amount of food we consume at these parties and events often times are a bad thing. If you are trying to lose weight, whenever you eat, remember; donít eat more than you will be active enough to use! Letís face it! Watching Super Bowl on television is far less energy focused, than guys playing in game. Theyíre usually drinking Gatorade, weíre eating everything in site.
Were The Cavemen Fat?
Consider this: Our forefathers were constantly working to simply survive. The men were farming, hunting, and fishing for food. The women were busy preparing, food, and clothing as well as raising children. There was constant activity without an overabundance of food. Our bodies were not designed to be sedentary. Yet, today with technological advances, and average lifestyles we live, our activity levels have all but disappeared.
Letís explore this a bit furtherÖ We get up in morning, jump in shower, drive a car or catch subway or bus to work, grab some food at fast food place for lunch, come home pop in a frozen dinner, plop down on sofa, turn on TV and our day is done. Compare that to days of old. First off, you had to draw water for shower, then you had to fire stove to stay warm and to cook( food was hunted and grown by hand). If you left your home for work, walking was a major way of transportation,ÖNeed I say more? Our bodies havenít evolved to point to where activity is not necessary. Yet, we are least active of any society since mankind was placed on this earth. Food must be matched with activity. To lose weight, you must consume less food than body needs. Thatís about only way youíll burn off any fat.
Steps to Losing Weight
Enough preaching about activity. You want to lose weight and have more energy. First, I strongly suggest if you have more than a few pounds to lose, see your physician before you begin any weight loss plan. There are some medications, and diseases that can contribute to weight gain. If you know facts before you begin youíll be able to better determine best method for your weight loss.
5 Tips For Weight LossWritten by Hilda Maria
Are you ready to lose some weight? Perhaps youíre surfing for magic pill that will vanish your weight away. Maybe youíre simply searching for right information to help you lose and keep weight off. Whatever case, hereís some surefire tips to help you with your weight loss.
1. Do your homework. As you start your weight loss plan, take time to carefully evaluate your situation. What caused weight gain? Pregnancy? Inactivity? Overeating and binging? Emotions? There are many triggers in our lives that will cause us to gain weight. Some can be prevented or eliminated, some canít. Itís important as you begin your weight loss to understand and come to grips with cause of your weight. Be honest with yourself. Donít cheat on this one. Obviously, you want to have your weight loss become permanent.
In order to keep off weight in future, you may have to make some lifestyle changes to stay slim. Donít give up before you start. Thereís usually more than one solution to any weight gain reason. Just remain open-minded, and be willing to change to get results you desire. Donít hesitate to read and learn as much as you can about weight gain. Itís really easy to understand, and you may be surprised at what you learn.
2. Avoid Hidden Calories. Hereís an over simplified version of weight loss and weight maintenanceÖ if you eat more than your body needs, you gain weight. If you eat less (reduce calories) than your body needs, you lose weight! While it sounds simple enough, just eat less Ö.Right? Basically thatís true. Yet, there are other things that come into play as one is trying to lose weight. One common mistake many people make as they diet is fact they donít really understand how much is provided by food they are eating. This is especially true with eating out and eating snack foods and beverages.
A serving as defined by scientific communities on weight loss and a serving that your local restaurant provides is most often very different. For example, one serving of bread is typically one slice. Yet, average bun in a fast food restaurant is actually almost three servings. A single serving of French fries is 15 fries. Just take a guess at how many servings are in a ďBiggieĒ French fry container.
Also, donít be fooled into thinking just because a bag of popcorn is small, that itís a single serving. The same thing goes for beverages. The bottle may contain16 oz. Yet, serving size may be 4 ounces. Pay attention to actually how many servings of food and beverages you are actually consuming. The amount may surprise you.
Iíll give you an example, my son-in-law whoís 28 was had put on several pounds. His favorite cola is Mountain Dew. Mountain Dew has higher sugar content than most other colaís. He didnít have a clue as to how may calories he was consuming by drinking 3 or 4 24 oz bottles a day. When my daughter told him, he was amazed. He replaced cola with water and went from a 38Ē waist to a 34Ē waist in about two months. Be careful, you may be consuming more than you think.
3. Consider Diet Pills Carefully. Maybe one of your diet buddies has decided to buy diet pills, or maybe you've seen or heard a commercial for diet supplements promising easy fast weight loss. If so, please evaluate CAREFULLY! Even most natural-sounding diet pills or weight loss supplements can be useless for weight loss, or dangerous, or both. Diet pills are very tempting things if you want to lose weight, especially if you have tried several conventional weight loss plans without success. The side effects and dangers of some diet and weight loss pills can vary enormously because many of these pills contain a cocktail of ingredients and because dosage instructions may be inadequate. Possible side effects include: nervousness, tremor, diarrhea, bulging eyes, racing heartbeat, elevated blood pressure even heart failure.