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.