Staying Toned After Weight LossWritten by Michael Lewis
Staying Toned After Weight Loss ------------------------------- Following significant weight loss, it is vital to have an exercise routine to keep your muscles firm and help to tighten skin. One of biggest drawbacks to significant weight loss is flabby skin that is visible that often can take months to disappear.
First pectoral muscles -------------------------- First of all, we recommend performing any exercise that works pectoral muscles will help tone chest, but be careful not to do exercises that work breasts directly. Breasts are not muscle tissue, they are fatty tissue, and therefore do not respond to weightlifting or resistance exercise of any type. In cases where breasts are small, toning pectoral muscles will lift chest and possibly breasts along with it, but if there is a lot of breast tissue, exercises will not lift it. This tissue may disappear over time, or it may not. Your only option would be surgery.
How much will my skin tighten? ------------------------------ How much your skin will tighten depends on your age, length of time skin was stretched and how much it was stretched, how much weight you lost (and to some degree how fast you lost it), amount of elastin in your skin, and genetics. Exercise can help as it will tighten skin, plus it will tighten and tone muscles under skin, which can have an affect on your appearance. We generally ask people to wait 8-12 months to see how much skin tightens. If after this time skin is unacceptably loose, then surgery may need to be considered to correct it. In some of these cases, when it is deemed a health risk, insurance may cover surgery.
What about my stomach? ---------------------- For stomach, bottom line to weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume. If you eat 2,000 calories in a day and only burn 1,500, you're going to gain weight. On other hand, if you eat 1,500 and burn 2,000, you'll be in caloric deficit by 500 calories. Given that scenario, at end of week, that would be 3,500 calories, and 3,500 calories equals one pound.
Diet and exercise ----------------- The combination of modifying your diet and exercise is a good plan. Aerobic exercise will burn lots of calories and help you stay healthy and fit (independent of body weight), and resistance exercise will tone, strengthen, and increase your muscle mass. More muscle mass is important for weight control because it is engine on your body that burns calories. Not only that, but when you lose weight, you can lose up to 25% of your weight from muscle, so you want to keep as much of it as you can.
You'll Need Total Will Power To Undergo Weight LossWritten by Charlene J. Nuble
How much will power does it take in order to go through torment of weight loss? Though answer to weight loss varies from each individual, all it takes is correct attitude, admitting to yourself that you do have desire of letting lose unwanted pounds.
For years, people all over may have experienced defeat from their own lack of self-will, thinking that weight loss is not worth pain. But does weight loss entirely has to be something mentally agonizing? It's almost like giving up on concept of eating, but not to extreme like ending up being a bulimic. Just because you have to sacrifice yourself to task does not mean there should not be a compromise.
Food comes with all degrees of nutrition and calories, whether it would be whole wheat or white, non-fat to skim, dark meat or white meat, fried or boiled or even raw, food is indiscriminate to everyone on this planet. The ideal foods necessary for weight loss depends entirely on how much you can stuff yourself with. Soup and crackers are often ideal foodstuff for a successful personal weight loss program, but if you happen to be food crazy could you stay a month eating savory hot water and dry bread? You do not have to punish your taste buds just because weight loss is all about sacrifice. Stories of even a five-hundred-pound plus man lost two-thirds of his body weight after having a diet of Subway sandwiches for months have inspired lots of people in United States.