Do you want to get fit? Do you want to drop the pounds and get to your ideal body? The term ‘weight loss’ is one that we hear often but for some people, no matter how much they diet and exercise it never seems to drop. You spend a few weeks working out and then you make your way to the scale only to find that you’ve either gained or stayed the same. Either of these is an unwanted outcome and to understand why, you first need to understand what causes weight gain. We’ll start by discussing calories and what they entail.
Understanding Calories and How They Work
Calories are yet another thing constantly referred to but not fully understood, and they are simply a unit of measurement. This unit measures the energy that is contained within the food you eat. As a living person you require a specific number of calories each day, and the exact amount will depend heavily upon your body type, your metabolism, and other factors that can be pointed out by your primary care physician or your nutritionist.
When calories are taken into the body they are metabolized for energy creation. This is what keeps you going and keeps you awake during the day. What happens if you take in too many calories? Doing this will cause them to become stored in the body as fat reserves. As you might have guessed, the stored fat is designed as a backup in case you are no longer able to obtain more calories in the future. There was a time in human history where this might have been necessary, especially in hunter-gatherer societies that took in food each time they hunted, and storage was not an option. The development of society has changed things a bit, and now those who overeat face a significant problem. That stored fat leads to obesity right now, we’re facing even bigger problems with our current food supply.
Excess Calories in Store-Bought Food
We’re seeing a major issue with modern food production in which the foods available at the lower end of the price point in supermarkets are packed with calories, and with that being the case we’re seeing more and more lower income individuals taking in more than their bodies can burn. To top it off, they’re just not active enough to facilitate the weight loss that they are going to need. Higher end food, such as organics, will help with the weight loss but once again it all depends on your ability to obtain it. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to push your weight loss agenda while staying healthy.
Tip #1: Try a Diet
The first and most obvious step that you need to take is a diet, but you must also understand that it isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution. There are many different diets to try and what works for one person may not work for another. Your chemistry, your metabolism, and much more plays into your diet and for the best results you should:
• See a Nutritionist – This sounds like an extra step but do it anyway. A nutritionist will be able to assess the state of your body and advise you on what foods would be best for your metabolism. They will also be able to help you build a diet routine that will have you on the road to weight loss in no time. Also, having a nutritionist on hand will be useful should you have any questions that need answered.
• Avoid Fad Diets – You want to lose weight quickly, but you must understand that there is no ‘fast’ way to do it. Anything that does allow you to drop weight extremely quickly could be dangerous and the effects are not going to last very long.
If you want to lose weight through dieting, speak to your doctor and learn what routine would be best for you. Like we said before, every single person is different and what works for one person probably will not work for you. It’s not about being a copycat, it’s about being unique.
Tip #2: Start Exercising
Diet and exercise go hand in hand, but you have to do it correctly. You can’t just go the gym, head over to a piece of equipment and hope for the best! If you want to start out slowly, try doing a bit of jogging in the morning and remember to stretch before you hit the pavement. A quick jog down the sidewalk or through the park can make all the difference in the world and you can work your way up to more complex routines as you become more fit. Don’t expect to lose weight after a single jog – keep it up, and perhaps even consider getting a personal trainer.
Tip #3: Consider Medical Weight Loss
While doing at-home routines is almost always preferred, sometimes the medical route is the best way to go. Medical weight loss involves having a trained professional create a plan for you and even help you with the aid of medications. With a plan specifically created for you, your results will be better, and you will be much happier at the end.
Tip #4: Practice Safety
Weight loss is not a quick process unfortunately. When you lose weight, make sure you’re maintaining a certain balance and most importantly, that you do not shock your body. It is important to remember that you’re moving toward healthiness, and if you rush it, that’s just not the result you’re going to get.
Losing weight isn’t easy by any means but it is well worth it. You will alleviate pressure on your joints, you will feel healthier, and most importantly, you’ll raise your own self esteem. It’s a lot of work, but it’s time for you to get busy!