With over two-thirds of Americans being overweight, and one-third obese, many are looking to weight loss solutions that promise quick results. We’ve all seen labels on weight loss products that sound like this:“Reduce 10 pounds in a day without having to stop yourself from eating!” “Fit into that slim dress you have always dreamed of!” “No exercise or diet, just take our supplement and drop down your weight in just a month!”
These claims made by diet and weight loss products may work, but these methods could be damaging to your physical health and typically don’t give you long term results. Though all diets or supplements have the potential for immediate weight loss, they leave the body exhausted and deprived of very important, required nutrients. This may sometimes lead to illness and health problems such as gall-stones, dehydration, malnutrition and electrolyte imbalance.
The best way to reduce weight for long term success is to do it slowly through diet and lifestyle changes. Exercise and a balanced diet along with proper intake of fluids is a great way to lose weight in order to keep it off for good. This helps to keep the body in shape, functioning at its best. It will not only reduce your weight but the results will also be permanent and sustained as long as you maintain your new lifestyle and dietary changes.
Exercise is an important part of any weight loss plan. While it is possible to lose weight without exercising, it is not recommended. Weight lost while dieting or using weight reducing supplements often causes muscle loss which is not good. The goal is to burn stored fat cells when losing weight, so muscle should be retained during this time. In fact, building muscle actually helps to burn fat sooner. There are many great exercises you can do to help shed the pounds quicker. These include heart healthy exercises such as swimming, bicycling, and aerobics.
Dietary changes should include eliminating processed foods and adding in plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Processed foods often contain added salts, unhealthy fats, genetically modified ingredients, and artificial ingredients, all of which can contribute to weight gain. They typically have no nutritional value and because of this, they can signal your body to eat more than it needs which also leads to weight gain. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods can help you lose weight in a number of ways. Some, such as beans are natural appetite suppressants. Others work by affecting insulin resistance and blood sugar levels. Leafy greens help to fill you up with fiber and also help you to feel full since they have a high water content. Consuming green tea can help because green tea contains catechins that help boost the metabolism.
When most people think about weight loss, they often don’t consider the importance of hydration. Water is needed by every cell in the body to properly function, which includes manufacturing proper amounts of hormones needed for losing weight. It also helps to eliminate retained water that adds extra pounds by allowing your cells to let go of their storage that they are holding on to because of the dehydrated state.
While there is much more that goes into an individualized weight loss plan, these simple tips are a great way to get started. They can be used in conjunction with supplements or safe diets to help speed weight loss, but they are an important part of eliminating unwanted pounds and should be utilized as such.
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