Realistic weight loss tips

13 Feb 2010

Let’s face it, unless you have a serious medical disorder or genetic predisposition for obesity, the only way you are going to get that extra weight off is by eating less and/or better and by exercising. Stop wasting money on the next best thing and hoping for unrealistic results, and start preparing yourself for long-term lifestyle changes. If you really want to lose weight, then heed these weight loss tips.

Forget the Fads

Over the years, there have been a lot of bizarre diet plans. Each one promises amazing weight loss if you only: skip a meal, drink strictly grapefruit juice, eat only cabbage soup, fast for three days, etc. Some of these diets are nothing more than pure promotion for a certain product (Hollywood Diet anyone?), while others are just the misguided creation of an untrained dietician.

These diets, sometimes also referred to as “crash diets,” always fall back on cutting major calories, whether it is for a day, a week, or a month. While many people could be just as healthy and satisfied on a fraction of the food they eat, starvation has never been a good method for healthy weight loss. Not only is it harmful to your body, but it can actually cause your metabolism to slow down, thereby increasing the amount of fat absorbed.

Eat Well.

And by well of course we mean eat enough and eat what is good for you. This is the opposite of what a crash diet promotes, and it is far better for you in the long run. Eating well doesn’t mean eating everything you want; it just means that getting and staying healthy starts with a healthy diet. It is one of the simplest and most obvious weight loss tips.

Increase Lean Muscle.

Stored fat is what you want to burn, and lean muscle is what you want to build. Eat foods like protein that help you increase your muscle mass, and work out regularly to get yourself into shape. Building muscle has twofold benefits. While getting fit obviously means a stronger, leaner body, the added muscle also burns more calories than fat, so you lose weight more effectively as you get into shape.

Do Aerobics.

Aerobic exercise isn’t only about women in one-suits. It is an exercise that helps your heart and breathing in addition to helping you to lose weight. Aerobic exercise is anything that gets your heart beating faster and you breathing harder. Take a walk; take a hike; take a jog-just get out there and start moving!

Be Smart About Supplementing

As earlier stated, there are a lot of weight loss products out there that make big and enticing promises. Unfortunately, few of those products have any real merit. Don’t delude yourself into believing that those products can do what good diet and exercise can.

If you want to buy premade meals or snack bars to keep yourself on your diet that is one thing, but never forego these basic weight loss tips in favor of something is not proven.

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