Health and Fitness: Weight Loss Article

Many Options For Weight Loss – Which Ones Are Good And Which Aren’t

15958767-beautiful-young-woman-with-fruits-and-vegetables-in-shopping-basket-isolated-on-whiteThere are many weight loss products, plans, and programs available to choose from, today. From diet pills and weight loss programs to quick fixes of gastric bypass, stomach stapling and lap band surgery. With the pills and programs, keeping the weight off once you lose it, is more difficult to do than losing it in the first place and more often than not, it comes back faster than it took to get it off. And surgery comes with its own downfalls like the problem of complications from the surgery, the costs of the surgery itself, the dangers of the medication after the surgery and associated risks that come with all surgical procedures like scar tissue and downtime from work while your recovery takes place. But not to worry, today you’re going to learn the best weight loss method that actually works. It will help you in reducing weight quickly and above all, the costs associated with it far outweigh the costs of obesity or just being overweight.

This method has been divided into three phases, and in order to get most out of this approach, you should follow all the three phases simultaneously. Before you start your transformation you should adopt a new mindset to not only lose the weight but to keep it off once you lose it. You should also check with your doctor to get his/her input on your weight journey. Once you’ve done that you start by changing your attitude that you can do it. No negativity allowed. Very little can be achieved with a negative attitude, while almost anything can be achieved with a positive attitude.

Each of the following phases is so important that you should try to do them simultaneously if at all possible. If it’s not then at least start with the change in your diet because you are what you eat and nothing influences your body more than what you feed it.

Phase-1  Change Your Diet To Change Your Body

This really isn’t that difficult, it’s not how much you eat, but what you eat. You can actually eat more food and still lose weight if you’re eating the right foods. Actually, I recommend eating more often. Instead of eating 3 times a day, add 1 or 2 more meals to your day to keep your blood sugars better regulated. This will keep your body from craving the foods that are unhealthy for you to eat. Foods that have nothing but empty calories in them, like white bread, bleached white flours, white sugar, (remember that brown sugar is nothing more than white sugar with molasses added) and the processed foods with all the sugar and salt added to make them more flavorful. And this isn’t even cover the fast food that we’ve all become addicted to with it trans-fats and too much salt. All of these are prime cancer-causing foods that should be avoided at all costs because they not only contribute to cancer, but too many other diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s to list just a few.

Eat more foods that are healthier for your body to assimilate. You can’t keep eating whatever you’ve been eating if what you’ve been eating is white bread, pastries, donuts and anything made with bleached white flour and white sugar. You need to replace it with healthier foods. Foods that promote weight loss, like fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber, antioxidants, carotenoids, and phytochemicals. All of these components promote weight loss and a healthier body.

What are the foods that you need to add to your diet?  To start with, fruits, vegetables, soups, juices (no sugar added), legumes, beans, green salads, whole grains, and water. Fill up on salad and don’t drink your calories with sugar added juices and soda pop. Most soda contains high fructose corn syrup added as a sweetener, which fools the body into thinking it’s receiving nutrition when it’s actually not, so a few minutes after it goes into the body, the body’s hunger isn’t satisfied and wants more. This happens with all white sugars, flours, and bleached food products. The mind sees the empty sugars as nutrition but as the body doesn’t get any nutrients, it wants more. This is why you’re still hungry while your stomach is full, causing you to eat more and more. The empty sugars actually act on the brain like any addictive substance like heroin or cocaine. The empty sugars feed the addiction but fail to feed the body and thus the hunger stays, even though you’ve just eaten, so you eat more and more never satisfying your body’s need for nutrition. Is it any wonder it’s so easy to pack on pounds?

This is why it’s so important to stick to a low-calorie and low-carbohydrate diet. If you keep on taking in empty carbohydrates, you cannot lose weight. Empty carbohydrates = white bread, white flour, white sugar, white rice, anything that’s had the nutrients bleached out of it. About 80 – 100 years ago, as some sources say, bakers started removing the bran and germ from the wheat kernel, mostly because of the palatability of the bleached white flour which made it more suitable for cakes, pies and other pastries and the fact that it gave the flour a longer shelf life. This was simply because the germ and bran, the nutritional part of the wheat and the part that provided the fiber made the flour made it go rancid much faster. This removal left the wheat with nothing but a starch, which basically provides sugars for the body. In this case, the calories those sugars provide are empty calories and when the body is fed empty calories, receptors in the brain’s pleasure center are triggered just like they’re if they were triggered by heroin and cocaine. The only problem with sugar is that it turns to fat if it’s not burned as energy. Worse yet when the calories from the carbohydrates (sugars) have no nutrition in them, the body craves more and more of it and thus you eat more and more but still fail to get what the body needs, the nutrients from what was removed from it when the flour for the bread was bleached and processed.

Drink water, 8 to 10 glasses every day in winter and 15 to 20 glasses of water per day in the summer. Drink one glass of water before the meal. When water is used by your body, it assimilates fat stored in the body (depending on your activity level), as fat is water soluble in the body. This means the more water your body processes, the more fat you can lose with the water waste, making it that much more important to drink water. Water is crucial to purging your system of the toxins you gobble up while eating grain foods.

Phase -2   Start an exercise program – Boost Your Activity Level.

After you lose the weight, unless you want to start the yo-yo diet routine, start exercising. This step is so important it’s difficult for me to show you just how important it is. I’ve seen too many people regain all and more of weight they had just lost because they couldn’t follow through with this phase. What happens is that they fall back into their familiar routine and start eating the addictive foods again and before they know it they’re heavier than they were before they went on their last diet.

Make time to exercise, especially if you have a sedentary job where you sit most of the day. The easiest way to achieve this is to start walking. Include walks in your daily routine. You can walk anywhere. Don’t always look for the closest parking spot in the parking lot, chose a spot a little further away and walk. It is strongly recommended to walk at least a mile every day and gradually add miles.

Step-3   Mindset – Change Your Attitude, Change Your Body

Positive self-talk and daily affirmations are a strong ally in your battle of the bulge. This will not only keep you on track but more importantly, it trains your brain to resist those times when you’re tempted to yield to your old addictions of sugar, bread, and pasta. Instead, you find something much healthier to eat.

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