QUICK WEIGHT LOSS vs HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS
It seems everyone is looking for the secret that will instantly shed excess weight and keep it off for the rest of your life. The fact of the matter is, there are quick ways to lose weight, which you’ll probably put right back on as quickly as you took it off, and there’s a healthy weight loss program which can be achieved with effective and simple habits and practices that can last for the rest of your life. And it’s not really as much a program as it’s a change in the way you live and eat. I say habits and practices because that’s what you need for a new mindset and it’s a completely new way of thinking you need if you’re going to keep that weight off after you initially lose it.
CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE, CHANGE YOUR BODY
To have a new mindset means that we have to give up our addictions and adopt totally new healthier habits and practices that not only influence our bodies but our brains as well. Because it all starts with our brain. Our brain controls everything including our weight, and it’s our addiction to sodas, sugar added high carbohydrate foods and salt-laden processed foods that damage our brain more than anything else that we have full control over. Instead of sodas, sugar added simple carbohydrates and salt-laden processed foods being your addiction, you’ll have to make exercise your new addiction. But this I can guarantee you, if you do, you’ll be a lot happier with yourself.
Why do I say your new addiction should be exercised? Anybody who’s felt the power that Endorphins have on your body and the benefit that regular exercise has on your body already knows why. There’s nothing more important to your health than keeping your body prepared to fight off illness and disease, and the only way to do that is to keep the body fit and as finely tuned as a new car. You might wonder why I say we’re addicted to sodas, sugar added simple carbohydrates and salt-laden processed foods? When was the last time you tried to say no to any of them? If you were able to, how long did that last? Have you gotten through a whole day without eating any of these types of foods? It’s darn near impossible to do. Can you live without them? Of course, you can, you just choose not to…and that’s the addiction. I submit to you that there’s no difference between that addiction and any other addiction. Are you healthier without them? Of course, you are, but your choice to not stop eating them is where the addictions lie.
When dieting, you fight the addiction for a while and often lose weight for just a short time only to put it back on after you give back into the addiction. As long as your mindset has not changed, you remain addicted. That’s why you need a new mindset. You have to break the addiction. Addiction tempts you to eat these wrong kinds of foods. Addiction doesn’t want to eat healthy foods because they can’t feed the addiction. Healthy foods feed the body, not the addiction.
HEALTHY DIET FOR HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS & A HEALTHY BODY
There are too many diseases that are attributed to obesity and being overweight, and many people are falling victim to those diseases. And the list of diseases seems to be a growing list. Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, bad knees, bad hips and even many cancers can be attributed to being overweight, making the need to lose that weight even that more important. If you’re going to lose weight permanently you need to break the addiction to sodas, sugar added high carbohydrate foods. Dr. Daniel Amen in his book, Use Your Brain to Change Your Age says he’s very familiar with addiction. He understands it all too well. He’s had patients tell him that they’d “rather get Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cancer or diabetes than give up their sugar”. He goes on to say that certain combinations of fat, sugar, and salt actually work on the same areas of the brain as heroin and can be totally addictive.
This is why you need to change your addiction to fattening food to that of exercise. Exercise creates Endorphins and increases blood flow. Creating those Endorphins will help you feel good about yourself as well as helping to ease your pain and even though today’s foods can create those feel-good chemicals in your brain, instead of creating them with foods that make you fat, you can create them in a healthy way, with exercise. The added blood flow throughout your body will benefit you in more ways than you can imagine. The added blood flow not only benefits the body but the brain as well. You’ll soon see a difference in your cognitive abilities. You’ll soon start remembering those little things you so easily forgot before and you’ll start thinking a lot clearer.
START AN EXERCISE PROGRAM
Although exercise is an important aspect of maintaining an optimal BMI or Body Mass Index, a more important number to keep track of is your waist to height ratio. (It’s also easier to calculate.) Your waist should be half of what your height is. Therefore if your height is 5’8″ or 68″, your waist should be 34″, one half of what your height is. When you calculate this, don’t go by your pant size, use a tape measure and measure your waist at the belly button. Only this will give you a clearer idea of what your actual waist size is and what your overall health is really like.
When it comes to exercising, cardiovascular exercises play an important role in weight loss. The best diet procedure in the world may not get you to your ideal weight if you don’t also exercise regularly. If you do cardiovascular exercises along with a little resistance training and core training at least four times a week, for at least a 40 minutes each session, then it will help your weight loss immensely. You may want to increase the time and intensity after you have adjusted to your workout. If you can, run also, because it will strengthen your heart, relieve your stress, and stimulate your immune system. For almost an hour it will burn around 700 or more calories but the amount will vary depending on several factors including the strength of workout, the body weight of the person running, and the inherent efficiency of his or her metabolism. Compared to walking, running burns more than twice the fat – but also requires about twice the effort.
TO ACHIEVE A HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS, REMEMBER TWO THINGS, REGULAR EXERCISE, AND A BALANCED DIET.
- Regular exercise can help protect you from heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, insulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and can improve your mood and help you to better manage stress.
- A balanced diet means breaking the addiction of sodas, sugar added simple carbohydrates and salt-laden processed foods and switching over to healthier types of whole foods and water that can supply nutrition and energy for the maintenance of body cells, tissues, and organs, and support normal growth and development.
YOUR DIET DICTATES YOUR BODY TYPE
Your diet should be only a diet of natural and organic foods. You should make only healthy food choices. Avoid all processed foods. These almost always contain extra salt and chemicals to give the product “shelf life” and that can cause irreparable harm to your organs, namely your kidneys, liver, and brain. Be sure that the majority of your daily intake comes from fruits and vegetables because that’s where most vitamins, minerals, and fiber come from. Do not give in to your addiction to sodas, sugar added high carbohydrate foods or salt-laden processed foods. Start reading labels on the food you buy. If you can’t understand what’s in it, there’s a fair chance that you shouldn’t be eating it.
DIET WITHOUT EXERCISE IS LIKE A CAR WITHOUT WHEELS
While changing your diet is crucial, it’s only half of the equation. You must include exercise to make sure your weight loss stays lost. Exercise regularly. Choose an activity that fits your personality and level of health. Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only does exercise increase energy levels, improve general health, circulation and posture, it can also help to control pain by creating Endorphins. If you like swimming, go swimming regularly. If you like to go for walks, walk briskly and do it frequently. Don’t always look for that closest parking space when you go shopping. Take that opportunity to get some exercise and walk the extra distance. Although many people enjoy regular strenuous or high impact exercise such as aerobic workouts or long distance running, mild and moderate exercise are also beneficial. For the people who want to lose weight and improve their health at the same time, exercise is crucial. It significantly improves the capacity of the heart and lungs. It requires no special training. It is cost-effective and yet the benefits gathered far out way the cost. The cost of exercising isn’t nearly as great as that of a catastrophic illness and although exercising can’t prevent all diseases, when combined with diet, it can limit a great majority of them.
DON’T WAIT TIL IT’S TOO LATE TO LOSE WEIGHT
With added weight comes a host of illnesses and diseases like Heart Disease, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Cancer, gallstones, ulcers & too many other gastrointestinal diseases to mention, bad hips and bad knees are all but just a few. Although many of these diseases are for seniors, no age is immune from getting any of them. Reason being…as we age we gain weight because our metabolism slows down and the extra weight brings on the illness & disease. When you’re young, it seems like these are problems to worry about in the future. But time flies by, tomorrow becomes today and before you know it you’re asking yourself, how did I get to be so old? By keeping your weight in the healthy range, you are less likely to be troubled by illness and disease as you age and in the long run, you’ll find yourself growing older much slower. But you shouldn’t just take it from me. Your healthy weight loss advice should get it straight from the experts below.
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