Maintaining a proper weight is much more than just concentrating on a specific number on the scale that represents your weight. There are several other equally important measurements that should be added to your weight loss management program such as body fat percentage, waist circumference, BMI, and muscle to fat ratio.
The physical result of monitoring all of these measurements should be more than reducing a number. The fundamental goals are normally to increase your health and maybe look more attractive. Watching your numbers is really just a means to the end.
The first step that should be taken to reaching these interlocking goals is to understand that there a no diet short cuts and there are no safe or easy miracle weight loss cures. There are some aids that modern science can supply to assist with nutrition and exercise and you should definitely take advantage of these.
Even though proper nutritional supplements and appetite suppressants are available and effective, it is essential to follow a balanced low fat diet and get enough exercise each day. There are some excellent appetite suppressants that when used under a doctor’s guidance can be a useful, but these should be considered a temporary addition to your overall weight loss program.
Unfortunately, many people find that the weight is quickly regained after supplements are stopped. This is the reason that they should only be a small part of your overall weight loss management program and of course you have to include adequate exercise and proper nutrition.
There are dozens and dozens of fad diets around. The high protein, low carb diet is one of the most recent fads. Many people have experience rapid weight loss initially, but the long term benefits are very few and the costs can be very high.
The main source of energy for the human body is carbohydrates, so when there is a shortage of useable carbohydrates that can be used to produce energy it will look for other sources. Often it is muscle mass that is lost rather than fat.
The amount of glucose that is available for use by the liver and muscles is reduced when following a low carb diet plan. This results in loss of muscle tone as well as muscle fatigue. The muscle fatigue makes it much more difficult and less pleasant to get proper exercise. The basal metabolic rate will also be lowered which means that the body will use fewer calories to function.
That’s an unhealthy trade off for a rapid, short-term weight loss.
What’s needed instead is a disciplined, long-term commitment to lifestyle change. That, admittedly, is much more difficult than simply changing a few things on the menu. It requires learning more about nutrition, and more care in the selection of things to eat. It may mean substituting whole grain brown rice for potatoes. It means substituting fruits for ice cream and candy as dessert.
At the same time a person is struggling to change eating habits, something very difficult to do when the body is urging a return to the old items, another hurdle needs to be overcome: beginning a regular exercise program. Regular exercise is the second factor essential to a weight loss managemet program.
Becoming a fitness fanatic is not a necessity, but participating in a series of regular and vigorous exercise such as weight lifting or running is critical. This commitment requires a bit of willpower, but the effort will pay off. Many people give up far too soon because they do too much, too quickly. This usually results in injuries or abandoning the program.
Start making changes slowly but permanently. Keep you long term goal in mind. You will see that you will eventually stop thinking about your weight constantly. Your appearance and overall health will begin to improve.