Author: Magrietha Du Plessis
The best way to lose weight if you are having problems and you are saying "I need to lose weight but how?" is to reduce body fat with a healthy balanced diet and moderate exercise.
* Why a healthy balanced diet?
If you do not eat enough and get all the nutrients your body needs you will not be able to do exercise. The second reason is that if you eat too little, your body will go into starvation mode and slow down your metabolism. This in turn will slow down the fat burning process. This will make losing weight more and more difficult and you will land yourself up in the dreaded plateau. So, the idea here is to keep your body's natural furnace at its maximum!
*How can this be achieved?
One of the most important things you need to do is eat more that three meals a day. Not more food, but the correct amount spread over about four meals a day. You also have to become conscious of what you eat. It is so easy to absentmindedly put something in your mouth without even realizing that you are eating.
There are many diets that will be able to help you. Choose one that suits you and stick to it. Be careful of fad diets though as they will without end up with you gaining weight in the long run. You will end up in the typical yo-yo dieting cycle!
* How can I recognize a fad diet easily?
The first and most important sign is if you have to eat very little filling and substantial meals. Typically with a fad diet you have too eat mainly one kind of food and very little else. If you are expected to eat buckets full of soup with very little else, be sure it is a fad diet and stay well away!
The second sign is if the program prohibits exercise. The weight loss program does not have to insist or even encourage exercise, but it must not forbid it. If the program says you are not allowed to exercise, know that it supplies you with too little fuel for exercise and then it is definitely a fad diet.
* Why only moderate exercise?
When doing exercise with the purpose of burning fat, you have to exercise at 60% of your maximum heart rate. If you exercise at a higher heart rate you will actually burn less fat. Remember, your idea here is not to get fit or build muscle; you want to burn the fat. So, if it is possible, get a heart rate monitor and check your heart rate while you are exercising and slow down or speed up as the need may be. If you cannot afford a heart rate monitor, divide your desired heart rate by six and count it manually for ten seconds.
* What about building muscle?
Once you have the fat burning going, you can also move on to building muscle. This will further speed up the process as muscle burn more energy than fat. For this you have to get a well worked out program to make sure you do it right. Once again you will find very good programs or you can join a gym and ask them to work out a program for you.
By keeping the above in mind, you will have your desired body on the beach this summer, no fear!
So, once again if you are saying help me lose weight, but how? Reduce body fat with a good diet and moderate exercise will be the answer.
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