It’s pretty amazing what we in America will do to lose weight. It’s also pretty interesting to me that with all the ways that we have to shed those unwanted pounds, that we as a Nation, are more overweight than ever before. That’s interesting indeed. There seems to be some sort of connection between the strategies that we use to lose weight and our ability to actually lose weight…and to actually keep it off. There are more diets plans and programs than we know what to do with, and more nutritional products and meal plans for promoting a slimmer you, but what about exercise? It’s becoming very apparent to me that even after all these years of research that clearly indicates that exercise is a critical component to successful and lasting weight loss, many in society are still looking for ways (and it seems like any way possible) to avoid it.
With all of the yo-yo diets and starvation diets, along with the other wacky nutritional programs designed to “blow-torch” your fat and take off the weight in literally no time, many people have began to adopt a “here and now” approach which has promoted impatience, frustration, and eventually failure. For many people, over time this approach to weight loss has produced a battered and bruised metabolism in desperate need of a makeover in order to begin functioning at a high level once again. With a metabolism in such a compromised state, it makes sense to give it all the help it can get. If you can relate to any of what I’ve just written, then I would enthusiastically commend a sound exercise routine as a possible solution to those who have resisted to this point. It may actually turn out to be your best solution for more effective weight loss than you’ve experienced with diet alone.
How Quick Weight Loss Programs Can Sabotage Your Weight Loss
The problem that I’ve found with the quick weight loss diets and the low-calorie “starvation” diets is that they do not promote safe weight loss. Typically, when pounds drop off much of it is water from lean muscle tissue, and very little of it is actually what you really want to come off…and that’s fat. Not only that, but in the process of losing all of this weight, we are also impacting our metabolism by not taking in the required amount of calories, and when this does not happen, our metabolism actually dips. That makes us less able to burn as many calories as we did prior to beginning the diet. I don’t know about you, but that’s NOT what I want happening when I’m trying to lose weight. So what happens, is the momentary elation that accompanies the weight loss, then the frustration Eat Sleep Burn as the pounds start to creep back until, eventually, we end up where we started (if not heavier).
Why Diet Alone May Not Provide the Weight Loss Results You Desire
As I mentioned earlier in this article, many people attempt weight loss through dietary modification lifestyle change without taking advantage of exercise as an effective tool in helping themselves reach their weight loss goal. Even when nutrition is sound, and the weight reduction plan is realistic, there is still a very important issue which many people either fail to realize or just flat out deny (most likely due to their disdain for exercise), and that is the matter of the daily calorie deficit that exercise can create beyond that of just diet alone. The typical exercise session can burn anywhere from 100 to 500 calories, and if you factor those calories with those not consumed through the daily diet, there could be a deficit far greater than through diet alone. If 250 calories were burned through exercise, and there was a reduction in calorie intake of 250 that same day, that makes for a total reduction of 500 calories for that day. When done for a full week, that would lead to a loss of one pound. That may not seem like much, but who wouldn’t want to lose 4 pounds in a month and have it stay off? This is not to mention the fact that the same formula could be applied every month thereafter. I hope you’re able to see the possibilities. Lastly, for those who might prefer the “no exercise” approach, consider that when exercise is a regular part of your program, you’ll be able to eat more and not have to worry as much about gaining weight. That sounds great to me. Sign me up!
How to Jump-Start Your Metabolism So You Can Experience More Effective Weight Loss
More effective weight loss typically results when quality nutrition and weight management strategies are combined with a sound exercise program. As a quick recommendation which I sincerely hope you follow, steer very clear of the quick weight loss diets. They are a recipe for disaster. As a way to do this, it’s important that you think of your weight loss as a process that will continue for as long as you are alive. Too many people want quick results, but fail to consider the long-term. That will surely lead to frustration, discouragement, and eventually, failure. As another very important recommendation, focus on improving your nutrition gradually…over time. Too many dieters have adopted the “Cold Turkey” approach to their nutrition which works maybe slightly better than quitting smoking cold turkey.
One most critical recommendation that I believe will be the absolute KEY to jump-starting your metabolism and producing more effective weight loss is to immediately incorporate regular exercise into your weekly routine. Does it need to be everyday? Absolutely not! You can see great results with just 2-3 days per week, and amazing results with more days per week. Make sure that your routine includes cardiovascular exercises such as walking, cycling, swimming, or other activities that you enjoy. As importantly, be sure that there is some form of resistance training in your routine. Exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, circuit training, and calisthenics work wonders for jump-starting your metabolism and providing you the results that you’ve always dreamed of. Lastly, consistency is paramount. Nothing good happens with sporadic and lackluster effort. Be sure to give your best and you will reap the great reward of successful weight loss that lasts a lifetime.