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Weight Loss Plans
Most companies will tell you that there weight loss plan is better than the "leading competitor." What they do not want you to know is that you do not need to buy a weight loss plan to lose weight, instead you need to create your own weight loss plan. So you may be saying, "that is not as easy as it sounds" and of course it's not! Losing weight is not going to be easy, but if you do it you can live longer, be healthier, and be able to spend more time with your loved ones doing all sorts of activities!
The first step to beginning your journey to lose weight is by figuring out your intake and your output. There are many sites that can help you with this such as about.com and my calorie counter. Once you find the site for you, start imputing all of the necessary information and track it for a few days, it might surprise you. Once you input all of your food and exercise information you will begin to see your calorie deficit which is a fancy word for loss of calories per day. Approximately 3500 calories is equal to a pound, BUT (as discussed more in the next section) this does not mean that you eating 500 calories per day and losing 2250 calories will result in you losing one pounds every other day!
Calorie counting will help you keep track of your weight loss, and will help you bring weight loss into something you can see without needing to rely solely on the "You're looking thinner" comments or the weight on a scale. ESPECIALLY NOT THE WEIGHT ON THE SCALE! The scale is what I would refer to as...evil... The reason for this is because it is number one cause of discouragement for people trying to lose weight, but this should not be the case! What most people do not understand is the concepts of water weight and muscle weight. Water weight is the amount of weight a person gains based on the consumption of water recently. The crucial component of this is that it can fluctuate a person's actual weight by up to 10 pounds! Muscle weight is similar, but more gradual. As you exercise you will lose calories and gain muscle, but guess what? Muscle weighs more than fat! So you could exercise and lose six pounds of fat and gain five pounds of muscle, but on a scale that only reads as a loss of one pound (and to a normal person read as "I did all of that work and only lost on pound!"). The last thing to take caution for is the amount of calories you intake. You see, food gives us energy, and energy allows us to move around. Therefore, the less food you consume, the worse off your body will be for your exercise. The key to counting calories would be to BE WISE about the "energy food" you intake. Eating more vegetables at dinner time would definitely be better than filling yourself up with ice cream for desert.
I decided to give this warning it's own section because of how important it is. While calorie counting, you CANNOT and I cannot stress this enough, DO NOT starve yourself. Not only is starving yourself unhealthy, but it will also harm you weight loss! The body is programmed to defend itself when it is in danger, and that includes when it thinks it is starving. If you starve yourself in any form your body will retaliate by holding onto every form of fat in order to survive. The loss of energy caused will also hurt your productivity (in both exercise and your everyday life).
Exercise is the key to weight loss! But, you must be aware that it may take a lot of exercise to work off a pizza buffet or a quart of ice cream. The journey will not be easy, but with perseverance, you will lose weight. Also, the more people you have involved in your weight loss, the better chance you have of succeeding. Exercise with someone or get an accountability partner to keep yourself productive. Weight loss will be discouraging at times,, but trust me, when you hear that first person say "have you been losing weight," a smile will come to your face and you will realize that all of your hard work is paying off!