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Lose Weight Safely and Effectively

Updated on July 21, 2010

A Guide To Weight Loss

If you're looking to lose ten pounds in ten days, then this article on how to lose weight safely and effectively is not for you. While going on crash diets can produce weight loss results quickly, unless you continue the continuous deficit in calories and certain types of food, you will gain the weight back without a doubt. You may even gain back more if you've been starving your body and slowing your metabolism. Also remember not to set unrealistic and unhealthy goals for yourself. If you haven't been 120lbs since you were fourteen, you are probably not meant to be 120lbs.

How to lose weight safely and effectively requires an effort to change your lifestyle. This will result in more permanent weight loss and an overall healthier feeling. It can increase your life span and ward off such diseases as diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Losing weight safely and effectively does take some effort though. The most challenging ways to lose weight is perhaps the exercising part. Many people would rather starve themselves and not move, then to move and eat relatively normally. You will need to start moving more each day and watching how many calories and what types of food you're eating. These are the best ways to lose weight. This does not mean that you will need to run marathons to get the body you've always wanted. It means that you will need to put some sort of effort into aerobic and anaerobic activities at least five days a week. On one day, you should try to do yoga or any other form of stretching.

Weight lifting is key to losing fat safely and effectively. As with any exercise program, please visit with your primary care physician if you are mostly sedentary to ensure you are healthy enough for physical activity. Weightlifting will not only build muscle, sculpting your body into a more lean and shapely physique, it will also burn more calories when you are at rest. The problem with aerobic activities is that it is imperative for a healthy lifestyle and to lose weight the right way, but the fat burning benefits that produce the kind of weight loss you're looking for only last until you stop your walking, aerobics, or running. Weightlifting continues to burn calories long after you've worked out.

You will need to cut back your calories to lose weight quickly. If you continue to eat the same foods, you will never lose weight the way you'd like to. Make sure not to starve yourself. Eat at least 1500 calories a day, or you will be putting your body into starvation mode. Opt for healthier fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains when you can. Does this mean you should deprive yourself of M&Ms or ice cream when you want it? Absolutely not. You should cheat when you feel necessary, just don't binge.

Keep Goals To Lose Weight Effectively

Your goal should be to lose no more than 1.5lbs per week, even set your goal to only a pound per week. This will provide the most permanent and healthy weight loss. One pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories, so try to exercise and eat to cut yourself not much more than 3500 calories per week. If you do lose a lot more than one pound during your first week or two – don't worry. This is normal if you are used to eating in excess of 2500 calories per day.

The most important thing to remember about how to lose weight safely and effectively is to enjoy your life as you are doing it. Get the family and friends involved if you can. It has been shown that people who have a workout buddy tend to stick to their workouts more than one who goes it alone. Losing weight the healthy way is always the best way. While it may take longer to get the body you've always wanted, you will be more apt to keep it once you have it.



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