- Diet & Weight Loss
TIP FOR THE DAY - Rapid Weight Loss
How fast can I safely lose weight?
A pound a day, or what?
Burning off calories at a greater rate than taking in calories is the key to any weight loss. CAUTION: Doing it safely is extremely important. Not every doctor is well-trained in healthy weight loss (or maybe they just slept through that single class.) Do, however, get professional advice on how you can reach a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) as rapidly as possible, because an unhealthy BMI is exactly that: unhealthy.
It is clear that muscle burns more calories than fat cells do, so one key to burning more calories during weight loss is to reduce the number of fat cells and increase the body's muscles. That will also guard against too much loose flab as you shed the pounds. One goal of most people's weight loss is simply to look better, and a lot of loose, hanging flab is not anyone's end goal.
In previous tips rewarding yourself for avoiding temptations, and drinking chilled or cold water for hydration have already been mentioned. The body will crave needed nutrients, as much as it craves water when it is thirsty. Sometimes the brain confuses those signals and thinks it needs nourishment when what it actually needs is water. Don't be fooled. On such occasions take a good drink of water and see whether or not the urge to eat something persists. Many times it will not and you avoided adding calories.
In healthy dieting and exercise most dieters will see rapid initial weight loss, but much of that will be water loss, even when staying properly hydrated. Only by burning more calories, than are taken in, will there be potentially lasting weight loss.
The brain has also been conditioned to know that, if it wants a quick blast of calories it can get those by craving refined sugar (often called "America's drug of choice" because it is probably addictive.) The body can avoid the brain's urgings, if you are regularly feeding it the nourishing foods it needs by having a series of healthy, snack-sized meals during the day, rather than the traditional breakfast/lunch/supper "biggies." That takes some planning, perhaps a change in what you shop for, and proper spacing. Rather than "early, mid, and late," plan on a snack-sized meal on waking, and another snack-sized meal every four hours thereafter until an hour or so before bedtime, each with a glass of water and another glass of water prior to sleeping.
This routine avoids "the sleepy dips" in blood sugar levels which cause foggy thinking and drowsiness, and best of all it avoids over-eating and sugar cravings.
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It just disappears when you seriously don't want it any more. When that happens, it goes the way of all life, it just leaves early. What happens when you get serious about being a healthy weight for your height, age, and body frame?