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Why Should You Lose Weight The Natural Way?

Updated on May 6, 2012

Knowing When It's Time To Do It

Most of us know when it's time to put ourselves on a diet. We also know when it's time to hit the gym.

Maybe it's a mirror call- when we can no longer ignore the bulges or the cellulite while standing in our skivvies, and we know that just IS NOT what we want to look like. Maybe it's how tired and sluggish and heavy we've been feeling lately, not wanting to move off the couch when we know we have things we have to do. Maybe it's a warning from our doctor during our physical (when we tell him how tired and sluggish we've been feeling!). Maybe it's a comment or even a look from a friend or family member, or (heaven forbid!) from our spouse. Well, probably not that last one (he should know better), but a wakeup call can be (fill in the blank!) or any of the above, and that's how we know it's time.

Taking action can be an empowering experience as we begin to see and feel the positive changes in our bodies- and as our friends and loved ones see those changes too. From feeling like we need baggy clothing to hide our bodies in to feeling a little (or alot) more beautiful is where we want to be at the end of the day.

Knowing You Look and Feel Young

Remember the good old days- before the kids came along? (Of course you love your children, that isn't what I meant). But having babies does take its toll on your body. It's only natural and perfectly normal to gain a few (maybe even more than a few) baby pounds, and how many women do you know that walk out of the hospital with a new baby and a sexy new body to go? If you know any I'll hate on them right along with you. Let me tell you, it takes time and effort to get your body back in shape! Remember those slender, carefree High School and college days? Sigh.

If it's been more than a year and you still haven't slimmed down to your pre-baby weight, shinnied into that little black dress or your skinny jeans, don't give up! Your sexy bod is just a bit hidden, just a dress size or two away. If you need to, give your food choices a tweak (just replace those fries with a salad- no big deal, right?) and get out your walking shoes. Take a friend along, it'll do your body and your friendship some good.

Knowing There Will Be No Side Effects

The really scary thing about taking prescription medication to lose weight is the side effects. How many years for the tumor to grow, or maybe my next child will just be born with two heads. Oh yes, and I just LOVE sitting at my computer with my heart about to pound out of my chest. Ooh, that really feels great! Not to mention the pounding headache and the high blood pressure. You can bet I'll be craving another one of those- what? You say they're what? habit-forming? Oh, well in that case- No thank you, Big Pharma! Someone pass the celery, please.

Losing weight the natural way means no scary drugs or drug side effects. Just the foods you love to eat and would normally eat anyway. There are so many choices, and you only have to eat the delicious ones, really! The point is, you get to pick and choose. Building a daily menu of healthy foods that are custom fitted to your personal tastes can be a fun and healthy adventure.

Knowing You Will Stay Healthy Well Into Old Age

You know, people seem to want the wierdest things out of life. I'm talking things like being able to go to the grocery store and actually walk down the aisles. How about being able to walk around at the mall. And here's a doozie-to not have to ride on that little motorized cart thing that takes up most of the aisle and seems to be just about impossible to manouver around anyone. Or how about this one- no knee surgery...or foot surgery...or heel spurs. Most folks don't seem to want back surgery either. Or to live on pain pills. Oh yeah, no diabetes either. Please.

The best and simplest way to ensure you will be able to maintain your mobility as you get older is this: walk or exercise every day. It's as simple as that. It doesn't have to take hours to accomplish either. Although 90 minutes of exercise is recommended, a walk around the block in the mornings before work or in the evenings after supper is a definite step in the right direction (no pun intended). If you have a dog, get out the leash. You will exercise yourself AND your pooch!

Ok, let's go.

Knowing You Are Building a Clean, Lean, Beautiful Body

The case for the taste and nutrition of live food versus empty calories and sugar goes something like this: Your body functions the best when you feed it the leanest, cleanest mixture of fuel. Complex carbs (fibrous plants, beans, rice, grains) that break down slowly in your bloodstream keep your blood sugar levels from spiking and your insulin relatively stable. Live foods (i.e.,plants) supply enzymes and are nutrient dense. The foods that nourish your body at the cellular level without clogging your cell membranes and artery walls with adipose (fat) and cholesterol (fat) also supply you with the highest levels of vitamins, fiber and health-building phytonutrients. Choosing the foods that satisfy your tastes and support good health can be an adventure in rediscovery. Remember that broccoli your Mom made you eat as a child? You may have hated it then, but try it again- OR try it cooked a different way. Maybe you didn't like the mushy texture because it was boiled and over-cooked. Have you ever tried it raw? Have you tried it steamed? A little texture and more flavor could make all the difference.

I know a Biology major would probably be rolling on the floor at my simple explanation, but that's ok. I know what I'm saying. Run it lean, run it clean. I've been doing it for over six months and I'm down over 30 pounds, so you can laugh all you want. I feel great.

Knowing Your Energy Levels Will Skyrocket

One of the best ways to boost your metabolism is to eat breakfast. That gives your energy levels a great kickstart and gets you going for the day. At the same time, lowering your caloric intake and including a daily half hour of exercise will boost your metabolic rate and give you higher energy levels. It doesn't have to be a drastic change, either. If you lower your caloric intake too far, your metabolism will adjust by slowing down. So make small adjustments at first- and don't forget that exercise is a key component.

If you are a snacker, change the foods you tend to nibble on. Fresh fruit rather than that cookie is the perfect example. Some fruits are perfect for taking along with you when you go to work- a sandwich baggie will hold the perfect amount of cherries, orange sections or grapes. They are low in calories and will help boost your energy with their sugars which, by the way, are the healthy kind!


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    • Laceylinks profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Green 

      6 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you, Brett! I am what most people call middle aged now and need to take every advantage I can to have the energy levels I once did. I have radically changed my diet the past few years and now I juice, eat multitudes of vegetables and fruit, drink green tea, and I can honestly say I've never felt better.

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Although I wouldn't say that I am on a diet, I would say that I have chosen to follow a healthier lifestyle. Eating right and taking care of yourself is something that we all should do and eventually normally all have to do.

      Shared, up, interesting, useful and pinned.


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