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What is The Fastest and Safest Way to Lose Weight

Updated on May 28, 2012
The dreaded 'middle-age spread'
The dreaded 'middle-age spread' | Source

Losing Weight - Fast and Safe

As we grow older our bodies slow down and if you are anything like me you begin to notice your body shape changing...

Most days, I ask myself, 'how can I lose weight?' especially when I allow myself to really see what I look like in the mirror.

This may be your question, "What is the fastest and safest way to lose weight?"

The answer is relatively simple, but unfortunately not so easy to implement...otherwise it would not be an issue, no-one would need to lose weight.

Let's look at some of the things that cause weight gain in order to understand how to lose it again.

First deposits - belly fat
First deposits - belly fat | Source

Lose Weight - Change What You Eat

So how do we gain weight to begin with?

Some of the things that affect how we put on weight are the food we eat, how much we eat and when we eat.

If we are eating healthy whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and fish we are more likely to be a natural weight for our build and height.

When we add in 'foods' such as sugar, flour and fats we begin to add in intense food fuels that the body may or may not need at that time and so it does the next best thing. It stores it for later when it could be needed.

It's a bit like a bank account, if you deposit your funds but withdrew less than you deposit, you will very quickly build a BIG bank balance and your funds will go up.

The same happens with stored food (fat).

The same goes for how much you eat; again, whatever you do not use at the time will be stored for a later time when it might be needed.

If you eat when you are not hungry or late at night (when your next activity is sleep) then you will most likely store this food rather than use it.

So, when you want to lose weight fast and safely, change what you eat and the way you eat.

Don't be a couch potato!
Don't be a couch potato! | Source

Lose Weight - Change What You Do

Check your you work sitting at a desk most of the day, and then go home and after tea watch some TV before going to bed? Do you do this at least five times a week and then don't do too much on the weekend either?

Our bodies were never designed to sit for extended periods of time...we are meant to be relatively active and doing things.

So what can you do if your job requires a large amount of inactivity?

Some of the things I do now to help with this -

- Use the stairs instead of the lift - if you can't climb the stairs to begin with, at least walk down them each time.

- Go for a half hour walk at lunch time, after lunch.

- If you have an exercycle, cycle during your favorite program. If you don't have an exercycle you could walk on the spot instead.

- Join a gym and go at least three times a week and do some weight building exercises as well as aerobic exercises - more muscle burns food faster.

- Do Pilates and build your abs by doing ab crunches on a Swiss ball. Strong abs support a healthy back.

- If you can, use a Swiss ball to sit on instead of a chair. The Swiss ball encourages active sitting where the core muscles in your tummy region are constantly firing to balance yourself.

- Go for a walk after tea - and if you have children, you can use that time to talk with each other about your day.

This list is not exhaustive and I am sure that if you use your imagination, you can come up with other things you can do to increase your levels of daily activity.

The two important things here are:

Make it FUN and ~ DO it!

I use this when watching my favorite soap
I use this when watching my favorite soap | Source

Fastest and Safest Way to Lose Weight?

The fastest and safest way to lose weight is by changing what you eat and what you do.

There is no instant or fast weight loss method that won't harm your health, and the safest way to lose weight is gradually, by undoing all the bad, unhealthy habits you have developed over time which caused the weight gain in the first place.

Remember when you were a child?

You ate when you were hungry and you tended to eat food you could hold in your hand like fruit or sandwich. More importantly, you were on the go all the time ~ you would squat to look at a bug crawling on the ground, you would run after your brother or sister in a game of chasing, you would climb on the jungle gym, you would play in the bath or swim at the local school pool.... You were active most of the time!

Whole foods and what are called low G.I. foods (slow energy release) are better for you, but unfortunately we have developed cravings for sweet or fatty foods, and the question is, how much do we need foods like that?

The answer is we don't! So these foods should be treated as 'treats' and not foods that we need or should eat on a regular basis.

This is the hard bit. Changing our eating habits. (If this is too difficult, then the other solution is to burn it by building muscle) The best way is to combine good diet with good activity levels and build and tone muscle.

The solution is simple, it is the 'doing' that is difficult.

But, when you have succeeded in changing the components of your daily diet, you will feel the benefits each day in a renewed sense of a 'joy of living' and a body that feels lighter and more energetic...

So what has worked for you...? How do you lose weight?

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      Helen Bolam 2 years ago

      Great hub Johanna. I use cardio, free weight and body weight exercises to stay in shape.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Johanna, I totally agree with your hub - eat less and m0ve more seems to be key to me losing weight. That and trying not to eat too many complex carbohydrates. It's true what you write about the body hanging onto this type of food just in case it needs it. I could not do Atkins because I miss bread too much but there us a lot of useful advice from him on how to make sure your body is using insulin in the right way by cutting carbs.

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      kjrzeek1 6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      HARD WORK AND DEDICATION! That's it, it is as simple as that. There is no mystery to being healthy and in shape, it is a full time job. If you don't change your mindset, nothing else will change. The Biggest Loser is a great example of how much work it takes. Almost all of the contestants keep the majority of the weight off after the show because they changed their lives and attitudes. I write about lots of great ways to stay in shpe if you are strapped for time.

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      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Carol, thank you for your comment. It is the way we think about food that is the problem and the solution. You are right in that it is not about going on a diet(specific weight loss plan) for a period of time, but having a healthy diet (foods eaten) for life. The goal is attaining and maintaining a healthy weight and level of fitness and general well-being.

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      Carolyn Sands 6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      I agree that one must make their dietary habits a lifestyle change and no longer refer to the food plan as a "diet". Once you commit to eating healthy in the right portion sizes, the weight will naturally and gradually slip away. If you happen to be very heavy, then you will lose weight at a faster pace. I know this from experiene.

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      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      No two people are alike in the way they lose weight,but eating healthy and increasing exercise is a great start. Thank you for your great comments, Mimi and Casey

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      caseydillon2 6 years ago

      When we get those cravings for sweets, fruit is a perfect substitute. Trust me, old habits die hard - but new habits form pretty quickly! I try to avoid eating when I'm bored, or if I do, to take time to prepare something small like Ants-on-a-log, which makes me think about it more, rather than mindlessly snarfing down a bag of chips.

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      Mimi 6 years ago

      Taking a walk after meal caused me a weigh loss

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      DeviousOne 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Bingo! Diet & Lifestyle are two of the biggest. It doesn't have to be extreme, it just has to be better than what it used to be and get better from there.


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