- Diet & Weight Loss
Weight Loss and Keeping the Weight Off
Which Weight Program Really Works?
Most of the HUBS that I write deal with finances, wealth, and investing. But what's the use of having money iff you are not healthy. Therefore, I thought it prudent to write on losing weight.
There are a multitude of weight loss programs out there, but which one really works? You may be surprised at my answer, but I would say that they all work and they don't work. The key is the person utilizing the program.
Sure there are healthier diet programs and there are unhealthy ones, but the key is following the program. In this HUB I want to address five areas that may be keeping your from losing weight. Do a quick check up in these five areas and you may accelerate your weight loss activities.
Weight loss is really not all that hard. It is really just some basic math. Every time we stick something in our mouth we have the potential of "adding" weight to our bodies. Every time that we move we "subtract" potential weight from our bodies. This mathematical equation determines our weight level. When that which is coming in is subtracted by that which is being exhausted results in the zero range we maintain weight. I'm sure you get the picture.
When we are burning a lot of calories because we are running, swimming, or going to the gym we will burn extra calories. Many times when we do this we feel that we deserve a "treat." That treat adds an enormous amount of additional calories to our mathematical equation and can result in turning the tide against us.
When desiring to lose weight you need to focus on the burning activities and keep the incoming calories in proper alignment.
High Calorie Drinks
Many beverages carry with them huge amounts of calories due to the sugar content. Many people who drink sodas notice an immediate drop in weight when they cut the drinks out. Get rid of these sugary high calorie drinks and check out the immediate change.
Helpful Books on Dieting
Many people shut their bodies down because "they are not a breakfast person." However, we need to stop and think of this for a moment. With a full nights sleep under your belt you have not eaten anything for over eight hours. If you last at at 8:00 p.m. and got up at 6:00 a.m. you've gone ten hours.
Therefore, your body is running on zero! This is where you will quickly find yourself craving sugar as your body starts craving some immediate fuel. Simply having a glass of water and eating breakfast will kick start your metabolism and help keep you from having that 10:00 a.m. sugar crave.
Eating smaller amount more frequently actually helps the body burn more calories as it keeps your metabolism working. Bottom line, don't skip that important meal!
Skipping a Cheat Day
Every person needs a reward. Set up a reward day, once a week. This is actually good on two levels. One, it gives you something to work towards thus keeping you from feeling deprived, and two, it spikes your calories for that day which in turn causes your metabolism to kick into high gear.
Don't skip this day. If you get over zealous and try to go too long without having a cheat day you actually end up sabotaging yourself because you feel deprived of, "the good stuff."
Treat yourself and keep losing that weight!
Not Lifting Weight
Most who are trying to lose weight will also get an exercise program. Where many error is that they over focus on cardio equipment in order to burn a ton of calories. There's nothing wrong with that in fact, you need to do the cardio workout. However, Cardiovascular training does nothing to increase lean muscle mass. Weight training on the other had does.
The more lean muscle mass you have the more you burn calories while resting. You want this lean muscle mass, so don't just do the cardio hit the weights also.
A good routine is alternating cardio and weight lifting days.
Balance is the Key
Balance is the key to all things. Establishing a healthy eating lifestyle and a consistent work out routine is key to getting the mathematics in proper alignment.
If you find yourself stuck check these five areas to see if you can get yourself going again.