- Diet & Weight Loss
Choose healthy weight loss plans
There are availability of numerous methods and approaches to lose weight effectively, not all the programs that offer a positive outcome are also geared at promoting good health and wellbeing. It is rather unfortunate that many people opt to undergo dieting programs that require them to starve and compromise their daily nutritive intake. Only a dieting program that does not have a negative effect on a person’s health is worth getting into.
Here are a few guidelines in choosing a safe, healthy, and effective weight loss plan.
Look for programs espousing the three-fold goal
The best dieting programs are designed to accomplish the following goals all at the same time:
- Suppress the appetite
- Promote weight loss by decreasing fat deposition
- Improve a person’s health status
Prior to enrollment in a dieting program, it is important to evaluate a dieting program and determine whether it promotes all three goals simultaneously. When all the above-mentioned objectives are fully incorporated into the approach, there is no risk of compromising the person’s immune response or incurring nutritional imbalance, which could easily lead to the development of various illnesses and health-related issues.
Follow a safe and fast approach to weight loss
For those who aspire to lose as much as 10 pounds in just a week’s time, they should strive to eliminate carbohydrates (starches and sugars) from the diet. This may be a simple approach, but the outcome is fast and effective weight loss. This method has been proven effective so many times in many different settings.
Carbohydrate-rich ingredients are the types of food that stimulate fat storage through the action of the hormone insulin. With lowered insulin levels in the blood circulation, fat cells can easily go out of storage. Instead of using carbohydrates for energy, these fat cells are utilized, leading to marked weight loss in a short period of time. In addition, weight loss is also incurred due to excess fluid loss brought about by the boost in the excretion of water and sodium by the kidney. With this approach, there is no need for the dieter to suffer from hunger. For as long as sugars and starches are eliminated from the meals, the dieter can eat until he or she is full and still shed off excess weight.
Eat meals regularly and do not skip breakfast
Weight loss guidelines that prioritize the health and well-being of dieters reiterate the importance of eating full meals, albeit with reduced serving size. Moreover, nutritionists and health professionals insist that missing meals, especially breakfast, could have dire effects on a person’s health. Missing meals does not promote weight loss as many people believe. Instead, missing meals result in loss of essential nutrients that may lead to the development of additional health problems later on. There are many studies showing evidence that by not skipping meals dieters can lose calories faster and in a more efficient manner. If a person does not miss any major meal during the day, there is no need to sneak in a snack of junk food, anything that has high sugar or fat content. Dieters will not feel as if they are being deprived of anything, and will be even more motivated to pursue the program until the dieting goals are achieved.
Increase daily servings of fruits and vegetables
There are fruits high in sugar, and intake of these food items must be regulated. Nevertheless, all dietary programs that espouse a healthy approach recommend increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in the menu. Fruits and vegetables are some of the most nutritious food items. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, and their fiber content is high. Moreover, seasonal fruits and green and leafy vegetables have low fat content and a low calorie count as well. The raw materials for veggie and fruit dishes are easy to find and prepare. Raw preparations such as salads and juices offer dieters the largest amount of fiber and essential nutrients in one serving.
Engage in regular calorie-burning physical activity
All the effective dietary programs also recommend performance of regular physical activity. There are many health benefits tied to exercise, and dieters can attain their weight loss faster if they supplement their efforts at cutting down on the calories with a few hours of running during the week or daily visits to the gym.
The secret to the successful implementation of an exercise program is to find an activity that the dieter enjoys and finds interesting. If the person who performs the exercise is not motivated then it might be very difficult to sustain the activity, which could lead to the failure of the whole program. For these dieters, attaining weight loss objectives becomes a laborious and frustrating task.