Losing Weight the Healthy Way

By Reid Terranova

With millions of Americans overweight, obesity continues to be a serious problem and is predicted to reach epidemic levels by the year 2020.

One way to prevent this scenario is to make people aware of the risks of being overweight or obese.

Here are some diseases that you are putting yourself in risk of if you are carrying a lot of extra pounds:

1. heart disease
2. stroke
3. diabetes
4. cancer
5. arthritis
6. hypertension

Losing weight helps to prevent and control these diseases.

The quick weight loss methods which have spread like fire these days do not provide lasting results. More often than not, dieting methods which involve dietary drinks, foods and supplement or pills do not work. If they do, the results are just temporary.

It is better to rely on a healthy weight loss option which will provide lifetime results. You have to set realistic goals and not expect to lose a lot of pounds in a short span of time.

Here are some tips on how you can lose those unwanted pounds the healthy way:

1. Do not starve your self.

The key to a healthier way of losing weight is: Do not diet.

You may seem happy and feel that you are losing those unwanted flabs on your belly and thighs by skipping meals. But remember that this would not last long. Your body cannot tolerate having insufficient food to fuel the energy that you use up everyday.

If you get used to skipping one or two meals a day, your stored calories will be used up instead of the energy that should have been provided by your meals. So if you just eat one huge sandwich in one day, it will end up straight to your problem area (i.e. highs, buttocks, hips).

2. Start your day right.

Mothers always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Have a healthy meal in the morning to jump-start your metabolism.

Your food intake after you wake up will be used to burn fat all day long.

3. Eat small, healthy meals frequently.

Five small-serving snacks per day is better than three hearty meals. Eating more frequently, and in small servings, can prevent over-eating. This will also increase your metabolism and make calories burn faster.

4. Decide on how much weight you want to lose.

Keep your goals realistic. In the long run, it is virtually impossible for you to lose 40 pounds in 2 weeks. Have a mindset that you want to eat healthy to stay healthy for the rest of your life.

Once you have decided on a weight loss plan or program, stick to it and make sure that you follow your own set of dieting rules.

5. Drink lots of water.

Your body needs sufficient water to burn fat and keep your cells hydrated and healthy.

6. Avoid too much sugar.

Plan your meals around lots of fruits and vegetables, some bread, rice or pasta for that carbo fix that you need, plus lean meat and protein rich-foods. Sweets, sodas and pastries should be once-in-a-while indulgences only.

7. Watch your fat intake.

Fat is not the culprit to being overweight. You need this to keep your weight at the proper level.

There is such a thing as healthy fats. Olive, peanuts and canola oil have them. Tuna, salmon and mackerel have omega-3 fats which is good for the heart.

8. Exercise.

Leave your car if you are only going a few blocks from home, take the stairs instead of the elevator, jog, cycle or skate. Use these activites and other home chores if you are too lazy to go to the gym and take exercise classes. Make sure that you do this regularly and you will not even notice that you are already shedding pounds with these mundane activities.

It does not matter how much weight you plan or need to lose. What is important is that you set realistic goals for yourself.

Go slow. If you have already lost 5 or 6 pounds, give yourself a break then try to lose the next 5 pounds.

Eat healthy, drink lots of water, have enough sleep and exercise. This will give you a higher chance of losing weight and improving your health, which would result to a new, healthier you.

Eating Healthy and Exercising – The #1 Best Way To Lose Weight

By Antonia Sparks

Even with all the hype about fad diets and revolutionary new weight-loss plans, eating healthy and exercising is still the best way to lose weight and stay in shape.  A healthy diet will not only get you to a healthy weight level, it would also decrease your risk of premature aging, heart disease, vascular diseases such as strokes, and even certain cancers.

There are, of course, weight loss diets that will get you where you want to go faster, but many of them will not help you keep the weight off. The key is to find a healthy diet that you can stick with your whole life. If you start with an extreme fad diet, once you quit it you will put the weight back on.

Similarly, your healthy living program needs to stress exercises you can stick with. You can plan on training for a marathon, using the latest exercise machines or taking aerobic classes seven days a week, but if you aren’t actually going to do it, it won’t do you any good. Rather than setting your goals high, set your goals are reasonable level.

Start by taking an easy walk for 20 minutes or so every day, then work your way up to more vigorous exercises. Improve your diet by cutting your food portions gradually over time, reducing the amount of red meat you are eating and increasing your intake of grains and vegetables. Gradually, refine your healthy diet and take your exercise routine up a notch. Eventually, you will get where you want to go.

Of course, eating healthy and exercising starts with educating yourself about what is required for good diet and effective workouts. Study the food pyramid and use it to plan out your meals. Most of your caloric intake should come from vegetables and fruits. You should also eat a lot of whole grains. Eat less protein and stress lean proteins such as chicken and fish. Eat very little processed food and stay away from fatty and sugar-filled snacks.

You should also educate yourself about exercise. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days each week. If you aren’t exercising yet, don’t feel like you have to do exactly what they say right away. Instead, work your way up to their goal at a pace that feels right for you.

As long as you get there eventually, it doesn’t matter if it takes you a few weeks or even a few months of lower-intensity exercise. As long as you are always making progress towards eating healthy and exercising, you should feel proud of yourself.

Healthy Weight Loss – The Best Way To Keep It Off and Stay Healthy

By Antonia Sparks

You want to follow a healthy weight loss plan even if you only have five pounds to lose. That is the secret to getting the weight off, staying healthy and keeping the extra pounds from coming back. Most people want to lose weight not only to look great but because they they want to be healthier as well.

Healthy weight loss starts with healthy thinking. If you have a hundred pounds to lose, you may feel overwhelmed with what you are going to do. You have to think in smaller steps. Set goals for ten or fifteen pounds and celebrate when you get to those spots. Just don’t celebrate with food!

Though you can lose a good amount at first, make sure you are not crash dieting. You are going to do your best right off the bat, so don’t be discouraged if it slows down. Weight loss that is good for you is going to be slow and rather steady.

Those that have just a few pounds to lose are the ones that tend to forget about healthy weight loss. They look for things that they think are going to work the fastest no matter how bad it might seem.

The last five are very hard, and if you are trying to fit into a dress for special occasion, the urge to bypass healthy weight loss for something quicker is very strong. Try to resist and do it right. If you have to wear something, be realistic about your size and take things slow.

What most don’t know about healthy weight loss is that this is the very best way to keep those extra pounds off months and even years later. If you crash diet, you are going to go right back to your old habits as soon as you are done, and you may gain those pounds back, plus some within a few weeks or months. If you go about a healthy weight loss program, you are going to be more likely to carry those good eating habits with you long after you are done with your diet.

Some eat nothing for a few days, some drink nothing but juice for two weeks, or they eat something like grapefruit almost exclusively. You should know that these do not constitute healthy weight loss. Limiting yourself so much means you are going to rebel and you are going to gain everything back.

A good healthy weight loss plan will allow you to feel good about what you are eating and good about yourself – and is going to allow you to remain balanced and strong. These are just as important as the weight loss.