People all around the world want to lose weight, but they have no clue how to go about it. They try to lose weight by dieting and even skipping meals altogether, only to slide back to the same weight they started with, or worse.
While it's wise to want to lose weight if you're carrying excess pounds, it's essential to know have a clear understanding of how to lose weight effectively. It is virtually impossible to lose weight and keep it off solely by altering your food intake.
Here are a few things that you need to consider in order to lose weight the right way:
Conclusion: If you slip up, don't give up. Just pick up right where you left off and resume your plan. Weight loss is a mental process, not physical. Get your mind in shape first and you will lose weight.
- Skipping dinner will not help you lose weight for the long term. It simply won't happen. If you skip meals (even just a couple of times a week), your body thinks this just might be a permanent thing so it goes into preservation mode.
Your metabolism drops in order to burn fewer calories and save your stored fat (energy source) for later use. You cannot lose weight by lowering your metabolic rate.
- In order to lose weight, you need to raise your metabolic rate. How? By exercising and building muscle mass. Muscle requires more energy (calories) than fat in order to operate properly. This means more muscle results in higher metabolism. Now you can lose weight.
After getting the go-ahead from your doctor, start an effective exercise routine. Walking is good if done at a brisk pace for at least 45 minutes a day. Running is better if done for at least 20 minutes a day. Weight training is better still if done 3 times a week until your major muscle groups are fatigued.
- Lose weight with a friend (or a group of friends). Team up with one or more buddies who share your desire to lose weight and your willingness to do what is required in order to achieve that goal.
- Change your attitude and your mindset to lose weight. Develop the attitude that you will do the things required in order to lose weight properly. You already know the right things to do because you have just read them. Now all you have to do is develop a sensible plan and stick to it.
- Be upbeat. Over-eating is a symptom of depression. Think positive. If you need to, seek professional help in this area. Get your attitude in shape and your body will follow.
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