It’s an age-old concern about losing weight; do you go on a strict exercise regime or a better diet? Certainly both are necessary for a healthy body, but you may find that just exercise may not give you the results you need or expect. But, no matter what your decision is about losing the weight, it is important for everyone to understand the mechanics involved.
The body stores fat naturally, and the areas that attract more fat like the stomach, buttocks and thighs can store toxins that ultimately will wreck havoc on our immune system. Thus, an unhealthy body equals and unhealthy life. Let’s look further into both of these aspects of controlling your weight.
Initial Weight Loss
You should begin with reducing your overall caloric intake rather that increasing your physical activities. This will include reducing your intake of sugars (both artificial and natural) and foods high in carbohydrates. If you are not sure what is good for you to include in your diet, consult a glycemic index of foods and look for those lower on the index. These will help your initial weight-loss occur at a faster rate. But, you may feel that your initial weight-loss isn’t happening fast enough to suit you, but your body needs to adjust to the weight change. Otherwise, if you already suffer from such things as excess water weight or high blood pressure, any sudden weight-loss may cause unwelcome adverse reactions such as dehydration and low blood pressure, both of which you certainly do not want. Using something that will help to keep your nutrients and metabolism balanced is what you need to concentrate on first. Many try juicing or supplements, – a super-juice for weight-loss to help give themselves a ‘jump-start’ to controlled weight-loss. Either of these will help you get started with a better and possibly safer approach to reaching your goal.
Otherwise, a structured eating plan, including the supplements if you wish, is extremely important to good health and weight-loss. You will need to learn to consume fewer calories than you burn on a daily basis, so no strict dieting is really needed; just eat in a healthy way.
Watch that you don’t fall into the trap where you find yourself in the same situation as many who try to reboot their weight by beginning a diet and exercise together in an ‘all or none’ approach. The problem is that most will start off great, loose interest or get derailed and there goes the entire program. Start smart and keep the weight off as well as your motivation up!
You’ve Lost a Few Pounds… Now Let’s Begin Some Exercise
There is absolutely nothing wrong with exercising a bit more to start, but do so lightly… like extra laps around the grocery aisles or at the mall. Once you have actually begun your weight-loss, then add in some serious exercise regime. You’ll probably find it much easier to exercise a few pounds lighter that moving around that extra weight.
Several types of simple exercise may be right for you. Cardio will burn calories faster and increase your heart rate, but a light resistance training will help loose more fat instead of muscle. Pairing the right exercise with the right diet will keep you motivated to continue in your new health regime. And, if you are just not sure, see your healthcare provider for advice.
Maintenance is the Key!
So, you have finally reached that goal you wanted. What now? How do you keep it off? It’s all about lifestyle. Once you reach the correct diet and exercise ratio for YOU, it’s important that you continue to maintain what you have lost.
Exercise regularly to help keep the pounds and fat off, but don’t expect it to work on those 3000 – 4000 calories meals! You have taught yourself how to eat right and exercise right, so don’t destroy the body you have nourished for so long.
It appears that not only one facet of our daily regimen controls our weight. It’s a combination of lifestyle, healthy eating and healthy exercise that will keep us at our maximum. While many will go to the gym and workout, then stop by the fast-food restaurant and get a burger, fries and diet drink thinking they have done a good thing will find themselves sorely surprised in the future.
Proper diet can protect your body from many health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, cancers, boost your overall mood and well-being then help your sleep. A proper balance of diet and exercise are therefore of the utmost importance in any weight-loss program, but concentrate on your diet first; then your body will help you with the exercise.
Enjoy your life to the fullest in a healthy and happy body designed to live forever!
Evlin Symon is a health writer from New Jersey. She enjoys learning about a wide variety of wellness issues and staying up-to-date on the latest research. She also is the author of many active blogs. You can find her on Facebook.