Now that the New Year resolution has started most people will be vowing to loose weight. It is one of the most common goals of Americans to trim down that waist line and tone up those hips. The weight loss industry is one of the largest in the county accounting for millions of dollars spent each year on people trying to loose weight. People will try everything from medications to exercise machines to shed those extra pounds.
In order to figure out how to loose weight we need to figure out why people fail out losing weight. Is it that they are not exercising or that they eat too much food? A few factors to consider why many cannot loose the extra pounds. As a society we need to realize that being overweight sets us up for future disease. Being overweight predisposes a person for many conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal problems, gallbladder disease and depression.
One of the main reason people fail to lose weight is that they don’t commit to a permanent change in their lifestyle. Fad diets, easy weight lose schemes, don’t work because it is a temporary weight loss that often sets the person to not only gains the weight that they lost but in turn gain more weight. These diets cause you to eat certain foods, restrict carbohydrates, etc. The key to losing weight is making a gradual lifestyle change that you can stick with in the long term. In a lifestyle change there is no on and off dieting it is a gradual change to eating better. Good habits are formed from repetition. Eating habits or exercising everyday is not exception. Daily exercise and making good food choices installed by repetition promotes weight loss.
Another reason people cannot loose weight is that they do not understand the amount of calories that they consume each day. Many overweight individuals consume extra calories everyday without even realizing it. Many “low fat healthy foods” are packed with calories. Resisting temptation is difficult. It is hard to pass up that homemade pie or the chocolate mouse. However, staying away from these high calories foods benefits a person in losing weight.
Lack of exercise is always apart of gaining weight. Much American lack any form of exercise. Weekly exercise is not only needed for losing weight but to keep healthy. The literature is loaded with information that cites the beneficial effects of exercise.
Be aware the certain moods or circumstances cause people to eat too much or even eat when they are not hungry. For example anger, fatigue, happiness, loneliness, nervousness anxieties are all related to consuming to much calories and adding extra weight.
Basic weight tips to follow are as follows.
- Eat three meals a day and have two to three planned snacks.
- Eat slowly and chew your food.
- Do not do anything when you sit down for a meal except eat. No watching television, working at the computer.
- Do not buy junk food. If it is in the house you’ll consume it.
- Expect weight lose to be slow. One to 2 pounds per week helps you loose the weight and keep the weight off.
- Exercise. Start with 10 minutes a day and build up.