The emerging trend among people who want to lose weight do not involve the traditional rigorous workout but places more emphasis on lifestyle. Is calorie counting not giving you the results you want to see on your scales?
Perhaps you’re spending countless hours at the gym, until you can barely walk? But no matter the amount of exercise you perform, your weight just doesn’t drop.
Many Try, Many Fail
Even though short-term diets have a poor track record for successful and long term weight loss, one in four people will try them out. Exercise is always a boost for one’s health, but it will not melt excess weight away like magic. Researchers are finally beginning to quantify the key to effective, permanent weight loss: a long-term lifestyle shift. There are examples of people who have made changes, and then gone on to lose and keep off over 60 pounds of weight. Read on to find out how it works:
1. Eating Right. Understanding calories does not require a science degree. However, burning fewer than you eat will cause weight gain. The key here is to start eating healthy so that you don’t have to deal with calorie counting. All you need to do is regulate the size of your portions, and enjoy lots of whole grains, lean proteins, vegetables and fruits in your diet.
2. Exercising intelligently. Walking for one hour each day has helped around 90% of people who have lost weight by changing their lifestyle. That’s about all. They do not become members of gym, buy expensive equipment or engage in reps that are always painful. Consistently moving will give your body the exercise it needs. It also aids in getting rid of cellulite.
3. Support System If you are influenced positively by the people in your circle, you will have a better chance of meeting your weight loss goals. Of course if the people that you spend time with the most are eating nothing but junk food, this doesn’t make it very encouraging for you to eat better and take care of your body.
4. Good sleeping habits. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body does not produce enough insulin, your brain needs this insulin in order to regulate and curb your appetite. This means that when you are not getting enough sleep, you will be likely to make poor decisions regarding food. Insulin is also key in regulating your metabolism, so sleeping well will provide you with more energy for exercise.
5. Documenting progress. The secret to great weight loss could boil down to using a journal. In a journal you can record what and how much you eat during the day, the amount of exercise you did, and whether your efforts have resulted in facilitating ongoing weight loss success.
A Food Journal Help
Documenting what you do helps make you aware of bad habits, and shows in writing what methods work and don’t work for you. Keeping track of your progress can also help you to note problem times or other negative influences on your progress. In most cases, simply keeping consistent records (at least six days out of the week) is enough to increase the total amount of weight lost by as much as one hundred percent. You cannot hide from the truth of a food journal, so it is a very useful tool to embrace. But, you will need to be honest for it to be effective.