Are Lifestyle Changes The Solution To Weight Loss?
For those who are trying to lose weight, the fastest growing trend is not a special workout routine or weird and wonderful diet; it is an adjustment in lifestyle. Does the image of someone stuck counting calories while seeing little to no results sound a bit too familiar?
Are you logging long, exhausting hours at the neighborhood gym many days each week? It does not matter how much time is being spent in the gym, the weight might still never drop. You want long term weight loss.
Although many people try a variety of fad diets, they are ineffective. Although exercise is a necessary component to increase one’s health and well-being, it doesn’t burn fat like magic. Researchers are finally beginning to quantify the key to effective, permanent weight loss: a long-term lifestyle shift. Those who do this are known for shedding a significant amount of extra weight and unwanted cellulite in a hurry.
1. Eat Right! Calories are pretty easy to understand. You’re going to gain weight as long as you’re taking in more energy than you use. However, if you choose to eat lean and health foods, counting calories will not mater. You need to learn which is the perfect portion size for you. Then put these size controls to work as you fill up on whole grains, trimmed proteins, vegetables and fruit.
2. Simple, successful exercise. Around 90 percent of those who have reached their weight loss goals through a change of lifestyle, walk for an hour every day. It really is that simple. No expensive gym equipment or sitting there working out until you’re sore. Just being consistent with moderate exercise can pan out well for you.
3. Plenty of support. Being positively influenced by those around you increases your chances of losing weight and keeping it off. If your peers are sedentary and fans of eating unhealthy, heavily-processed food, it can be much harder to make the kinds of changes you need to in order to live healthy and lose weight.
4. Adequate sleep at night. You have to sleep as that will ensure your insulin production is regulated and kept as normal as possible. When you do not sleep well, you make bad decisions around food, settling for calorie-laden convenience foods instead of healthy, fresh foods. Enough sleep ensures an adequate amount of insulin to help regulate your metabolism, providing you with more energy for regular exercise.
5. Keeping track of your progress. Keeping a journal is an effective tool for weight loss. When you write down what and how much you eat, the amount of exercise you participate in and how much your regimen is paying off, it will help you stick with and improve your program. This documentation process will help keep you aware of what your habits are on a continuous basis and show you in plain black and white what is working for you and what isn’t.
This journal helps you pinpoint problem areas, such as snacking and eating on the weekends when you hang with people who are not as driven. It is true that people who keep records for six days in a week lose weight two times more than those who do not. Embrace accountability and keep track of what you do when you’re trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle.