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October 8, 2010 at 12:00 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Maintaining Healthy Weight Loss

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People who are overweight often feel tired and lack the energy needed to enjoy many activities. They are also at a much higher risk for diabetes and serious heart diseases. Therefore, it is understandable why someone would want to lose weight fast and keep it off. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to manage your weight, so it is important to be very careful when going on any diet or weight loss plan.

Health and Weight Loss

The whole purpose of losing weight is to be healthier and live longer. Starvation or other extreme diets will only make you less healthy in the long run. Plus, they provide temporary weight loss that is gained back again twice as fast.

It might seem simple to think that just eating less will lead to losing pounds, but that is not always the case. For many people, how much they eat is only half of the problem; the other half is what they eat. If you eat mostly junk food or unhealthy meals, reducing your portions will not produce significant results. Not to mention that you will still be at risk for many diseases and illnesses. Instead, try eating foods that promote a high metabolism and eliminate hunger at the same time. Fruits and vegetables are excellent examples that can be used as snacks throughout the day in place of high fat/cholesterol foods. Drinking water instead of soda is another way to reduce hunger and stay healthy.

When to Eat

When you eat is vital to sustaining long term weight loss. A common mistake is to only eat once or twice a day to cut down on caloric intake. This is dangerous for a variety of reasons and should be avoided. It is much better to space out your meals and actually eat more frequently throughout your day. The key is to eat smaller meals every 2 or 3 hours to keep your metabolism running at optimal levels. When your body is not digesting food for a number of hours and then is expected to handle a large meal, the digestion process can become compromised. As a result, fat is not converted to as much energy, and more of it is stored. That stored fat is what causes weight gain and obesity.

To lose weight and make sure it does not return, you have to look at the way your body burns fat. If you can improve the efficiency of your metabolism and the entire calorie burning process, food will be digested properly. Once that happens, you will have more energy with less stored fat. Reconditioning your body with a combination of a healthier diet and exercise is the best way to maintain your desired weight without risking your health.

Check with your doctor before beginning any new diet or fitness program to see what would be recommended for your specific situation. Make it a goal to never give in to the temptation of losing dramatic amounts of weight quickly. Overall, a slow and steady approach is the only way to ensure consistent weight loss.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss/NU00595

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/index.html

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