We live in a world of instant results and gratification. We want things as of yesterday. We want instant food and instant results from dieting and exercise. I'm going to let you in on a secret, shhhhh. Don't tell anyone, but all true and lasting things take time. What ever happened to just being healthy? According to the news, you're either too skinny or obese. It's like weight and body style are the only things there are to talk about. Let's talk about solutions or healthy body types according to an individual's age and sex. Everyone has an opinion, but nobody seems to have the answers. I'm here to tell you the answer is not as tricky as you may think. Okay, first you need to purchase every piece of exercise equipment you see on an infomercial, because they are all guaranteed to flatten your tummy and tighten your butt. Oh yeah, and you better get some of those miracle diet pills that melt the fat right off of your body. Come on people, does this make any sense? Do you honestly think that just 10 or 15 minutes on some super exercise equipment is the answer? I know what your saying, but the infomercial was so good.
Now, you're beginning to wonder what the secret is, but first lets go over the list of top reasons why people don't take the next step to losing weight and getting in good shape.
Do any of these excuses sound familiar? I have heard them a thousand times. Lets break each one of these excuses down.
Okay, now to get back to my secret revelation. Are you ready? Eat less and exercise more. There you have it. Now the question is, what are you going to do with it? Trust me, it really is that easy. There are 3500 calories in one pound of fat. If you can burn 500 more calories than you consume everyday of the week, you will lose a pound a week. If you want to lose 5 pounds it should take 5 weeks, 10 pounds in 10 weeks, 15 pounds in 15 weeks. I know you were expecting some miracle diet. The truth is, diets don't work. You can only deprive yourself for so long. Changing the way you look at food and fueling your system is key. Over consumption in all areas of life is bad, but it only effects your midsection with food. I say eat what you want, but consume less of it. The food still tastes the same regardless of whether you eat one bit or all of it. So eat only till you are satisfied. Most of us know how to eat healthy, but we choose not to.
Making simple changes to your diet, like switching from regular food items to low fat items will drastically cut your calorie intake. Preplanning your meals will cause you to make healthy food choices. Eating 5-6 smaller meals will spread your calories out and keep your metabolism working all day. Drinking four 16z.glasses of water a day, you will burn an extra 100 calories. Try not to consume extra calories in the form of beverages. Plan on having some sort of physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day. Start counting your calories. It is really not that difficult. After about two consecutive weeks of counting your calories, you will not even need a calorie counting book. You will be able to calculate it in your head, by grouping foods together according to their groups.
Losing weight really is not that tricky, but it does take a conscious effort on your part in order to make it last. Trust me your health and body are worth putting in the effort to feel and look better. Science and time have proven that if you do not take care of your bodies, health problems are sure to happen. Heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis are all health related problems that arise due to being over weight. The secret to losing weight and keeping it off is not really a secret at all. You knew the answer all along. It's just easier for you to try that miracle exercise equipment or weight loss supplement, and then be disappointed when you do not see results. Choose today to change your mind- set on diet and exercise and begin a quest to a healthier, fitter you.
Written by Andy Salazar C.P.T.
Owner: Empower Fitness Training
219 N. Encina St. “B” Visalia, CA 93291