Have you ever stepped on a weighing scale and figure out that you weigh heavier than you thought? I have, and the first thing that came to mind is that “I have to eat less.”
Most people react the same way when they realize they have been gaining weight too fast. This often leads to them starting to eat less and less until they skip entire meals, thinking all the while that this can help them lose weight.
This is a common misconception.
What you need is a diet plan and some physical activity.
Eating Less without Exercise is Unhealthy
If you have been dieting for some time now, you know that eating less without exercise is unhealthy. When your caloric consumption is less than what your body requires, the food you do eat becomes barely enough to support your body functions. Your body then reacts by storing as much fat from what you eat as possible; a natural mechanism to help you survive in case of starvation.
How Can You Lose Weight without Starving Yourself?
The answer is simple. Instead of eating less, you eat as you normally would but exercise more. Normal means within the limits of your diet plan though, and within the standard daily caloric intake ranges:
- 2,000 calories for women
- 2,500 calories for men
This way, you burn off more calories than you ingest without doing your body harm.
People who diet without any form of exercise usually find out that they can’t seem to move forward in their weight loss plans. People who integrate physical activity with their diet plans however, are most likely to succeed in achieving their target weight.
Exercise Regularly with Your Diet Plan
So take up your favourite sport or physical activity and start doing it regularly with your diet plan. Be it swimming, jogging, or playing tennis, doing so will not only help you start to enjoy dieting, it will also help you see positive results faster; as if you are following a stricter diet plan.
Avoid Weight Loss Pills with Ridiculous Claims
Always keep in mind that weight loss is impossible to achieve overnight. You need a carefully planned program, self-discipline, and commitment.
Any product or service that offers weight loss in only a short amount of time with virtually no effort at all is most likely a rip-off; especially those that don’t include exercise programs.
Exercise is one of the most important factors in losing weight. Sticking to regular exercise almost always guarantees your success.
It’s imperative to note however, that should you make some changes in your diet plan, ease them in and don’t do anything rashly. Stay focused on your goal and you’ll achieve your target weight that much easier.
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