Losing weight is big business in most of the developed world, and it’s likely to stay that way for a long time, thanks to the lies of omission perpetrated by the diet industry itself. Here’s an example of what the diet gurus don’t want you to know about their weight loss diet programs:
“Our program has probably been done before.” That fantastic new breakthrough diet program you just discovered on the internet? It’s probably old news. Most diet programs are just recycled versions of older weight loss methods, rumors, or myths. That’s why they all sound vaguely familiar.
There are two considerations for anyone who
wants to lose weight. The first is diet; the second is exercise. By
"diet" we mean everything you put into your body; by "exercise" we
mean every means you use to get it out again. A good weight
loss diet program will have three facets; two will be
diet-related (cutting calories and increasing the nutrition in your
food) and one, of course, is exercise related. Let's look at
Finding an exercise that works up a bit of a sweat but is still enjoyable is important. A 45-minute walk every morning before work is ideal. Walking is the most natural of human activities. Mankind was made to walk; now, thanks to cars, planes, elevators, escalators, and rolling swivel chairs, we need never walk more than a few yards at a time.
Whatever exercise you do, try to do it first thing in the morning if you possibly can. Early-morning exercise "sets" your metabolism, so that through the rest of the day, even when you're sitting and driving, you're burning more calories than you would have without that morning exercise.
The second facet of any best weight loss diet program is, of course, cutting back on your calories. This is the difficult part. When you set out to lose weight, you are essentially giving your body fewer calories than it needs. Your body is forced to turn to the calories it had stored up for "famine" in the form of fat. As your body uses these stored fat calories, you lose weight. But—as anyone who has ever dieted before knows—it is a very uncomfortable process. And why not? Your body is essentially eating itself by using up those fat reserves.
Remind yourself every time you feel those hunger pains that what you feel is your body actually "eating" your fat. If you eat something when you feel hungry, you give your body something else to eat, and it stops eating those fat reserves. Which, of course, brings us to our final point.
Last but not least, it is essential that you increase the nutrition of your food when you want to lose weight. If you were eating a hamburger, a side of fries, and a coke for two meals a day every weekday, don't think that by simply skipping lunch, ditching the fries, and going with diet cola, you will lose weight successfully. You won't. Instead, you will become tired, worn down, and easily stressed. Weight loss should be a happy time, as we purge ourselves of fat and impurities. Of course your energy levels will decrease the first week or so as your body adjusts to new exercise routines, new food restrictions, and the "self-cannibalism" you impose on it. But if you get your vital nutrition, every day that passes will find you feeling better, healthier, and more energetic than the one before. That doesn't happen when you eat one burger instead of two, and nothing else.
Instead, focus on getting more nutrition into your diet. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and eat them raw as often as possible. Cooking destroys nutrition, so if you do cook them, steam them instead of boiling them. Baby carrots, celery sticks, broccoli florets and radishes are all examples of foods that are delicious raw. And celery and radishes have another advantage. They are "free" vegetables (meaning that they have so few calories, you burn away any calories they give you just in chewing and digesting them). If you were constantly satisfying your craving for munchies with candy bars, potato chips, popcorn, and hard candy, then each night before you go to bed, prepare five or ten small sandwich bags full of washed and cut celery and radishes. Snack on them every time you feel a craving for a candy bar or a handful of potato chips. Instead of getting too many calories and no nutrition, you'll be getting no calories worth counting, and plenty of nutrition!
Drinking lots of water is also important when you begin a weight loss program. Find a 32-oz. bottle and make sure you fill it and drink it at least twice a day, preferably three times. You're probably already familiar with all the health and weight loss benefits of drinking water (flushes the system, eliminates toxins, purifies the kidneys, increases energy, improves blood flow to the brain, and on and on the list goes), but did you know that it also helps to curb your runaway appetite? Whenever you feel hungry, drink water. (This, by the way, is an excellent way of making sure you get your 8 glasses a day; if you're depriving your body of the food it was accustomed to, you're going to feel hungry more than 8 glasses worth per day.) Water makes your stomach feel full, so it stops complaining, and it also gives your hands and mouth something to do. You might be surprised how much of our eating is fueled by bored mouths.
Balance out these three elements, and you can be sure of a best weight loss diet program that leaves you feeling fit, trim, sexy, and energetic. Leave out one element, and the whole thing will fall apart.
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