A WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION
HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT
I originally wanted to title this article: How to Lose Weight in a Safe and Healthy Way, but I finally decided not to.
My reasoning for this was that most of the people I have met who wanted
to lose weight, paid very little attention to, or simply were not aware of, the ultimate effects that most weight loss "solutions" will have on
their health. As with so many things in our modern society, most of us are focused on attaining some immediate, simple, or relatively painless
solution to our problem, not the long term implications. Just take a look at all the get-rich-quick schemes that people buy into when
simply putting their money in some wise investments...or not spending it in the first place...is more likely to actually produce wealth. But that's another topic.
It is this attitude that keeps an entire industry of weight loss supplements, diet pills, and producers of fad diets afloat...not to
mention the aforementioned get-rich-quick schemes. One aspect of this which I find very sad is that the majority of these weight loss
solutions either have a minimal effect on the problem for most people, or, even worse, have no effect at all! Since most people
seeking to lose weight are driven more by hope than by knowledge as they try one product or diet after another, not only do they fail to
lose weight, but they begin to lose hope as well.
Sadder still, perhaps, is the fact that, in most instances, not only do the pills and promises fail to deliver, but may actually have a
negative effect on health rather than the desired positive one! When you consider that one major reason to lose weight
is to acquire better health, to find yourself going in the opposite
direction can be devastating. Yet, as hope springs eternal, the individual continues to place trust, and money, in the next fad diet, the next diet pill, the next weight loss supplement.
Perhaps the saddest point of all is the fact that healthy, permanent
weight loss is simple to attain, and there is often no need to invest
any money at all!
Yet another sad fact is that while permanent, healthy weight loss is
simple to attain (please note that I did not say "easy" or "immediate")
many people will fail with any weight loss plan simply because of a
combination of unrealistic expectations and lack of knowledge of how
their body works.
Unrealistic expectations and lack of knowledge are the two main reasons
that people turn to diet pills, fad diets, weight loss supplements and
other purveyors of false hope.
Listen up people: The proven and basic weight loss equation
Weight Gain = More calories taken in than used.
Weight Loss = More calories used than taken in.
Most diet pills, and other weight loss supplements do their "work" by
causing either more calories to be burned, or by causing fewer calories
to be taken in. In other words, they either "rev up" your
metabolism, at least temporarily, or they suppress your
appetite. Some diet pills act by interfering with the body's ability to absorb
fats, and some cause the body to lose water. These last two
effects, like most of the others, last as long as the pills do, and any
weight "lost" will rapidly find it's way home once the supply is
depleted or the bottle is forgotten and pushed to the back of the shelf.
Most diets, whether fad or otherwise, act on the assumption that merely
decreasing the calories you eat will cause you to lose
weight. Some add the idea that certain foods will contribute
to the weight loss process by filling you up, providing fewer calories
than other foods, or by stimulating your basic metabolic rate in order
to burn more calories.
If you have paid attention, you have notieced that almost all of these
diets and products will commonly include a remark or warning that the
product or plan will work best, or only work at all, when combined with
regular exercise and sensible eating habits.
Now, there are many reasons why diets don't work, and that discussion
is too long to go into here. I have written several articles
on this subject, and they can be found on many sites around the
Internet, including the home page of this one. One major fact
to remember about diets is that once you cut your calories to a low
enough level to produce a weight loss, your body is going to reduce its
basic metabolism so that you will simply establish a new point at which
your weight will be maintained. This normally occurs after
only a few pounds are lost, so, in order to lose more weight, you have
to cut your calorie intake farther.
When the time comes that you "fall off the wagon" and go back to eating
the way you did before the diet, and you know you will, your body needs
fewer calories to function, so even more calories get stored as fat.
Diet pills (generally appetite suppressants) and other weight loss
supplements, which all work by altering the normal functions of your
digestive system, merely relieve you of taking responsibility for
eating properly, may cause health issues (in some extreme cases,
death), and will usually stop being effective the moment you quit
Neither method, diet pill or diet, improves your health, or teaches and
encourages a healthy lifestyle in which weight loss and weight
management is a normal byproduct. Even when, as instructed on
their own labels, they are used in conjunction with regular exercise
and sensible eating and living habits, they only contribute a small
portion to overall weight loss.
The actual weight loss
process is the result of exercise and sensible eating, while the pills
and potions just help the process along!
Additionally, whether a diet pill which obstructs or alters the normal
function of the body, or a diet which curtails the ingestion of the
broad range of nutrients necessary for a healthy body and mind,
interfering with the normal nutritional needs of a healthy body is,
almost by definition...unhealthy.
It would seem to me that since the purpose of weight loss should at
least partly be to become healthy, incorporating some moderate, regular
exercise into one's life while taking the initiative to eat more
sensibly (the two steps that are the most effective weight loss tips
around) should be the basis for any weight loss program. In
fact, regular exercise and sensible nutritional decisions will
completely negate the need for weight loss supplements, diet pills, or
fad diets. The person who opts for a lifestyle in which these
two issues are given importance...and are acted upon...will find that
they have discovered the real secret of how to lose weight.
How's that for a weight loss solution?
I have just posted a new article entitled 2 Steps to Weight Loss
P. S. If you want to learn more about why Diets Don't Work, please click here.
If you want to learn how to burn fat, a great book to read is Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto