There's no denying that obesity is a real problem in our society. Many people look in the mirror and want to change. Some may feel like they don't look as good as they could while others are dealing with impending health conditions that can be quite serious. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the health implications that are connected with obesity or even with being overweight can be frightening. Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even an increased risk of stroke are just a few of the health conditions that can come from being overweight. If you have decided to drop some weight, the main thing is to do it the healthy way.
1. Eat regular meals. This may seem like the last thing you should do if you want to begin losing weight. Space your meals out evenly during the day so that you are never tempted to overeat because of extreme hunger. Your metabolism will keep functioning at optimal speed only if you eat food regularly.
2. Eat natural foods. One of the main differences between food now and in the past is the density of calories. Our modern foods are processed to take out the healthy fibers and other nutrients that may dilute strong flavorings. In some cases they are also cooked in extra oil to make them more palatable. Instead we need to be eating these foods with all of their natural fibers and nutrients, in as close of a form to their natural state as possible. Concentrate on whole foods such as whole grains, fruits, seeds, nuts, and vegetables.
3. Beware of fats and sugars in the processed foods you eat. Make slow changes in the amounts you eat of each as you progress towards more of the natural foods. One of the easiest ways of making the transition is to permanently replace each sugary or fatty food in your diet with a natural food each week.
4. Drink plenty of water. Your body is mostly made up of water. The functions of your body that maintain your life all depend on water. A small person needs at least 64 ounces of water over the course of each day to maintain optimal body function. If you want to keep your metabolism at full functionality, make drinking water a daily priority in your life. Avoid sodas, even diet sodas. Avoid juices, eating the fruits or vegetables instead. Water is the only liquid your really need in your body.
5. Exercise must be the centerpiece of healthy living weight loss. Weight loss should be centered around working out with weights and doing cardiovascular exercises. But for beginners, it is perfectly fine to simply go out and walk each day. You will find you get healthier and lose weight faster if you are consistent with your weight loss exercise program.
6. Don't Lose too Fast. It is important that you only strive to lose no more than two or three pounds a week. If you lost more you could be risking harming your body. Additionally, you will tend to look flabbier and less healthy.
When you want to lose weight, take the time to do it right and do it healthy. Don't rush it and take care of yourself. Treat your body like the temple that it is.