Exercise and Weight Loss - What is the Best Way to Lose Weight ?
What is the Best to Lose Weight
The best way to lose weight or, as some people incorrectly spell it, the best way to loose weight, is to reduce your calorie intake and to increase the number of calories you burn, by increasing your normal eveyday physical activity or by using exercise equipment. In other words "eat less and exercise more". It's not a miracle cure but it is good old common sense. Some people of course are naturally slim and some people are naturally well rounded. So don't beat yourself up if are naturally larger, if you eat less and eat healthy then you will lose weight as long as you also exercise. So there is no need to follow weight loss programs, but you should adopt a lifestyle that will naturally lead to weight loss.
Exercise equipment such as treadmills or exercise bikes can help but exercise equipment is not actually necessary, you can get plenty of exercise walking or running in a park, or you can join a health gym where of course you can get access to all the exercise equipment you need. It is all a question of budget, as most people stop going to health gyms after about 2 months, even though they have paid for a year's subscription, so bear that in mond too.
The first step to weight loss is to have realistic goals. To do this you need to check out a BMI chart (Body Mass Index) - unfortunately all the BMI charts that people have been slavishly and sheepishly following for years have recently been discovered to be total nonsense. Did you know for example that according to BMI charts George Clooney is obese? If you have ever seen George Clooney then you know that there is no way he is anywhere near obese or even overweight. Yet according to BMI charts he is obese. This is an important point to bear in mind. If science is clearly talking nonsense then clearly you need to use some common sense too. Scientists are now revising their data and coming up with new BMI charts, so make sure you check out all the facts, before believing what you read on the first BMI chart you come across !
Secondly, your weight loss program must be aimed at losing weight gradually. Losing weight quick is not so clever as you usually just put it all back on again.
To lose weight successfully, requires a change in lifestyle, not a diet. This simply means eating less food and reducing the number of calories you intake and being more physically active. Some physical activity is actually quite pleasant !
Avoid foods which are high in calories, i.e. cookies, cakes, sweets, fried foods, fats, oils, and spreads, fizzy drinks or sodas etc... are full of sugar, even the so-called diet or lite drinks, so cut them out altogether. Reduce your intake of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Eat foods which are high in fiber, i.e. fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, and whole grains.
Exercising more will assist weight loss, but exercise does not have to be strenuous, some studies show that several short sessions of exercise a day are as good as one long session. The advice is to do more than 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity each day. Walking is fine and a good way to lose weight, even just walking round the mall, in fact there is now a new craze known as mall walking, as long as you don't feed yourself while you're doing it.