One of the reasons why many extreme weight loss diet programs fail is because people do not make the appropriate lifestyle changes. It is a fact that not many people enjoy exercise, so it’s no wonder obesity is such a common problem in United States. In order to lose weight some have chosen extreme weight loss diets to lose their extra pounds quickly. In the short term this may bring results, making the participants think they are doing the right thing, but in the medium to long term the weight will be put back on unless key lifestyle changes are made.
Unfortunately, exercise is not an easy task for everybody, but exercise doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym six times per week. Diets are effective when considering the body as a whole. Below are a few points to make sure you have a balanced diet and a balanced lifestyle, allowing you to shed those pounds quickly and safely.
1) A Low Calorie Diet is Important – Severe obesity can be treated with a really good and very low caloric diet. As shown in recent popular weight loss TV programs it is possible to lose many, many pounds in a few months. In order to do this you will need to be counting how many calories your are eating. Keeping track of how much you are consuming will give you a better idea of what you need to do in order to lose weight. You can match your calorie intake with your weekly weight loss to see if you are eating too much or too little. Bear in mind that if you are exercising you will need to increase your calorie intake to make sure you have enough energy for each workout session.
The recommended intake for women is around 1900 calories a day, while for men it is around 2500 calories. Everyone is different of course so you will need to find out what works for you. If you are concerned then consult with a trusted doctor or fitness specialist.
2) Trans Fats Are Out – Eating too much trans fat, such as from hydrogenated vegetable oils, is not going to help you loose weight at all. In fact, the best thing to do is cut out the junk food altogether and stop frequenting fast food restaurants for awhile. Fast food is a haven for bad fats, so even though it may be tempting to bite into a juicy double cheeseburger, resist the temptation and stay focused on your diet.
3) Drinking Water Is Vital – A weight loss diet will be more successful if you drink water regularly. When fat is burned toxins are released. Drinking water will flush out these toxins from the body. If you drink cool water it will also stimulate the metabolism because energy will be needed to warm the body.
4) Learn Some Sports – This may be a lot more fun than doing a regular routine exercise, and when you are having fun losing weight is easy. So choose any activity that will elevate your heart rate. Some examples are swimming, rowing, hiking, biking, squash, hockey, etc.
Bear these points in mind when you start your diet. Be aware of what you eat, enjoy an active lifestyle and start shedding those pounds!