Weight Loss.

By: Taylor

High stress, busy schedules, sedentary lifestyles and fast food, thatís what many days are like for us and as a result, itís no wonder that weight gain and obesity is rampant in todayís society. In order to lose weight, and keep it off, one must adopt a new lifestyle completely. With todayís technology driven society, you must choose to put down and put aside electronics gadgets and get moving in a regularly patterned and scheduled exercise program as well as leave fast food behind and set aside time to cook and prepare healthy meals.

In todayís technology driven society, there is a distinct lack of strenuous activity which can be a major cause of weight gain. While machines were made to ease our daily lives, they can also affect our health in negative ways. For instance, the more we depend on machines to do our physical labor Ė or machines that cause us to be sedentary for long periods of time, the less calories we burn.

When a person gains weight, there can be any number of factors involved such as lifestyle, an eating disorder, a food addiction or dependency and emotional eating. The first step in losing weight is acknowledging what the root cause of weight gain is. If you have undergone any major changes in your life, such as the loss of a loved one for instance, you may find the root cause of your weight gain is due to emotional eating. If you have recently changed occupations and your new job has you sitting at a desk for eight hours a day instead of being on your feet and moving all day, then weight gain can be attributed to your lifestyle.

Now that you have determined why you have experienced weight gain, the next step is getting help. You may find that you need a therapist to deal with eating disorders, addictions and emotional eating, and those with lifestyle issues may find that they need to alter their schedules to allow time for exercise and physical activities.

Did you know that taking an extra 3,000 steps a day can decrease your weight by a pound a week?

Itís important to understand that any excess weight you have now can lead to a number of medical issues as you age Ė among them cardiovascular disease, heart disease and diabetes. Taking the time now to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle can lead to a more active and healthier life with both quality and quantity. In other words, being healthy and fit means longevity.

Did you know that losing weight slowly offers you the best chance at keeping it off? Remember, it took a while to gain weight Ė itís going to take a while to lose it in a healthy way.

In order to lose weight in a healthy way, you must do two things: Eat right and Exercise. While there are advertisements for all kinds of Ďmiracleí methods of weight loss, if you donít adhere to these two weight loss rules, you wonít successfully lose the weight and keep it off. Letís take a look at the two rules more closely:

Eat Right:

There is no need to starve yourself, and itís important to remember that. Simply substituting junk food with snacks that are healthier such as yogurt, fruits and vegetables and drink water, and juices instead of soda will prompt immediate weight loss. Next, work on portion control Ė if you keep all portions smaller than the size of your fist and eat at a slower pace, you will feel fuller faster and not want to go back for seconds. Drink lots of water as you are trying to lose weight. Not only will water keep your stomach full, it will also flush out your system and help you along the road to a healthier you.

Regular meal times are important as well. A healthy breakfast, a light lunch and a dinner meal at regular times will help you develop healthy habits. Snacks between meals should consist of fruit and vegetables. Late night snacking is not advised for those looking to lose weight. If you feel you are hungry just before bedtime, a large glass of water should make you feel full. Make sure you avoid foods that are high in sugar, fats and carbs.

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