People need to sit down and plan their meals. If meals are being planned in advance then its more likely that sensible eating habits will become a part of a healthy lifestyle. Along with planning meals, people should plan to make time in the day to exercise.To reduce body fat there does need to be a focus on increasing the amount of exercise thats done and not just solely on food intake. People who diet without exercising often get fatter with time. Although a persons weight may initially drop while dieting, such weight loss consists mostly of water and muscle. When the weight returns, it comes back as fat. To avoid getting fatter over time, increase the metabolism by exercising regularly.Leading experts now recommend that people who want to lose weight should start increasing their physical activity.
Just being more active in general such as climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, moving around instead of sitting still, sitting up instead of lying down as well as showing some excitement and enthusiasm instead of boredom are things that more effectively burn calories and reduce body fat.Generally these days people are more aware and accepting of the fact that they need to be exercising and a lot of people do commence exercising when they want to do something about their weight. But what they dont do, is change their eating and drinking habits. They still eat the same bad foods and probably more of it under the illusion that everything will be fine because of the amount of exercising they are doing. At the beginning of a new exercise and dieting campaign people may take to the streets by walking slowly around in the hope of losing weight. They exercise like this for a few weeks, they dont lose any weight and then they quit. And the reason they quit is a very simple one; they become frustrated and disillusioned about not having lost any weight.Quitting is inevitable because the only thing that changed for these people in those few short weeks is that they started walking. However its very unlikely anybody is going to lose weight by just by walking slowly around the street and not changing any other aspects of their lifestyle. People do the right thing as far as starting to exercise is concerned but they want instant gratification, its the quick fix syndrome. Instead of looking at the long-term picture and working on changing their overall lifestyle habits to accommodate gradual weight loss, its the same old thinking of I want it now. And because it doesnt happen now, they quit and any weight that has been lost goes straight back on.Though whats been written to this point are some of the main areas where people and diets going wrong, the biggest mistake people tend to make when starting a diet is to restrict what it is they eat to such a degree that the body doesnt get enough of the essential vitamins and minerals, nutrients, fibre, carbohydrates and protein to support weight loss. When people do this, what they eventually end up doing is put the body into survival mode and slow down their metabolism.
Sport Water Bottles Manufacturers Weight loss will occur initially but generally its only excess water weight that is lost and because the bodies metabolism has slowed down, most of whats eaten is thenstored as fat because the body is storing it for later use (survival). When people then give up on their diet and go back to eating what they were having before, they put the weight back on as quickly as they lost it and gain more weight because their metabolism is still working as slow as when they stopped dieting.So where people and diets go wrong is through the lack of planning, not having any goals, lack of inspiration to stay motivated, not eating sensibly, skipping meals, restricting what they eat, making bad rather than common sense choices, having the wrong mindset, acting on a whim, not exercising or not enough vigorous exercise, the lack of commitment and not being mentally prepared to handle the bad days that come along. If people sat down and mapped out a plan of what it is they wanted from a change of lifestyle just as they would if they were going on a holiday or building the dream home they always wanted, then the majority of people wouldnt fail. A point to remember is that the more a person knows about themselves in terms of what theyre doing before starting a weight loss plan, can make a huge difference to their long term success.When it comes to losing weight and being able to maintain it there are no shortcuts. People need to focus on the long-term health benefits of a change of lifestyle rather than wasting their time on unhealthy quick fix diets.Successful long-term weight loss comes from a combination of all the things that have been mentioned in this article. The chances of success for those people who implement any of the ideas contained here are going to be far greater than for those people who decide do something about their weight problem based on a whim.Copyright © 2005 Mark Allan. All rights reserved. This article may be freely distributed electronically or in print as long as the authors bio and links are included.