Foodfacts.com has been wondering: are there really any secrets to weight loss success?
We have all heard by now that fad diets don’t work. There might be some short-term success, but these diets often create a “yo-yo” effect of rapid weight loss, followed by eventual weight gain. What’s the answer?
Meanwhile, there are many fad weight loss programs advertised in every type of media. You would think that out of all there programs and diets, there would be one that works for sure. But there is a program that pretty much works every time it is tried and it is not a diet nor is it a diet pill. It is the program of exercise and good nutrition. It works just about every time it’s tried. What is the program used by the military in every country around the world? It is the exercise and good nutrition program. From the first day a person joins the military, they are led in exercises and long runs daily. This is because it is very important for the military to stay in top shape. Don’t you think if there was a fad diet that worked quickly the military would use it? But there is none other than the exercise and good nutrition program.
The secrets to weight loss success are not really secrets at all but it seems that way because they are drowned out by all of the fad diet hype. The first secret to weight loss success is to stop dieting and get active. You have to burn off more calories than you take in each day so that you can lose weight. You can do things like bicycle, run, walk, run up stairs, chop wood, and do intense yard work. You say you don’t have time? Then fit these activities within your daily routine. If you can walk or bike to work then do so and leave your car at home. Your body will benefit from it and your wallet will too in terms of gasoline savings. Take a walk at lunchtime when at work instead of going to some fast food restaurant. You will have more energy in the afternoon.
The next secret is to eat right. This means cutting down on the sugary snacks and reducing your portions at meals. It also means eating a balanced diet covering the food groups necessary to sustain your body. Starvation is not the answer as the weight you lose will only be water weight and as soon as you start eating again you will gain it all back. Go to a military dining facility and see the vast choices of food they have in there yet the service men and women are all fit and trim. That is because they eat right and exercise. It should be no big secret but unfortunately it is.
The most important meal of the day is breakfast and you should make sure you eat a good one. If there is any meal you should never miss it is breakfast. Breakfast restores nutrition in the body after it has fasted all night. It is food for the brain and it is a well-known fact that students perform much better when they have had the proper breakfast.
Finally, keep your eating patterns regular. If you wait several hours between meals then you will be much hungrier when you finally do sit down to the meal. In this condition, we tend to eat more. It is better to eat smaller meals with some healthy snacks in between. This will maintain a more stable metabolism within your body and reduce the likelihood that you will overeat at any one meal.
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