Overcoming Weight Loss Difficulties
Weight loss is something that we, as a country, have struggled with for years. We see it every day as we're out and about, going on with our daily lives. I've struggled with this my entire life and about a year ago, I decided it was time to change myself for the better. Once I made that decision for myself, I never turned back and I have made significant changes in my health because of it. I would be lying if I told you it hasn't been challenging. It has absolutely been challenging and I'd never tell you any different. Weight loss difficulties very common and I'm here to tell you how to face them head on.
The most important part of weight loss is your diet. If you're an obese person, much like I was, you need to come to terms with the fact that you're addicted to food. This is because you've filled your body with chemicals and additives that your body has become dependent on. Your body doesn't know what to do with food that isn't chemically altered anymore.
Since you're addicted, you have to detox. You have to flush this garbage out of your system. Once you've done this, your body can start to enjoy actual food and convert it into energy. You can either buy a detox from your local supplement store, as long as it is an "all natural" detox, or you can do it the old fashioned way by removing harmful things from your diet and converting your body over time. Start removing things like soda or sugary foods such as pastries & candy from your diet and you'll see a change very quickly. Start introducing things into your diet like green vegetables and whole fruits (as opposed to juices) and you'll start to see even more changes.
The goal is to eventually start eating clean at least 6 days a week. Eating clean basically equates to natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole sprouted breads and proteins that are not pre-packaged or manufactured. Eating clean while managing your caloric intake melts off your fat and gives you natural energy that you can use for the next step.
The next step to successful weight loss is exercise. Exercise is very important for your overall health. You need to be active as often as you can. You need energy to exercise, which is where the food comes into play. Good food becomes good energy which becomes a great workout. It's pretty crazy how simple that formula is once you think about it.
Working out for an obese person can present a challenge so I want to give you some tips and tricks to help you along the way. The first and most important thing to remember is variety. Don't do the same thing over and over again or your body will get used to it. This is how you plateau and get discouraged. I recommend a Monday thru Friday workout with at least two of those days being dedicated specifically to cardiovascular workouts. I do weight training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a cardiovascular workout for a cool down period. On Tuesday and Thursday, I do a full cardiovascular workout with core (stomach) workouts as a cool down.
Cardiovascular workouts are a must in your workout to burn fat. I recommend varying your cardiovascular workouts weekly so that by the end of the month, you've done 4 different types of cardiovascular workouts such as: Treadmill, Elliptical Machine, Swimming or Stair Climbers. And never start a cardiovascular workout until your heart rate is at 126 beats per minute because doing so wastes the calorie burn. Weight training is also important as muscles convert food into energy much faster and more effectively that fat, but you aren't trying to bulk up so you'll want to do smaller weights with higher amounts of repetitions.
So how do we get over those pesky weight loss difficulties when they show up? Be aware of what you're eating and how much of it you're eating. Your body will tell you when you're full. Listen to it when it talks to you. Make sure you are active whenever you are able. Make small changes such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking around the block once a day. The good food will give you energy and you'll want to burn it. As I said before, listen to your body when it talks to you.
Hopefully, following these steps helps you as it has helped me along the way. I've done this and lost over 70 pounds in less than a year. It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change. Remember that you are not on a diet, you are changing your life.