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When we look in the mirror and discover that we “cough, cough” . . . let ourselves go, we have a natural inclination to eat less food.  We may skip lunch or eat only a tiny amount of our dinner in the hope that if we eat less our body will burn off some of its fat.  But that is not necessarily true.  Eating less actually makes it more difficult to lose weight.  It throws off your metabolism and its not the way God intended for us to live.

Keep in mind that the human body took shape millions of years ago, and at that time there were diets.  The only low-calorie event in people’s lives was starvation.  Those who could cope with a temporary lack of food were the ones who survived.  Our bodies, therefore, have developed this built-in mechanism to help us survive in the face of low food intake.

When researchers compare overweight and thin people, they find that they are roughly the same number of calories.  What makes overweight people different is the amount of fat that they eat.  Thin people tend to eat less fat and more complex carbohydrates.

Time and time again,  people “go on” diets; and that’s where they go wrong.  “Going” on a diet automatically sets a person up for failure because what they are essentially doing is temporarily changing their eating and activity habits to produce the desired effect of weight loss.   After I lost 70 lbs, there was hardly a day that went by that I wasn’t asked about how to quickly lose weight.  Most of these folks were on the verge of their annual summer vacation, or planning to go to a wedding or reunion of some sort.  That told me many things about their seriousness; one in particular being that they weren’t in it for the long haul.  Weight loss isn’t quick.  It took years to pack on the pounds; so taking it off is going to take some time.

When you think of the word “diet” what do you envision?  Carrot sticks, rice cakes, crystal light, slim fast; basically a zero fat diet?  Why is it that with all the books out there on losing weight, are we still so confused about how to lose weight and keep it off?  The word “diet” encompasses what your usual daily consumption of food amounts to.  It’s not a magic word that has super powers to melt away your body fat . It is what it is….and it’s up to you to get the word diet out of your vocabulary.

Losing weight is not something one can do overnight.  A carefully planned weight loss program requires common sense and certain guidelines.  Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformantion floating around and lots of desperate people are easily duped and ripped off.   If you find a workout that promotes exercise only without the benefit of a nutrition guide, then you should avoid it.

Every day one can open a magazine or newspaper and see advertisements touting some new product, pill or patch that will take excess weight off quickly.  Everyone seems to be looking for that “magic” weight loss pill.  CLICK HERE to read my post “Looking for a Quick Fix”.  Millions of Americans are trying to lose weight, spending billions of dollars every year on diet programs and products.  Often they do lose some weight.  But, if you check with the same people five years later, you will find that nearly all have regained whatever weight they lost.

A survey was done recently to try and determine if any commercial diet program could prove long-term success.  Not a single program could do so.  So rampant has the so-called diet industry become with new products and false claims that the FDA has now stepped in and started clamping down.  Make sure that you look for a “program” that involes exercise and a nutrition guide for long term weight lost.  All of Beachbody products come with both and they are essential in developing a new lifestyle and staying healthy for life.

Being seriously overweight and particularly obesity can develop into a number of diseases and serious health problems, and it is now a known fact that when caloric intake is excessive, some of the excess frequently is saturated fat.

The myth is that people get heavy by eating too many calories.  Calories are a consideration it’s true, but overall they are not the cause of obesity in America today.  Americans actually take in fewer calories each day than they did at the
beginning of the century.  The problem is that most people are less active then they were a century ago.  Most people walked everywhere or worked on farms and didn’t sit a a desk all day typing on a computer.  If calories alone were the reason we become overweight, we should all be thin.  But we are not.  Collectively, we are heavier than ever.  Partly, it is because we are more sedentary now.  But equally, as important is the fact that the fat content of the American diet has changed dramatically.

People who diet without exercising often get fatter with time.  Although your 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 your metabolism by exercising regularly.

Select an exercise routine that you are comfortable with.  Beachbody offers a variety of workouts that range from high intensity to low intensity to short workouts to one’s that last approximately 1 hour.

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