Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Losing weight? How easy is it?

It is as easy as setting a goal. But it had better be an achievable one.

Shoot for 1 pound a week. Go ahead, try it. That's 52 lbs this year alone.

Sure dieting will work for a while but there are two words why dieting alone is a multi-billion dollar business. Repeat business.

The body is a wonderful thing. It will take what you give it (or take from it) and adapt and continue to run. Wonderful thing. But we lose sight of what we are doing to ourselves because of the adaptations.

You've heard the conversation. "I didn't lose any weight this week. I don't know what is wrong!" Still people don't get that they have hit their plateau and need to change their approach.

Naturally I lean towards eating a more appropriate amount of food that sustains their activities and a healthy amount of exercise.

Years of experience and an ever growing amount of research is clearly demonstrating that dieting alone is not as healthy as it once was considered.

It can't be said enough. Be active, eat a healthy amount of food, don't restrict for restrictions sake. This is where an experienced fitness professional who is looking out for your best interests is extremely helpful.

Find one who understands the difference between a BMI (ok) and Body Composition (best) and how it influences your BMR (basal metabolic rate). BMR is the baseline energy requirements of your body before you even think about getting active. Literally. Then have an appropriate nutrition plan designed that supports your goals, be they mass loss or gain.

Now get to it. I believe you can achieve your goals.


In health,

Todd

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