An Organic Approach To Weight Loss
According to the Center for Disease control, the percentage of American adults who are obese is 34%, and the percentage that is overweight, but not obese, is 34% as well. Even considering that these are based upon the highly controversial Body Mass Index method of calculation, the proportions and the scale of the problem cannot be ignored. Around this clear majority of Americans who should be concerned about losing some weight has appeared an entire industry dedicated to helping them achieve their goal, generously helping itself in the process. While many products and techniques offered the suffering public are valid, from diets to weight loss pills and dietary supplements, the key is always sustainability, i.e. the likelihood that a method or product can be used, realistically, over the long term to achieve the goal of permanent weight loss.
The simple fact of the matter is that weight loss, like most things in life, can be reduced to simple mathematics. One pound of fat – 454 grams, or about half a kilogram – represents roughly 3,500 extra, unneeded calories. Reducing one’s caloric intake by 3,500 calories, below what is required for the proper functioning of the body, for a predetermined period of time will result in a one pound weight loss over said period; the same is true in reverse, and results in a one-pound gain.
Beware of Fad Diets – Fad diets keep appearing and making the news for one simple reason: they generally work. Their sustainability level, however, is very low and most are quickly abandoned for lack of motivation. Some of these diets, such as those that advocate eating a single type of food, are downright dangerous if extended over any significant period of time. Eating a simple, balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and lean cuts of meat will bring about permanent weight loss while enhancing the body’s overall health.
Cut The Fat – Removing unsaturated fat from the diet is a quick way to bring about a balanced diet; this not only removed empty calories, but also significantly reduces cholesterol intake, a major contributing factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of premature death in the United States.
What about Snacks – There are several schools of thought concerning snacking; i.e. eating between meals. Traditionalists will say that eating only at mealtimes will cut down on calories and promote weight loss, while others claim that snacking occasionally will prevent binge-eating a mealtime. One thing is for sure: if you must snack, have low carb protein bars or similar food types to ensure that you are not eating empty calories.
Exercise – Exercising to lose weight is great, but always chose an exercise type appropriate to your current condition. For some, this may mean walking 30 minutes a day; for others, running for an hour. Have protein supplements on hand to promote muscular recovery if required. Knowing that it takes a mile of walking at 3 miles an hour for a 200-pound person to lose 100 calories may make you reconsider that second slice of pie!
Always be careful of diets, dietary supplements or any product that promises immediate, permanent results. Remember that everything resists change, including your weight. Losing weight is not particularly complicated, but it will require a measure of effort of your part.