Getting Off The Scale - Making Lifestyle
Changes To Improve Your Body
Low-cal, low-carb, and low-fat diets all have one thing in
common: deprivation. This kind of deprivation cannot be sustained forever. Even
if you meet your goal you'll gain the weight back the minute you stop starving
When you eliminate an entire food group or many calories from
your diet, you lose weight but you don't necessarily lose fat. With this kind
of diet, your loss consists of healthy lean tissue and water, not the fat you're
dying to get rid of.
If you're interested in getting and keeping a healthy
body, its best to shift your focus away from the scale. Your goal should be to
look and feel good, not lose a specific number of pounds.
How to exercise
smarter, not harder
If you're frustrated by the results you get from
cardio workouts, it might be time to rethink your strategy. A reduced calorie
diet, combined with heavy cardio-exercise actually burns muscle along with fat.
You might also have noticed that this formula never changes your shape,
only makes it a little smaller. If you start out pear shaped and lose twenty pounds
in this way, you just end up a smaller pear.
A better choice is a nutritionally
balanced, higher-calorie diet and resistance training to build lean muscle mass.
The more lean tissue you have, the more fat you burn. And the more fat you burn,
the more lean tissue you have. Also, resistance training allows you to sculpt
your body, an important goal for changing your shape.
It's a healthy cycle
that leads to life-long success.
Where to turn for advice, training,
When you're looking to make lasting changes in your health,
it can help to have a bit of support. The diet-industry does not exactly inspire
trust with their gimmicks, empty promises, and high-priced temporary solutions.
So where can you turn when you need to get a handle on your love handles?
are some things to keep in mind when you're looking for a little help:
for fitness solutions that offer education as opposed to slogans. You're not looking
for a quick-fix solution or gimmick. Find a program that equips you with the knowledge
and motivation to truly change your lifestyle.
- Any weight-loss
plan worth your time should have structured nutritional guidelines without demanding
extreme deprivation. Look for balanced nutrition rather than the latest fad diet.
Any program you choose should encourage accountability. Friendly competition can
be a great motivator. Competition can spur you on even when you've had a stressful
day and don't feel like hitting the gym, or when you're debating that candy bar
in the office vending machine.
- Don't shy away from programs that
demand your fidelity and participation. If you are truly dedicated to the goal
of a healthy body, you will want to find programs that encourage and facilitate
Nothing good comes easy.
Remember, this is
a lifestyle change you're working towards here. There is no quick-fix or miracle
solution for weight-loss. But with dedication and determination you can make your
body leaner, stronger and healthier.