Key Components to Successful Weight Loss

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Many people go through life riding up and down on the weight roller coaster. It becomes a vicious cycle of gaining weight, losing it, and then gaining it back again. As the weight starts to creep back on it is time to start another diet, or exercise program, or medication to get the weight to come back off. Somewhere along the way this endless cycle needs to be broken. I have found there are several key components to successfully losing weight and I want to share them with you.

Set Goals

Before you even start losing weight you should first set clear, tangible goals you would like to reach and make sure these goals are able to be measured. People who succeed in losing weight and transforming the way they look are people who can visualize the end result and motivate themselves until they reach it. These people are determined and disciplined enough to force themselves to stick to a program and persevere even though there are times they may see no visible results.

Have a Positive Attitude

Start any weight loss program with a positive attitude. This is often the "make it" or "break it" step, regardless of the program you may be on. Having a positive attitude keeps you motivated and focused through the emotional highs and lows of the weight loss journey. One of the best possible weight loss strategies to begin with is to start thinking about your body's fundamental nutritional needs.

Metabolism is Key

People often mistake being overweight or obese as “the problem” rather than seeing the bigger picture. It is a symptom of poor health as well as an underlying problem with the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. By focusing on balancing your body’s chemistry with a way of eating that supports your individual metabolic needs, you can solve many health problems, like excess weight, all at one time.

Body Composition versus Body Weight

Healthy body composition is not determined by what the scale says you weigh, but by the percentage of lean muscle to fat. Keeping the percentage of fat low and lean muscle high is ideal for maximizing strength, maintaining hormonal balance, revving up metabolism, and controlling weight. Muscle tissue is the biggest user of calories in the body. Therefore you want to preserve the muscle mass that you have and even increase your amount of muscle mass as you age.

After age 25, adults lose an average of 0.5 to 1.0% lean muscle mass per year. This is important because, as I said earlier, muscle mass metabolizes about 75% of the calories you take in daily while fat burns hardly any calories.

Therefore, if you lose 20% of muscle mass over time, but eat the same number of calories daily, your body can no longer metabolize those calories the way it used too. It will store them as fat in the abdomen, hips, thighs and other regions of the body. As your muscle mass goes down, your body fat goes up.

The central part of any weight loss journey is you. Take charge of your life again and start doing all those things you are missing out on. Become a healthier, more energetic person. Start today by losing that excess weight and keeping it off.

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