What is one of the hardest parts about following a restrictive diet? I've found most people struggle to follow the diet totally and usually end up feeling as if they've failed.
I believe that it's not you who've failed; it's the diet that's failed you. Most diets have too many rules. First, it makes it difficult for you to put all the rules into practice from day one. Second, most of us, as normal human beings, don't want to be held down by rules, so we start to feel rebellious.
The average American gains five pounds a year, every year over the age of thirty. Some estimate that 50 or even 60 percent of our society is overweight. Of course, the best way to avoid obesity is to resist temptation and never let these unwanted calories cross your lips in the first place. But is there a moderate, practical approach that will allow us to balance the love of food with exercise and prevent
this gradual, but seemingly "inevitable", weight gain? In addition to restricting unnecessary calories, there is much you can do.
Number One -Cardiovascular Exercise
Just the other day, someone asked me what I thought was the #1 "Most Important Factor" in determining how fit you became.
They wanted to know if it was Cardio, Weight Training, or Proper Nutrition.
I think my answer may have puzzled him a bit because I said it was none of those.
After I thought about the question for a few minutes, I told him that there was a more important factor that preceded any of those he mentioned.
I told him it was your attitude that determined your fitness levels and what type of conditioning you'll achieve.
New diets and miracle weight loss solutions are always being advertised. These normally cost people a ton of money and lost weight is normally quickly regained. People tend to focus more on the quick weight loss formulae that often harm the body and make it harder to keep off lost pounds.
Many diets make you lose water weight! It's a dirty secret that the weight loss industry would rather keep under wraps. You've seen it thousands of times - a brand new weight loss product comes on the market promising to help you lose huge amounts of weight in a very short period of time. They then show you glowing testimonials of people who were able to achieve those miraculous results.
What they will often leave out is that those people in the testimonials and the weight that you would lose with the product is not fat!
"Why Does It Matter? I Just Want to Weigh Less..."
The route to permanent weight loss is to make changes. I’ve found that when most people want to lose weight, they decide to go on a restrictive diet. This type of dieting calls for many changes at once and although most people are able to stick with this for a short while, they usually find they can’t sustain it. Unfortunately, the feeling of failure creeps in and leaves us feeling worse than when we started to lose weight. I’ve found that many people who follow restrictive diets lose some self-esteem each time they feel they’ve failed.
Your weight loss success can be calculated a number of different ways.
You should calculate your progress not only by your physical appearance, but also by decreases in medical problems, decreased reliance on medications, fewer injuries, etc.
Try to notice and recognize a change for the better in energy, performance, self-esteem, improvements in health risk factors and medical conditions, improved quality of life and psychological functioning, healthier eating, and more enjoyable physical activity and the many other benefits you'll gain from reaching your weight loss target
As I write this article, 65% of American men and 62% of American women are overweight. 22% of our children are overweight and 0% of them are obese. All of this despite the fact that Americans spend an average $40 billion a year on diet and weight loss related products! For $40 billion a year, you would think that we would be getting better results than we obviously are.
I believe that the average American is confused about how to lose weight, get themselves in good shape and protect themselves from
Believe it or not, losing a little or a lot of fat involves pretty much the same concept - consistent dieting coupled with cardiovascular exercise and weight training. This is how the professionals do it, and it works. Many of you may be hesitant to start a weight training program, but the benefits far outweigh any reservations you may have. Weight training enhances your fat loss by increasing your muscle mass and more muscle means more calories burned (faster metabolism).
On the road to weight loss, fitness, and health, you can easily become discouraged. In fact, discouragement is what leads many people to give-up when they may have been near a point of significant progress and encouragement in their program.
I've put together my "top 10" points of encouragement to help keep your spirits high on your road to weight loss, fitness, and health..