Thursday, April 23, 2009

You have to eat Less and Exercise More

The one and only way to actually lose real weight and keep it off is to eat less and exercise more. No natural supplement, or miracle exercise gizmo will let you magically shed pounds.

And, you have to do BOTH!!!! You cannot diet yourself down to your ideal weight. A crash diet is just that--you'll crash and rebound by not only putting back on the weight you lost, but additional weight as well.

You have to combine diet and exercise to lose weight in a controlled manner.

And, by eating less, I do not mean actually eating less food. I mean reducing caloric intake. You do not want to reduce your food intake to the point that you're hungry--that will lead to rebound eating.

What you have to do is replace nutrient deficient/calorie dense foods with nutrient rich/low calorie foods. And, the absolutely best way to do this is to gradually reduce your consumption of processed foods, meat and dairy, and replace them with whole grains as well as raw fruits and vegetables.

At the same time, you have to increase your overall levels of physical activities. This means adding regular exercise sessions to your routine, and finding opportunities to burn extra calories where ever you can.

And, rather than diving headlong into some crazy diet plan with an incredibly restrictive food intake and obscenely difficult exercise regime that you'll never stick with past a month, gradually make changes to your diet and exercise goals that you'll stick with for the rest of your life.

No, you won't lose 20 pounds in a month--but you may just lose 20 pounds in a year and keep it off. There are no fast, easy ways to lose weight.

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