Just like the tale of the tortoise and the hare, by keeping your goals in focus you will get there in the end.
Losing weight is one area where this definitely applies. The one thing most people want is to see results immediately when dieting. This is normal and no one should find fault with this. Human nature is to want things to happen immediately.
If you want immediate weight loss you are setting yourself up for failure. This is not to say you cannot lose a large amount of weight quickly but the short term loss often comes back twofold.
The weight you have gained is not a problem you can turn around in a matter of a month. The body is adaptable but it needs sufficient time to change permanently. The changes you make are going to require time for the body to adapt.
The time it took for humans to begin walking upright did not happen overnight. The changes we want to make in the appearance of our bodies is similar to this development. It will not take centuries for it to happen but it will take longer than just a few weeks. The acceptance of this fact will help you over the period of time it takes for losing the weight and you will not get disheartened if a few days go by and you do not lose any weight.
Often people believe the advertisements they see that are designed to sell products for weight loss. There are advertisements everywhere and I am sure you have seen the ones that promote huge amounts of weight loss in no time. We want to believe this can happen so we purchase the product. The one thing we are not thinking about is the outcome of this loss on our bodies.
For example, to lose 30 pounds in 30 days, you will need to burn more than 21,000 calories per week. For every pound of weight we lose, 3500 calories must be burned either through exercising or dieting. The weight will come off rather quickly and you will be happy to see results but it will not continue. After the first pounds are dropped, you will stop losing weight. When you cut this many calories, the body will start to protect itself and will stop burning calories unless it is absolutely necessary.
Think of it this way; your body is accustomed to having a certain amount of food and all of a sudden the supply is cut off. It will rebel because you have not given it the gradual amount of time it needs to adjust to this loss of food. This will cause the body to start its defense mechanism of protecting itself and it will stop burning calories. This leads to the end of weight loss.
To add to this problem, another one will stop the weight loss process. The brain needs 30% of the glucose we consume. This is acquired from what we eat. If you cut down tremendously on what you are eating, the brain has less glucose. This is what causes you to feel worn out, irritated and at the end of your rope. These feelings are enough to cause you to abandon any weight program and go back to the old way of eating.
The regular methods of losing weight usually do not work. Do you believe this or not? If you do not then why do people have so much trouble losing weight? The human body will not allow you to force it to lose weight. The process must be done a little at a time which allows your mind and body not to be stressed
Your goal for weight loss should be about 2 to 3 pounds per week. This, your body will accept without putting up a defense mechanism. Since this is a small amount when compared to total body weight, your body will regulate itself to this. This does not sound like a lot but for those who have lost a lot quickly and then gained it all back it sounds great.
If you add it up, two pounds per week over a year amounts to 104 pounds. This may seem like a long time to many but losing weight in this manner is doable. If you keep trying fad diets that take a lot off and then you put it back on, they will stop working. At the end of a year using the fad diets you will not be any better off than when you started.
When using a crash diet you are setting your body up to crash in a short period of time. By giving your body the proper amount of time to adjust to changes you make and doing it slowly, not only will your body be happier but your mind will too. Not to mention, the weight you take off will stay off. If not, stay on the crash diets and you will still be gaining and losing.
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