This article will primarily be based on my own experiences and what I’ve managed to learn over the years on this subject. In no way will it be technical in nature and results always vary from person to person. What works for one person doesn’t always work for someone else, but there will be tips and advice here that can be applied to the vast majority of people.
The Problem With Dieting
The number one problem with dieting in my eyes is that people don’t stick to the diet. The number two issue is that many diets are just not practical. To stay on them for the long-term is just too lifestyle-restrictive.
Carbohydrates are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to putting on body fat, and the majority of people eat way too many foods that are carbohydrate-rich. Many of the carbs we consume are highly processed and turn into simple sugars in the body. When these simple sugars are not used for energy, there is a very good chance the body will store them as fat cells. Complex carbohydrates are a little harder for the body to store, so the more unrefined the carbs are that you eat, the better.
The third problem with dieting is the body’s reaction to it. When you go on a diet that requires you to completely eliminate a food group or groups, you are never going to stick to this diet for the rest of your life and that is never the intention of the diet. To do so would be unhealthy for you in the long term. Let’s say you go on a diet that requires you to virtually eliminate carbs for a few months. Lacking this food group the body goes into ‘starvation mode’. Guess what happens when you re-introduce carbohydrates back into your daily diet? The body reacts and starts storing them as fat in case you decide to starve your body of them again. That is why so many people who go on these diets do lose weight, but end up putting more weight back on than they had prior to commencing the diet. It’s just not a good way of doing things in the long run.
Instead, it’s best to just trim back on certain things. If you’re eating a lot of junk food, then cut most of that out, but not entirely. Trim back your carb intake. If you are in the habit of eating 6 slices of bread a day, cut it back to 2 or 3. Eat more protein. Not only do proteins make your stomach feel fuller for longer, it is also much harder for the body to store them as fat. And always have those fresh fruits and vegetables every day. There is a lot of roughage in fruit and vegetables. Not only do these food groups supply the body with loads of vitamins and nutrients, they also help rid the body of excess, unused calories.
The bottom line is: It’s not just a matter of cutting back on your calorie intake to lose body fat. What’s more important is the type of calories you consume rather than the amount. That’s what’s important to take note of. Make 2 lists, one of what you currently eat and one of what you think you should eat in order to trim down.
Always, always drink plenty of water. Obviously the body needs it and it’s good for you, but water also helps flush out those fat molecules as your body starts to break them down. Never get slack with this all-important part of the process.
Exercise Is A Must
Aside from anything to do with weight loss or fitness, physical exercise and daily activity just makes you feel better physically and mentally. It’s a positive no matter which way you look at it.
I’ve seen many people over the years go on diets or take the latest magic fat-melting pill, but most have refused to increase their level of daily physical activity. I’ve never understood this.
The best way to burn fat is to burn energy!
Exercise doesn’t have to entail joining a gym and lifting weights. It could be a brisk walk every day, playing with the kids, swimming, cycling, playing a sport, going for a run. There are so many ways to stay active. The important thing is to make it a daily habit, be consistent. Burn those calories on a regular basis.
There is another point to consider here as far as the gym is concerned. If you are on some sort of a diet and doing cardio exercises to burn fat, then it is advisable to do some sort of weight training and strength training so you lose body fat only and not muscle. If you are female you don’t have to bulk up in the gym, just lift enough weight to maintain your body’s natural muscle structure.
For trimming off body fat quicker I recommend lighter weights with more repetitions for most of the week, and a couple of sessions of heavier weights with less reps. The heavier training will ensure the maintenance of the muscle structure while the higher rep sessions will help burn that fat off quicker and give your body that attractive muscle definition and toning. If you really don’t want to use a gym, consider doing some push ups and sit ups at home, and perhaps investing in some dumbbells to do a bit of resistance training. However, I’ve found that when people commit to a gym membership they are more likely to commit to an exercise regime. Gyms often have a good social aspect too, where you can make new friends with common goals and motivate one another to achieve results.
Regular exercise increases your metabolism, which in turn burns fat and energy more efficiently. With an increased metabolic rate the body will continue to burn more calories even when you are resting. Keep this in mind.
Supplements and Magic Diet Pills
I’ve said this before in another article I wrote on weight loss. Supplements and diet pills are only as active as the person taking them, so be active and they’ll help to a degree. There is definitely some science behind these supplements to aid in weight loss, giving some credence to their ability to help you burn fat and lose excess body weight.
Garcinia Cambogia blocks an enzyme in the body from storing fat deposits. It is particularly useful when it comes to unused carbohydrates. On this supplement the unused energy is eliminated from the body rather than stored as fat. This natural supplement also acts as an appetite suppressant by raising serotonin levels in the brain and making you feel less hungry.
Chlorogen 800 is a green coffee bean extract which also contains caffeine. The active ingredient in these capsules is chlorogenic acid. This acid helps the body reduce sugar and glucose absorption through the liver. The glucose is slowly released into the bloodstream, thus giving the body less chance to store it as fat. Finally another reaction occurs that both blocks and burns the fat.
Phen375 is another weight loss supplement that also comes with a diet plan as part of the package. It serves as a fat burner as well as an appetite suppressant. It includes the popular fat burning ingredient – L-Carnitine. It also contains several other fat burners designed to increase your metabolism, as well as increasing energy levels.
Zotrim is an all-natural, herbal weight loss supplement containing a patented blend of three South American plant extracts: Damiana, Guarana and Yerba Mate. This supplement works as an appetite suppressant by slowing down the digestion and absorption of food in the stomach, making the user feel fuller for longer. Containing guarana and caffeine, the product also acts as a stimulate and boosts energy levels so the taker feels more inclined to increase their physical activity and thus burn more calories.
Supplements such as the above do help with weight loss, but they require effort on the part of the supplement taker. Combine them with regular physical exercise and sensible eating habits and you will see results far more quickly than going on some temporary fad diet.