The subject of weight loss is a hot topic that has millions of people wondering how it is done, which method are most efficient, and why nothing seems to work as it’s advertised. What most people don’t seem to realize that weight loss before and after requires effort and discipline to achieve. Losing weight is a process that is usually only accomplished through hard work and diligence concerning one’s diet, workout routine, and their level of commitment to both.
How/Why People become Obese
Excess fat doesn’t just appear on a person’s body unless there is a pre-existing disease or disorder that doesn’t allow for proper absorption of nutrients into the body and proper waste disposal. While becoming obese isn’t limited to the foods we eat and our increasing lack of activity, such factors can cause serious atrophy in the muscles that are needed for locomotion and even proper bodily functions. Eating too many unhealthy fats can tax the liver, which is in charge of producing and providing the necessary insulin to break down sugars in the bloodstream. If the liver is somehow compromised, insulin begins to build up in the system and diabetes becomes a very real threat. So while food and lack of activity aren’t directly responsible for obesity, they are contributing factors.
Remaining active can go a long way towards keeping the body healthy, as a strong body
is often a healthy, fully functioning body. But being active doesn’t mean competing in
marathons or going to gym every single day to max out on repetitions with insane amounts of
weight. It takes very little to remain active each day, as a twenty minute walk can get your blood
pumping and elevate your heartbeat. This promotes a working metabolism and a positive
upswing in bodily functions. Liken your body to an automobile. If you put the right fuel in the
tank and take it out to run it occasionally it will work smoothly and without fail. But, if you put
the cheapest fuel you can find in the tank and just let it sit, there are chances it could begin to fail when you attempt to use it.
How Weight Loss Starts
Surprisingly, weight loss before and after you begin your diet and workout regimen has more to do with the foods you eat than the exercises you do. What goes into your body often dictates how you feel and how effective your different bodily systems work. One main proponent of gaining weight is how much you eat. Your body will often tell you in various ways what it needs. It’s up to you to listen.
Eating too much is a common problem among many people, and can lead to weight gain far quicker than any lack of activity ever could. By packing on the calories you continue to overtax your liver and as a result the foods you eat continue to go undigested, unprocessed, and those fats begin to accumulate in your body. Coupled with inactivity, a greater caloric intake can cause serious problems with your metabolism and can cause a rapid amount of weight gain in a very short time. This is not healthy for the body or the heart as your arteries can and will begin to clog with the buildup of plaque and your heart will have to work much harder to keep pumping blood throughout the body in an effort to keep everything working properly.
Watching what you eat and how much you eat is a good start to promoting weight loss. It’s often recommended to eat fiber and other such foods in order to gain the feeling of being full so that you won’t continue to consume calories in an attempt to fill yourself up. By doing this you will be able to better resist the temptation to continue to shovel food into your mouth and thereby worsen the problem.
Watching how much you eat can be a challenge, and this is where your self-discipline
must take over. No one can rightfully tell you to stop eating or to take only small portions, so this
part is entirely on you to execute. By taking smaller portions you will undoubtedly remain hungry for some time, no matter if you eat foods that are more filling and are able to sustain you for longer. This is a process that many people aren’t always willing to undergo in an effort to promote weight loss. There are foods that can be eaten in great quantities and possess few calories, but very often those foods don’t provide the needed sustenance that can keep a person full.
Paying attention to what you eat is just as important as how much. Staying away from refined sugars, excessive amounts of carbohydrates, and foods rich in saturated fats can go a long way towards promoting weight loss before and after you begin. The more you avoid such foods the less chance they will have of hardening your arteries and eventually leading to conditions such as diabetes.
Why Exercise is Important
As stated above, exercise doesn’t mean you need to work as hard as a trained athlete or even a weekend warrior who lives to pump iron in their spare time. You don’t need to kill yourself to keep a healthy body. What you do need to do is get off the couch, turn off the television, and go out for a walk, a run, a stroll, anything just to get your heart pumping and your metabolism running properly. On days when inclement weather makes this unlikely you can utilize your television to dial up a workout routine or purchase a DVD that will keep you active for at least twenty minutes or more.
No one is demanding that you keep up with people who have been into fitness for years
on end, but to keep the weight coming off you’ll need to do more than just eat right. Activity not
only helps the body to metabolize the food it takes in, but it also helps to keep muscles strong
and flexible, which can be important to movement, durability, and endurance. As we get older
our bodies begin to gradually wear out, and the muscle tone that we need begins to deteriorate. By keeping active for at least twenty minutes or more per day it is possible to promote weight loss and remain healthy long into your golden years.