Weight Loss Do’s and Don’ts

Weight Loss Do's and Don'tsSummer is the most popular time for people to think of health and weight loss. It is the most popular thought on people’s minds. Even though summer and hot weather are right around the corner, it’s never too late to start! It is never too late to start to get healthy, anyway, however summer might provide the right motivation to begin doing so in the winter and spring. The beautiful weather is inspiring and the thought of yourself in a bathing suit or bikini can help keep you extremely motivated.

How many Pounds can you Safely Lose in a Month?

How much you can lose depends on many factors: if you weigh more you can lose more than a smaller person, if you have more fat than muscle you can lose more than a more muscular person, et cetera. Of course all diets are to decrease fat-based mass but you can also lose weight because of water loss which is not true weight loss. The best measure of success is still, and always will be, measurements. Metabolism plays a factor in how much weight one can lose as well; a higher metabolism will burn calories quicker than a person with a slower metabolism. As always, it is best to consult your doctor or GP for advice on diet and exercise programs. He or she will be able to tell you exactly how much, and how to lose weight per month.

As a general rule, the first few weeks of a new diet allows people to lose more weight than at any other time during their diet in a short time frame. Depending on how much you weigh, you can lose up to 20 pounds the first week safely, and approximately 15 or so the next week. If you are in the fairly normal range to begin with, this may only be 5 pounds the first week. After the first few weeks it is recommended to not lose more than 2 pounds a week because if you start to lose more than that for a long time period, you will start to lose muscle mass along with fat, which is unhealthy. It is always better to go slow and steady than quick and unhealthily.

 Why are Fat Diets Bad and should be Avoided?

A strict diet takes its toll on the body and mind, and cannot be sustained. It not only has to do with willpower and motivation, but also with your body. If you lose weight too quickly, your body suffers. When weight is lost too quickly, your body will burn muscle along with fat, and you do not want that. Furthermore, a strict diet causes a decrease of energy and can make us easily irritated and depressed. There are other side effects such as bad breath and acidification of the blood (acidosis) when weight is lost in too short of a time. In short, strict diets pose a risk to your body and you may end up quite sick; it is always best to lose weight slowly and carefully than quickly and recklessly.


Are there any Natural Foods that help Promote Weight Loss?

Fat is believed to be a source of chronic inflammation by experts, especially around the midsection. These fats build up around integral body organs and decrease their effectiveness, which may lead to other very serious problems such as kidney disease and failure, decreased liver function, heart disease, et cetera. To combat this, the adipose tissue (fat) that is built up around the midsection must be burned off and this is only to be done through hard work and diet.

There are some foods that can help promote weight loss through a number of different ways. Green tea, unsweetened, tends to help a sluggish metabolism by injecting it with slow-released caffeine. This tea also has added benefits such as vitamins, making it a much healthier choice than coffee in the morning. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids also help to promote weight loss by making the brain healthier and decreasing inflammation; also herbs and spices such as cinnamon and turmeric decrease inflammation. Be sure to include fresh fish such as salmon and dry roasted or raw nuts like walnuts and almonds. Fats also make other foods taste better, which is crucial if you are going to maintain any form of diet. Foods that do not taste good are not going to be appealing and you will eventually stop eating them and revert back to your favorite fattening foods.

What Mistakes do we Need to Avoid Making on a Diet?

It is often thought that merely following a diet will solve the problem of excess pounds. But this is not the case, and most of us will attempt to follow a temporary, or fad, diet, and end up failing. It is much more important to maintain a healthy diet for life. Only when you understand nutrition’s role in losing weight will you really lose it and keep it off healthily.

What Should I do if I do not Want to Lose Weight?

Never take dieting lightly. We are what we eat, the philosophers in the past have said. By dieting too much, you can end up starving your body of the nutrients it needs. Only diet for specific reasons that are important to you, whether losing weight or toning up, or improving your eating.

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