There's nothing quite like giving yourself a rapid boost to your confidence and self esteem than to succeed in losing several pounds in weight in a relatively short space of time by following a sensible and well planned diet and exercise strategy. By making use of the following tips, you can get yourself well underway to doing exactly that!
All you need to do is to make a concerted effort to act and you may surprise yourself at what you can realistically achieve.
Healthy Slimming Diet
The place most people like to start when they are about to try and lose several pounds is by taking on a low calorie diet of some description. While this would at first glance appear to be the logical thing to do, it is not necessarily the right thing to do for everyone.
That's because different people have different metabolisms and each will manage differing levels of weight reduction by simply following a calorie restrictive diet. There is more to diet than just cutting calories, as you will see.
What you want to aim for here is a way of burning more fuel than you are putting into your body through food. You can do that by cutting back on the calories, but when you do that, your body naturally slows down its metabolic rate to compensate. A better way is to give the body exactly what it needs and use exercise to create the negative calorie balance, so that your muscles are doing the work of burning more calories (units of energy) than you are taking in via your food.
The best part is that that you get to eat a more interesting diet and one that still contains a lot of the things you like. However, you do have to cut back pretty hard on those high glycemic carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, while rice and all products that contain refined white flour and refined sugar. But it also means you can eat more "real" food, such as lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, diary products in moderation and fresh fruit and vegetables.
The general idea is to greatly increase the amount of protein you are eating as well as lots of dietary fiber to bulk the meals while providing your body with an essential factor in its digestive process that eases elimination and ensures a healthy bowel. You should also drink lots of plain water to also aid digestion and to maintain the correct level of hydration.
Exercise to Burn Fat
The fat burning side of the equation comes from the exercise you will be doing. It means working pretty hard, but you are aiming for relatively rapid weight loss here, so you should expect to get out of it what you put into it.
Find some exercises that you like to do. It's no good slogging away at something you hate! If you like swimming but hate running, then go have a good, long swim every day! If you prefer cycling to playing contact sports, then get on your bike and cycle every day.
Notice I wrote "every day" here. If you are serious about slimming down and improving your level of fitness and health into the bargain (which you should) and also to make some nice improvements to your figure, then you must exercise every day. Three times a week in the gym just won't cut it!
You can mix them up if you like. Swim one day, go for a long cycle ride the next and even run the day after if you like. It all depends on your current level of fitness. If you are relatively fit, then do as much as you feel you can. Have a day or three in the gym to further mix the activities and to ensure that all your muscle groups get a good workout.
But if you are not very fit and have been leading a sedentary lifestyle for a while, you must start exercising slowly and gradually build up your level of exertion gradually. This will slow down your rate of weight loss, at least in the beginning, but you have to do this or you may place yourself at risk of over-exertion in the initial stages which can incapacitate you and totally scupper your chances of losing the excess. So be careful!
Exercise and Diet
The combination of exercise and a healthy, balanced diet full of fresh foods and devoid of all the processed, junk food that so many people seem to be hooked on these days, will be your recipe for a rapid assault on your excess fat and will cause a more rapid and healthy loss of fat through natural methods. The rate at which you lose that excess will depend on several factors.
These factors will be personal to your own circumstances at the time you intend to get started and comprise such variables as:
- Your starting weight
- The amount of weight you intend to lose
- The time limit you impose on yourself to lose it
- Your current fitness level
- Your ability to train hard
- Your ability to eat properly
- Your ability to drink only plain water and no soda!
- Your motivation to succeed
There are other factors such as your medical condition, your build, your fat to muscle ratio and many other things. But essentially, the strategy of eating and exercising to get slim and fit is much more appealing to those that wish to attain a good rate of weight reduction and maintain it in the long term.