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Do you want to welcome 2014 with a healthier lifestyle? Up for the challenge?

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Ready or not............here comes the new year!

2014 is right around the corner and we are all making new year's resolutions, right? And after all the feasting we are going to do during the remainder of this holiday season, most of our new year's resolutions will be about losing weight. Do you realize how much weight loss organizations are going to make in the next two months? They are going to make mega bucks! Whenever people gain weight they panic and want to get rid of those extra pounds as soon as possible. Well the weight-loss industry knows all about those panicky feelings, and they see this as an opportune time to take advantage of as many people as they can.

Attractive quick weight-loss tactics

How many quick weight-loss advertisements have you seen on television over the holiday season? You have witnessed people giving testimonies about losing 40 pounds in 8 weeks or less. You have seen before and after pictures; with the after pictures showing dramatic physical changes with weight loss. And if you think these after pictures are too good to be true you aren't wrong because the dramatic weight loss is short-lived! Any quick weight-loss is a fad and weight loss that happens quickly is not going to stay off! Diets that promise a weight-loss more than 2 pounds per week are the pitfall to people gaining weight back. The quicker you lose the weight, the more likely your chances are of gaining that weight back.

Now we all know that losing weight is easier than keeping the weight off. Have you ever wondered why you lose weight and gain it back quickly? This loss and gain of weight is called diet-cycling, also known as yo-yo dieting. The reason this happens is because of homeostasis, a defense to maintain an equal energy balance within the body. Gradual weight loss does not shock and alarm the homeostatic status of your body. Therefore losing weight slowly is successful in keeping the weight off because it gradually resets your homeostasis status. Diet cycling is unhealthy and medical research has proven results that yo-yo dieting actually weakens one immune system; increasing their vulnerability to other diseases.

A few tips to help you lose weight properly and permanently

-Seek medical guidance
The most important thing to remember with losing weight is the importance of seeking medical guidance from your healthcare practitioner before beginning any weight-loss program. Remember, everyone is an individual! Therefore, each weight-loss plan should be one tailored specifically for you and you only and this plan should be monitored by your healthcare practitioner for safety reasons. Many people who are overweight suffer with medical conditions that they may not be aware of. This is why it is imperative to contact your healthcare provider with your concerns of being overweight.

-Eat a healthy low-calorie diet
A controlled caloric diet is a main ingredient to proper weight loss. It will also help keep the weight off because your weight loss with it will be reasonable. Most successful weight loss diets are 1500 calories or at the minimum 1200 calories daily. Beware of any diets that are less than 1200 calories daily! They are starvation diets and will force the body into a pre-starvation status. Starvation diets are never successful because they are impossible to maintain. They cause binge eating in the late afternoon or evening. They also slow your metabolism down as well as set you up for failure! These diets never work because the human body requires the proper amount of fuel to function properly. Also remember to eat plenty of vegetables and fruits! Vegetables and fruits that are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates should be at the top of your list (turnip greens, artichokes, green peas, broccoli, apples, oranges, strawberries, and raspberries). Foods high in fiber take longer to eat, fill your stomach up sooner, and you end up eating less. Last, but no least. Don't forget to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Water flushes out your system as well as fills you up and helps reduce hunger pains! Don't forget to eat plenty of vegetables and fruits! Vegetables and fruits that are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates should be at the top of your list (turnip greens, artichokes, green peas, broccoli, apples, oranges, strawberries, and raspberries). Foods high in fiber take longer to eat, fill your stomach up sooner, and you end up eating less. Last, but no least. Don't forget to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Water flushes out your system as well as fill you up which helps reduce those hunger pains.

-Develop an exercise program to help you burn calories!
Even though the key to losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise, exercising is still very important. We know that our weight is mainly influenced by the foods we eat. So in order to lose weight we must eat less but we must also move around more! That’s the bottom line and there is no way around it. Exercising is a healthy maneuver; not just for weight loss but for your physical well-being. When I hear weight-loss organizations advertise about losing weight quickly without exercising I get really concerned. Any weight-loss program that doesn’t encourage exercising sounds attractive to our society. This is because with work and caring for our families we don’t have time to exercise. Well no matter how busy your schedule is you must take time to take care of yourself and exercise; not just for weight-loss purposes, but to maintain good health as well! Research studies have proven that people have heart attacks when they get older, not just because they are older but because they stop exercising as they age. So finding an exercise program to attend at least 3 times a week is beneficial to you in more ways than one. If you or someone you know prefers to exercise at home there are numerous exercise videos available. In fact, YouTube.com has exercise videos that are available to watch free of charge.

Do you want to welcome 2014 with a healthier lifestyle? Up for the challenge?

You may feast too much during the holiday season and find yourself desperate to get the weight off that you have gained. The weight-loss industry preys on these feelings of yours this time of the year and probably understands your desperateness more than you do! Don’t fall for the quick weight-loss schemes! So if you want to welcome 2014 with a healthier lifestyle and if you are up for the challenge, please don’t find yourself caught up in the fad of losing weight quickly! Don't invest in a weight-loss program that is not going to work for you and is unhealthy. Be smart with your plan to lose weight and don't set yourself up for failure! The Atlanta area provides several opportunities for people to lose weight and maintain a healthy balance in their lives: LA Fitness, Lifetime Fitness, Anytime Fitness, and Weight Watchers is also available in Atlanta as well. The Weight Watchers weight loss program is most successful because people are able to eat the foods they like and still lose weight. As long as an individual follows a Weight Watchers point-system designed specifically for them they will lose weight! Weight Watchers is also available on line. So whether you attend Weight Watchers online or in person, this weight-loss program can help you achieve your goal of losing weight in a healthy manner.

I've only listed a few weight loss centers in the Atlanta area that are available to help your get back in shape. The choice is always yours! You must also make sure you are choosing the right kinds of foods; foods that are rich in nutrition and low in fat. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity and overweight is growing in the United States. This is because families do not have time to prepare meals with their work schedule and resort to fast foods. Do you think if people ate the right foods that the obesity rate in America would be a whopping 35%? Of course it wouldn't so this just proves that we are what we eat!

If you are serious about bringing about a healthy change you must take the first step and get connected to a weight loss and nutritional program that’s going to help you not only get back in shape but stay in shape! Don’t let 2014 begin without you beginning to bring about the necessary changes for a healthier lifestyle which will help you become a healthier you!

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