Lately news columns, Facebook, Twitter, you name it has been flooded with stories of effortless weight loss tricks. This is simply not true. Weight loss can in fact be effortless but not to the extremes of popping pills and starvation diets. Weight loss must be a journey and a lifestyle change. There are some basics that must be understand to completely comprehend the weight loss journey. There are many aspects, some of which don't even include food.
First things first. There are some basics about food that need to be stated. Everything we eat and everything that we're made out of is composed of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Everything that we eat also contains a caloric content, or a unit of heat which is how our body functions along with various other variables such as oxygen, and some other fancy metabolic factors, but that's not important right now. So...carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram, proteins contain 4 calories per gram and fats contain 9 calories per gram. Many people also consume alcohol with has its own caloric value of 7 calories per gram. OK...that being said, it's pretty obvious what nutrients you should choose more often than others. Another thing I always here is "you have to burn more than you eat...calories in, calories out". Yes but no! Not all calories are created equal. I ensure you that the caloric equivalent of a Snickers bar to that of the same amount of calories in fruits in vegetables will provide far more health benefits than that fabulous chocolate bar. Weight loss is about conscience decisions, about quality foods, with quality health benefits.
Healthy weight loss is slow and steady. It's about changing body composition and recalibrating the body's internal environment. Making it more hospitable for a healthful life. Healthy, sustainable weight loss is about 1-2 pounds per week. It may be as little as half a pound per week. Anything greater than this is considered aggressive weight loss and cannot be sustained for long periods of time. Aggressive weight loss increases the body's natural chemicals that trigger stress responses inside the body. Stress hormones increase and become continuously secreted for longer periods of time that the body is naturally meant to do. This can stall weight loss or bring back weight gain with vengeance. The body will naturally land at a weight eventually. This may not be the popular Hollywood weight, but its the most natural and healthy weight for your body, it'll be happier if it's left at this weight.
There a many factors that affect weight loss. Most cases of people gaining weight or having a hard time losing weight have an underlying factor. This factor many times is emotional. It can be deeply rooted in socially tense areas in their life, the lack of a relationship, or damaged relationships that they may have with others and even themselves. An important component of weight loss is to find an outlet for stress and confront negative feelings that may be happening in your life. Journal, call the person that you feel the rift with, participate in guided meditations that release your Chakra energies, and confront the energies in your body and ultimately release the energies. Cleanse the body of these energies! Get real with your mind about the feelings are inside your heart. Think about what is in your immediate sphere of influence, what you have control over.
Lastly, get moving! Create activity in your life. Take the stairs at work. Park father away from entrances. Walk around the block after dinner, it will help clear your mind and get you more active. Get up and do a lap around the officer once an hour. It will give you a break and get you moving. Oh and don't forget to drink water...it will get all that icky stuff moving out of your body and on your way to a healthier weight!