Saturday, April 12, 2008

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How To Lose Weight

I was going to title this: How to Lose Weight in a Safe and Healthy Way, but I decided not to. My reasoning was that most of the people I have met who wanted to lose weight, were paying very little attention to, or were not aware of, the ultimate effects on health that most supposed weight loss solutions will have. As with so many things in our modern society, most of us are focused on attaining some immediate, simple, or relatively painless solution to our problem.

It is this attitude that keeps an entire industry of weight loss supplements, diet pills, and producers of fad diets afloat. One sad aspect of this is that most of these weight loss solutions either have a minimal effect on the problem for most people, or have no effect at all. Since most people seeking to lose weight are driven by hope, rather than knowledge, as they try one product or diet after another, not only do they fail to lose weight, but they begin to lose hope as well.

Sadder still is the fact that, in many instances, not only do the pills and promises fail to deliver, but may actually affect health in a negative way! When you consider that one major reason to lose weight is to acquire better health, to find yourself going in the opposite direction can be devastating. Yet, as hope springs eternal, the individual continues to place trust, and money, in the next fad diet, the next diet pill, the next weight loss supplement.

Perhaps saddest of all is the fact that healthy, permanent weight loss is simple to attain, and there is often no need to invest any money at all!

Another sad fact is that while permanent, healthy weight loss is simple to attain (I did not say "easy" or "immediate") many people will fail under any weight loss plan simply because of a combination of unrealistic expectations and lack of knowledge of how their body works.

Unrealistic expectations and lack of knowledge are the two main reasons that people turn to diet pills, fad diets, weight loss supplements and other purveyors of false hope.

The basic weight loss equation is:

More calories in than used = Weight gain

More calories used than taken in = weight loss

Most diet pills, and other weight loss supplements "work" by causing either more calories to be burned, or by causing fewer calories to be taken in. In other words, they either "rev up" the metabolism, at least temporarily, or they suppress the appetite. Some act to interfere with body's ability to absorb fats.

Most diets, fad or otherwise, act on the assumption that merely decreasing the calories you eat will cause you to lose weight. Some add the idea that certain foods will contribute to the weight loss process by filling you up, providing fewer calories than other foods, or by stimulating your basic metabolic rate in order to burn more calories.

Almost all of these diets and products will commonly include a remark or warning that the product or plan will work best, or only work at all, when combined with regular exercise and sensible eating habits.

Now, there are many reasons why diets don't work, and that discussion is too long to go into here. I have written several articles on this subject, and they can be found on many sites around the Internet, including my own. One major fact to remember about diets is that once you cut your calories to a low enough level to produce a weight loss, your body is going to reduce its basic metabolism so that you will simply establish a new point at which your weight will be maintained. This normally occurs after only a few pounds are lost, so, in order to lose more weight, you have to cut your calorie intake farther.

When the time comes that you "fall off the wagon" and go back to eating the way you did before the diet, your body needs fewer calories to function, so even more calories get stored as fat.

Diet pills (generally appetite suppressants) and other weight loss supplements, which all work by altering the normal functions of the digestive system, merely relieve you of taking responsibility for eating properly, may cause health issues, and will usually stop being effective the moment you quit taking them.

Neither method, diet pill or diet, improves health, or teaches and encourages a healthy lifestyle in which weight loss and weight management is a normal byproduct. Even when, as instructed, they are used in conjunction with regular exercise and sensible eating and living habits, they only contribute a small portion to overall weight loss. The actual weight loss process is carried by the exercise and sensible eating, while the pills and potions just help.

Additionally, whether a diet pill which obstructs or alters the normal function of the body, or a diet which curtails the ingestion of the broad range of nutrients necessary for a healthy body and mind, interfering with the normal nutritional needs of a healthy body is, almost by definition...unhealthy.

Since the purpose of weight loss should at least partly be to be healthy, incorporating some moderate, regular exercise into one's life while taking the initiative to eat more sensibly, the two steps that are the most effective weight loss tips around, should be the basis for any weight loss program. In fact, regular exercise and sensible nutritional decisions will completely negate the need for weight loss supplements, diet pills, or fad diets. The person who opts for a lifestyle in which these two issues are given importance...and are acted upon...will find that they have discovered the real secret of how to lose weight.

Donovan Baldwin is a freelance writer currently living in central Texas. He is a University of West Florida alumnus, a member of Mensa, and is retired from the U. S. Army after 21 years of service. He has published many of his articles on diet and weightloss at

How To Lose Weight For Teens

By Lynn Huber

While it's not advisable to lose weight rapidly, it's the way most people want to do it. Especially teens. But sometimes a quick weight loss is the best plan to jump start a long term program.

If you are interested in losing weight, as quickly as possible, you will want to continue reading on. One of the many ways that you can go about achieving a fat weight loss or rapid weight loss is by reducing the foods that you eat. When reducing your food consumption, it is important that you only reduce your consumption a little bit.

A detox is a really fast way to jump start your plan, followed by a low carb diet. This isn't a long term plan, but it's a great way to get started. After you've lost a few pounds, you can switch to a low calorie/low carb diet plan. You'll want to keep your carbs at this point down to about 100 carbs or less.

Unfortunately, many individuals who want to achieve fast weight loss think that they need to stop eating altogether, even if it is for two or three days. That is something that you do not want to do. Once you resume eating again, you will likely gain all of your weight back, almost automatically. It is also important to mention that starving yourself is dangerous to your health.

In conjunction with lowering your food intake, it goes without saying that you need to reduce the amount of sweets or junk food that you eat. For quick weight loss, you will want to completely wipe out junk food from your diet, even if it is only for a short period of time. This means that if you want a snack, you should grab an apple or an orange instead of a chocolate bar or a bag of chips. With candy and other sweets being high in calories, you may see a fairly large decrease in your calorie consumption by eliminating them from your diet.

Exercise is one of the best ways to start losing weight. The thing about using exercise to achieve fast weight loss is that it is a little bit tricky. With exercise, you may not notice a significant weight loss right away. For instance, it typically takes most individuals at least a week or two to notice an improvement in their appearance with the use of exercise. With that in mind, the more overweight you are, the sooner you may see a decrease in your weight, often quickly. Although your first thought may be to start exercising as much as possible, right away, you may want to refrain from doing so. If you aren't usually physically active, it is best to start out slow. This should significantly reduce your risk of injuries.

Another one of the many ways that you may be able to achieve fast weight loss or rapid weight loss is with the use of a cleanse. These cleanses are commonly referred to as colon cleanses or detox weight loss cleanses. Cleanses work by removing toxins and extra weight, actually waste, from your body. It has been said that most individuals have at least seven or eight pounds of waste stored in their bodies. A weight loss cleanse or a colon cleanse should help remove those toxins from your body. Should you decide to try a colon cleanse or a weight loss cleanse, to help you achieve a fast weight loss, it is important that you read all directions given to you. Some cleanses have a strict diet that you must follow.

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