Genuine Tips for Losing Weight
With so much misinformation around it is hard to know where to go to find genuine tips for losing weight. Too many people have jumped on the weight loss bandwagon and are wanting to make a quick buck from the unsuspecting person who is desperate to lose weight. There are thousands of books available on the subject from the genuine scientifically researched methods to the fast weight loss fad diets. It is essential that obese and overweight individuals are given correct advice if they are to lose weight effectively and sustain that weight loss in the future. As a nutritionist who has struggled to keep my weight manageable I have done a lot of research into the truths and myths of losing weight. There are no easy answers but there are some fundamental facts that I would like to share with you that may help to make your weight loss journey a little less stressful and hopefully more successful.
How to find reliable weight loss tips
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In order to fully understand the enormity of the weight loss phenomena, a few statistics might help to put things into perspective.
- 64% in US are overweight
- 48% in Europe are overweight
- 300 million world wide are obese
- 700 million worldwide are overweight
- The weight loss market was due to hit $61 billion in 2008
- 400,000 deaths a year may be attributed to obesity
In addition to these statistics more than 40 million children under the age of five were overweight in 2010. (according to WHO). Obesity is now an epidemic and any genuine tips for losing weight should be adhered to before it is too late.
Weight loss has become a massive industry. Sadly overall it is an industry that is more interested in making money from overweight people than helping them to overcome their problem. Consequently much of the advice on offer will serve only to encourage fast weight loss that will inevitably go back on just as fast and result in the yo yo dieter who is a regular ongoing customer for the weight loss industry.
However there are weight loss experts out there who genuinely want to offer sound advice and help our overweight population understand why they are overweight in the first place and what they can do to help themselves to overcome their problem. Very often the best weight loss gurus are those who have battled with a weight loss problem themselves and have researched and discovered the best ways to lose weight.
If you do your research you will find that those people who are offering a holistic approach to weight loss will all be singing from the same hymn sheet. They will all be telling you the same thing.
My 5 Top Tips To Help You To Lose Weight
My first tip for losing weight would have to be to keep away from any diet fad diet that involves eating single foods like grapefruits. These diet will only serve to starve the body and create problems that will have to be addressed once the diet has been completed. With many fad diets the amazing weight loss experienced in the first couple of weeks is more likely to be a combination of water and muscle loss than fat loss especially if the diet forces the body into starvation mode due to insufficient calories and/or nutrients. This weight will go back on again as soon as normal eating resumes
Secondly, ensure that your diet is well balanced and contains sufficient protein to encourage the body to convert its fat stores into lean muscle. Our bodies are complex mechanisms that require the correct ratios of nutrients if they are to function optimally. Good quality home cooked food will go a long way to help you to lose weight efficiently
Although many health gurus will tell you not to skip breakfast, or any meal for that matter, there is now a body of nutritionists that believe that intermittent fasting can actually aid your weight loss, infact it can help you to lose weight fast and can also improve your overall health Read this blog post for more information on Intermittent Fasting
Fourthly, include an exercise regime in your weight loss program. This is an essential tip for losing weight, even though some diets say that it is not necessary. Weight bearing exercises will enhance the bodies ability to convert fat into lean muscle. Also as muscle is more metabolically active than fat, it will help to speed up the metabolic process and help to burn fat more quickly. There is also a move for "less is more" exercise. I will cover this in more detail in a future post.
My final tip for losing weight is to ensure that you are in the correct frame of mind. Motivation and positive thinking are very important elements in the weight loss process. Try to think like a slim person, then very likely you will be more inclined to act and eat like one.
In my next blog post I will be telling you about two more little known weight loss tips that you may well be surprised about .