Friday, November 18, 2011

A Few Things You Should Know About Weight Loss

Fat loss and weight-loss in general, can be accomplished by numerous methods. There are two major aspects of weight loss that you must focus on. You must incorporate exercise and diet into your lifestyle, because without either one of these key aspects, your weight-loss plan will not be as successful as it could potentially be. Those who exercise without establishing a proper diet plan seldom see amazing results, and those who follow a rigorous diet plan only to miss out on exercising do not lose that much weight either. You must eliminate junk foods and "empty-calorie" foods if they comprise a major part of your diet, and you must be physically active if you currently lead a sedentary lifestyle.
In terms of diet, you must decrease the calories you consume on a daily basis. Calorie intake should be gradually decreased - you don't want to cut down your calories by half over night, since that is not healthy. Furthermore, the amount of calories you consume daily must be obtained from several meals a day - aim to distribute your calories over five to six meals a day. You should decrease the amount of calories you eat by 500 calories for a period of at least one or two weeks and notice how much progress you are making. You should also make sure that the calories you consume come from healthy sources. You should pick lean meats for a good, high-quality, source of protein, complex carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables and good sources of fat. An important tip that can greatly help with the increase of metabolism, and therefore can aid fat loss, is to drink lots of water. Drinking more water is an overlooked tip that can help you in addition to dieting and exercising.
Although cardiovascular training is a great way to lose fat, you should also try to implement weight-training into your workout plan as well. Weight-training can increase your muscle mass, help you lose fat, increase your strength, and lower stress. This is particularly effective in a potentially stressful time such as when trying to lose excess body fat. In terms of weight-training, you should strive to perform full-body exercises such as squats, so that your whole body is mobilized and benefits from the training.
Cardiovascular training is best done on empty stomach and for no longer than thirty to forty-five minutes at a time. You should perform cardio at a pace that is suitable for you, and should ease into it if you are just starting out. Treadmills and exercise bikes are great indoor options for cardio, and they should be used with medium intensity. Running too fast will get you tired, while running too slow won't burn enough fat. Therefore it is best to stick to a moderate tempo and a medium rate of intensity. Running outdoors is also a great way to perform cardio and also supply your body with more oxygen.

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