Obesity is a huge health problem in America and other countries and those who reach the stage of obesity really struggle to lose that weight. Even those who aren’t at the stage of obesity but still quite overweight tend to struggle to lose that weight and then to maintain a healthy weight loss.
If only losing weight was as easy as putting it on!
Statistics show that almost all people who diet will give up and may even end up heavier than they were before they began trying to lose weight. Most people just don’t know the best way to lose weight – use a fad diet, use a normal, healthy diet or is it best to just exercise. A combination of a healthy diet and exercise will give you the best weight loss results.
There have been studies that have claimed that diet is the main cause of obesity and this leaves people wondering then if diet is the only thing they need to change to lose weight. There are some people that this claim is true for, they may do some form of exercise but they consume so many calories that they continue to put on weight. However, this is not always the case and for most people who are obese they eat badly and they don’t exercise.
It is possible to lose weight by simply changing your diet and watching your calorie intake and many doctors and medical professionals will recommend a change of diet to people with a weight problem. The problem with only dieting and not exercising is that it will take much longer to lose weight and often you will give up on the diet and soon return to your old eating habits and putting all that weight back on.
Exercising alone without a diet change has its own downfalls in that it is tiring, unrewarding and it will still take longer to lose weight. It really is best to have a combination of exercise and dieting to lose weight and stay motivated with your journey.
There is a program that consists of both exercise and dieting called ‘High Calorie Expenditure’ and this program suggests that a low or moderate intensity exercise is better than no exercise at all. The program recommends that to lose weight a person needs around 45 minutes of walking at least five times per week. Walking needs to be brisk and should burn around one pound per week which is the recommended weight loss rate.
One other reason that it is recommended to include exercise as well as a healthy diet in your weight loss plan is because exercise does more than just burn off calories, it also changes the metabolism and increases it so that it burns off more calories even at times of low activity. Exercise builds muscles and muscles require more fuel to run than fat does. So as you build muscles you are burning off more fuel even when sitting down which helps to aid your weight loss even more.
If you are trying to lose weight then I suggest combining a healthy, nutritious diet with exercise for the best results. This is a lifestyle change and one that you can continue with even when you reach your goal weight. You will have a healthy weight and you will feel much better and have more energy to do the things you love.