When losing weight, everybody loves to make it fast and instant. We only want a week to lose 20 pounds or we only want three days to lose 10 pounds. And although this can be tempting as the results of weight loss will be seen in just a couple of days.
This is an unhealthy way to lose weight. In losing weight, the most important thing is not really losing the pounds. But gaining muscle along the way. Because it will enable you to lose body fat while maintaining strong muscles and a leaner body. Being skinny is not the same as being healthy so you have to lose wisely.
In order to lose weight healthy, you have to remember not to lose weight drastically. Even you are twice your ideal weight. A drastic decrease in your weight might cause you greater health problems than you already have. For a good estimate, losing a kilo or 2.2 pounds a week is a good start. From then, you may increase it depending on your health condition and body strength.
Remember, you do not have to punish yourself by instantly losing body fat. But you can ease your way into a lifestyle change that will eventually get you there. A weight that you gained over a year will not magically vanish through an overnight process.
Losing Weight The Healthy And Right Way
Now that you have set a realistic goal, losing weight in a healthy way revolves around three core areas:
- Healthy Diet
Let’s go and discuss them one by one.
The only way to get in shape is to get off the couch and start moving around. It is often a misconception that in order to lose weight, you have to get a gym membership first.
At home, you can still lose weight by doing strength training or even running around the block for 30 minutes, thrice a week. There are also a lot of home tutorial videos available online that can help you choose routines and weight loss programs.
However, do not overdo yourself. Find a comfortable pace and frequency in your routine so you will not get discourage easily.
A sweaty workout will not only melt away calories but it will also give you a good night’s sleep. And sleep is one of the basic factors that we often forget in losing weight. A good 8 hour sleep will energize your body and put you in recovery after a good workout.
It is during sleep that our body is replenished, keeping both our physical and mental health in an optimum level. Plus, having a good sleep will prevent you from fatigue and stress that may cause weight gain.
And lastly, you should have a healthy diet and never crash diets. In the long run, you will lose more weight by eating five to six small meals a day. Rather than gulping on three large meals a day. It will increase your metabolism and will prevent you from overeating over your next meal.
The trick lies in moderation. You do not have to exclude food groups in your meal because calories are needed by the body to keep it functioning well. Keep basic when eating meals – vegetables, fruits, and fiber. And veer away from processed foods, oily foods and saturated fats.
Have some time to look into nutrition labels, but you do not have to necessarily count the calories every day. And always keep yourself hydrated. Fuel your body with lots of water in order to flush out toxins.