In today’s society of the glamour models with toothpick
legs and flat stomachs on every magazine
cover, people are becoming more obsessed with
weight loss instead of weight control. Billions of dollars
are spent every year on fad items such as abdominal
machines, video tapes, energy and mood
pills, fat burner pills, etc. Many companies and organizations
are capitalizing on this by promoting programs
that could lead a desperate person into the
wrong direction. The first step in gaining weight control
is to stop all the fad diets and paraphernalia and
get into the groove of eating healthy and working
out. Begin by having a great attitude – you did not
gain the weight over night; therefore, you cannot possibly
lose it overnight!!! If it was that easy, one third of Americans
would not be obese. Commit yourself to a program
for at least 3 months in order to get long term
results and ultimately make this new change a lifestyle change.
Avoid programs that promote the following tactics:
WEIGHT LOSS WITHOUT EXERCISING – You must exercise in order to lose body fat and of course watch what you eat. If you just restrict your eating but do not change their habits, you will not gain control of your weight.
FASTING – This is a definite sign that the program does not know what they are talking about. Cleansing of the body can be done without fasting. Fasting slows down your metabolism causing you to gain weight back more rapidly. You should find a program that emphasizes regular eating. The only exception is in some elite athlete programs. That will not be most Americans.
IMPROPER FOOD PLANS – A good healthy eating plan will incorporate the proper amounts of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. A plan that totally restricts your calories so low that it depletes your energy can be dangerous. Your body will excrete excess water that is stored and cause weight loss. Once again, you will not gain control over your weight. Unfortunately, the average American eats approximately 50-60% of their intake in carbohydrates, so cutting back to lose body fat will not hurt.
DOES NOT CHECK BODY FAT – Be cautious of a program that only determines progress by your weight on a scale. Realistic and healthy weight loss is generally 1-2 pounds of body fat per week – Most plans will not distinguish the difference between weight loss and body fat loss. A good plan will not allow you to lose lean muscle. Remember lean muscle requires calories and protein to survive. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you can burn.
A good, healthy fitness plan that will help you gain control over your weight should be one that meets your doctor’s approval if you have chronic medical conditions and one that meets your lifestyle needs. Remember, all good things take time. Be patient and put your mind to it. You will gain control over your weight and receive the results you want.
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Crystal Broussard, MD