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The truth about losing weight

17 December 2013, 12:02

So many people are battling with losing weight for years now. They probably will be thinking that there is no such thing as “Weight Lose”. They might have tried every advice they might have heard of, which may include; dieting (or better put starvation), crash exercises (wrongly done most times), drinking of green and black tea, and so many wrongly and misunderstood actions which will cause a financial drain and sometimes serious health problems like malnutrition. Yet they don’t get to lose any weight to show for their undertaking.

There are some truths we must bear in mind when deciding to lose weight so that we will not fall victim to swindlers that may cause a negative change or mind-set which may live with us for the rest of our lives.

First, THERE IS NO SUCH THIGN AS SHORT-CUT TO WEIGHT LOSS. Weight loss is a journey; it is a marathon and not a sprint. There are so many selling short cut to weight loss some have very captivating heading as be a size-8 in 7 day, lose 10kg in one week etc. let’s stop deceiving ourselves and admit the truth. Do remember that you did not accumulate 10kg in 7 days. We have gained weight over time and we want to lose them in a tickle on an eye. Weight loss is a gradual and persistent process. If we rush into weight loss programmes we stand a very high risk of causing very serious damage to our body if it doesn’t claim our lives.

Second, LOSING WEIGHT TAKES A LOT OF LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS. Such adjustment may require us to change or watch the kind of food we eat, change or reduce the kind of soft drinks we take, engage in a more active life style, reduce alcohol intake and a whole lot of unhealthy habits we have. I once took a dairy of a client’s food and drink intake for just three days. At the end of the three days, my client has consumed 13 bottles of coke and 7 eggs among other food items. I also noticed that my client does not make up to 100 steps per day (my client will always use the elevator to the office which is in the third floor). Now that is a very sedentary lifestyle that has to be changed gradually for weight loss to occur.

Third, ENGAGE IN EXERCISES AND MORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES. Simply put, weight is gain when the amount of energy we take-in is less than the amount of energy we expend. Similarly, we lose weight, when the amount of energy we expend is more than the amount of energy we take-in. Now, engaging in exercises and more physical activities affords us the opportunity to expend energy ingested. So, the more time we spend doing exercises regularly, the more energy we expend.
Lastly, ALWAYS GET ENOUGH REST. Most times, we work all day and half way into the night and still have to wake up as early as 4am to start our day in order to get to work on time.

And by so doing, we never have time to rest our body. Research has shown that the actual weight loss occurs while
the body is at rest. And that people who get enough rest lose more weight than people who don’t get enough rest even though they engage in the same amount of exercise and physical activities.

In addition to these simple truths, one has to be determined, persistent and motivated to lose weight. That is when whatever method we apply will have significant effect on our body.When we accept the truths, that is when we can stop lying to ourselves.
Good luck on your journey to weight loss.

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