Weight Loss is Simple Math

by : John Cantu

In today's image obsessed culture, people are consumed by the desire to lose weight. That's just a fact. The only problem is that many people aren't willing to develop the discipline it takes to lose weight. Losing weight takes time, effort and dedication. If you have the vision to succeed, you can get the body you've always wanted.

Weight is controlled by two factors: the calories you consume and the calories you burn. As long as you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. One way to increase your metabolism, or calorie-burning ability, is to have a well-rounded and consistent exercise program.

Unfortunately, everyone's metabolism is different. It's important to remember this when you begin an exercise program. If you've never been a physically active person before, then your metabolic rate will likely be slower than an athletic person's. It may take you longer to see weight loss results. Don't get discouraged. Stick to your regular exercise routine and eventually you will see results.

The steps you must take to lose weight loss will also have a positive effect on your overall well-being. By sticking to a healthy diet and comprehensive exercise program, you boost your mental and emotional health, as well. Chemicals in your brain that cause you to have good moods are released when you exercise. The more these chemicals are in your bloodstream, the better off you will be.

A healthy exercise routine involves both cardiovascular exercise and resistance training. Cardiovascular exercise is exercise for the heart and lungs. Some examples are jogging, aerobics, cycling and swimming. Different types of cardio have different impact levels. For example, jogging may not be good for a person with knee problems. If you're unsure about the types of exercise you can handle, consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

Resistance training doesn't necessarily mean weight lifting. There are many other types of resistance exercises that don't involve lifting a single thing. You can find many of these exercises online or at a local health club. Examples include sit-ups, push-ups and leg lifts.

A healthy diet is well-rounded, consisting of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Too much of any of these is a bad thing. Avoid processed foods and things with hydrogenated oils. Your body is not designed to break these substances down, and they will cause you problems in the long run.

Many weight loss supplements are available, both by prescription and over-the-counter. They can be in pill, capsule or liquid form. Be careful if you choose to use supplements as an assist. Many of them can be highly addictive, dangerous and even deadly if misused. Make sure that you follow the instructions carefully. As always, consult your doctor before taking any weight loss supplements. Supplements can help you lose weight rapidly, but be aware of the healthy risks. If you feel heart irregularities, stop taking the supplement.

With a healthy diet and regular exercise, you can and will lose weight. It's a simple mathematical equation: burn more calories than you eat. Exercise burns calories and increases metabolism. Follow these steps and eventually you'll feel like a completely different person.