There are hundreds of books and articles available on the subject of weight loss, many of which suggest very different approaches to the process. Some of these are designed to be used as a substitute for some of the more traditional methods. I have written this short article to assist you in choosing a weight loss plan that will work for you.
First of all, what is weight loss? Weight loss is the reduction of weight by just a small amount. It is a natural process, something that happens with time and without effort on your part. However, it’s a great process to incorporate into your lifestyle if you are not keen on working out, eating very-low-calorie diets, or doing any form of exercise.
What causes weight loss? When you are losing weight, the body will adjust itself to eliminate excess calories, especially from carbohydrate stores. The weight loss will occur as the body becomes more efficient at removing the excess calories. As the body makes these adjustments, the muscles and the liver (along with the kidneys) will begin to excrete extra water (dehydrate) and waste (de-solute) as they work to reduce the stored fat.
How does weight loss happen? Some researchers theorize that the weight loss is caused by increased blood glucose levels. Others believe it is caused by the breakdown of muscle and connective tissue. I tend to think that the actual number of calories burnt is more important than the effect of these changes on the body.
What are the common diet plans for losing weight? Many individuals will have success with what is called calorie restriction. This involves reducing your daily calorie intake to less than the body’s maintenance requirements. This method works best for those that are reasonably healthy and generally active.
Eating diets that are high in protein are also a good method for a few people. These types of diets will usually consist of eating foods that are high in protein. A high protein diet also allows your body to replace the fat reserves that would normally be burned during a normal day of activity. These types of diets should only be done if you are serious about losing weight and staying on the diet.
Exercise is one of the most effective methods for losing weight. Exercising daily will allow you to burn calories, help you feel full, and build muscle tissue. The result is a healthy increase in metabolism.
Other effective methods of losing weight involve restricting the food choices you eat. Allowing yourself very few calories is an effective method for most people. Also, dieting and exercise are used to limit the types of foods you eat and the frequency you eat them. Foods like pizza, junk food, ice cream, cake, candy, and other types of foods that are high in sugar, flour, and salt are not good for weight loss.
Low-carbohydrate diets, in which you restrict the types of carbs you eat, are also becoming more popular. These diets include restricting carbohydrates in the form of bread, pasta, rice, and other starchy and breaded foods. They also restrict the type of fats and proteins you eat and encourage the consumption of vegetables and fruit. These diets usually involve eating large amounts of vegetables and fruits, which tend to taste better.
Most weight loss efforts involve having an exercise routine and diet that can be followed on a regular basis. Many times, an increased level of activity will be required for some people, and for those who cannot or do not want to exercise, bodyweight resistance training will work well.
These are some of the most effective methods for weight loss. There are a lot of books available that are aimed at helping you figure out the proper methods to get the body you want. Research these books to find the ones that work for you.