Weight Loss Centers
There are innumerable number of diet books, videos, diet plan and Weight Loss Centers that cater to the growing number of people who want to lose weight quickly. But there is a growing number of enlightened people who realize that fad diets are just that – fads! This set of educated, informed and intelligent people know that long term weight loss can be achieved mainly though sensible and healthy eating. But where does one start to follow the weight loss program? I would recommend you to use your common sense!
A lot of dieters are well informed these days thanks to the internet and social media. They have already gathered a lot of information about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to weight loss. They also know whether or not a particular food is healthy and whether eating it would help or ruin their diet. Most dieticians agree that eating four to five portions of fresh fruits and veggies everyday is good for you. Moderate amount of pasta, whole grain and rice is also accepted as beneficial for weight loss unless you are on a low-carb diet. Water (especially spring water) is recommended by most Nutritionists including me as an important element of a weight loss routine. Some dietitians encourage people to drink water before their meals so that the pangs of hunger disappear and the dieter can in turn have smaller meals and still feel satiated.
Non vegetarians can have the occasional lean meat and oily fish such as Salmon – a habit which can aid weight loss and promote general health. Vegetarians can stick to seeds, pulses and nuts. Refined sugar products, fried and deep fried items like Samosas, French Fries etc. are a strict no. Although good monounsaturated oils like olive oil are recommended by me as part of a healthy eating plan.
Also important to remember is that it is not just the foods that you eat but the manner in which you eat it that can have a positive effect on your health and weight loss routine. If you eat healthy but skip breakfast then you are negating many of your other healthy habits. Generally even if you are not seeing a dietitian, good sense and a decent knowledge of healthy foods can sail you through and keep you lean and healthy.
Weight Loss and Metabolism
I bet there have been many times in your life when you have been baffled by the fact that someone you know seems to be consuming large quantities of foods but has the body of a long distance runner! You are amazed at how they manage to stay so slim. Most of them will shrug and say that its just their metabolism. Let me give you dear reader some information about Metabolism and how this can help you to achieve your weight loss goals.
The metabolic rate is the rate at which you burn energy in calories. The higher your metabolic rate, the more calories you tend to burn and thus the better the weight loss. The lower the rate, the lesser calories you will burn.
Contrary to what most people assume to be the general logic, eating less can actually slow down your diet and consequently slow down your rate and amount of weight loss. A Nutritionist will always inform you that when you consume very few calories, the body automatically assumes that there is not enough food available. And so in effort to conserve the energy that is available, your body starts to slow your metabolism in order to make the best of the reserves that you have in store. So far from helping your diet, eating too less can actually decelerate your weight loss regimen.
When you eat right and at regular intervals, your body burns fat but when you starve, your body ignores the fat reserves and instead starts to use the lean muscle tissue and burns this so that it can maintain your energy reserves as much as possible. So my advice always is to ensure that you are eating enough foods so that your body does not starting going into ‘starvation’ mode.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach that suits everyone. Please do not assume that just because you read my blog you are well equipped to devise your own weight loss strategy! The best way to lose weight is to visit a qualified Nutritionist who will be able to advise you on the appropriate amount of calories for your dietary requirements.
The best way to improve your metabolic rate and at the same time gain muscle mass is to exercise! Exercising need not only mean working out at the gym. Low impact activities like walking, cycling or swimming can also do wonders to burn calories, add muscle and also allow your body to burn calories effectively and efficiently.