Are you a woman who is very desperate to lose fast? Then I am sure you have fallen for those bold loss ads which get published in women’s magazines one time or other. Truth to be told, if ever there was any truth in the saying “tall hype and minuscule result”, it would surely apply to those magazine ads. These ads make you believe that you would lose in just a week or two with the recommended diet programs. Fact is, you would lose only your time and money instead of .
These ads are very well-tuned to a certain demographic: educated women belonging to middle and upper classes who want to lose fast with the least effort on their part. There are many women, young and old, who are very desperate to lose all the extra pounds as fast as they could.
Naturally, any diet program which claims to fulfill their desire would attract them. What they don’t know is that such diets are good only for a few days; in other words, you would be losing rapidly for the first few days after which, it would be an upward trend (read gain).
And if you ever thought that popular celebrities recommending these diet plans actually use them, you are wrong again. Keep in mind that since celebs are paid big bucks to endorse certain products, they do it. However, they know it very well that since their career prospects depend on their physical fitness, such diets are of no use to them.
While I cannot say that the diet they personally use is one of the best, they definitely don’t follow such unhealthy fad diets which work only for the first few days. They have personal fitness trainers and nutritionists constantly at their beck and call; as such, they probably know their stuff much better than you do.
What you need to watch to lose
Nevertheless, loss needn’t be expensive and complicated. If you don’t have big bucks to spend on your fitness like your favorite celebs do, don’t worry. Weight loss is pretty simple. To lose weight, you need to monitor two things:
1. What you eat, how much you eat, and at what time: It is obvious that you cannot expect to lose while eating junk foods; as such, junk foods have to go. You should start munching on fresh fruits and vegetables instead of chips and cookies.
Eating healthy foods is not just enough; you also need to monitor the amount of food you are eating per day. Eating too much of healthy foods can also prove to be unhealthy for you. You just need to eat enough, and then STOP.
2. How much you exercise, and how often: Exercising is very important for loss; anyone who told you anything on the contrary has most probably lied to you. No matter how much you monitor your food intake, some extra calories would still find their way into your body.
The only way to burn these extra calories is by working out regularly in the gym. Besides burning calories and fat, workouts also help you build strong lean muscle mass, which in turn help you burn even more fat and at a faster rate.
How long you exercise is very important too. You should neither exercise for too short or long a time. You can honestly get away with just 30 minutes of exercise per day if you do it daily. It is neither healthy nor recommend to exercise for several hours at a stretch per day; such a workout regimen puts too much unnecessary strain on your body and make you tired.
Okay, if the gym scares you, there are other easier and more enjoyable ways to burn the fat. How does the prospect of daily walking, running or swimming sound to you? How about dancing, or playing basketball or tennis? Any of these activities would help you burn fat.