Sep 21st, 2008
Gaining unwanted weight is a side effect of today’s sedentary lifestyle. That’s a fact you really can’t argue with. However, everyone has a different idea on how to lose the weight.
The conversion of energy from stored fat is one of the main functions of the liver. Therefore, it is important that your liver is always at peak performance. Aiding the kidneys in doing their job if they’re dehydrated is another function of the liver. As all the quick weight loss diets will tell you, the solution to keeping your liver converting fat to energy is to drink more water! In order to maintain a healthy body, water consumption is critical. Drink less dehydrating beverages because – bottom line – your body needs plenty of water.
Just existing requires the expending of calories. Energy is required every hour of the day, regardless of what we do. That’s common knowledge. However, what you may not know is that your resting metabolic rate is ruled by the amount of muscle on your body. So here comes and easy weight loss tips – if you increase your muscle mass, even by a tiny amount, you increase your resting metabolic rate, resulting in more calories burned all day long.
Two or three hours a day lifting weights at the gym is not necessary to increase your metabolism. You probably don’t have that kind of time to invest – nor do I.
Would you like to lose a few pounds? If you would also like to increase your amount of muscle, don’t overdo it – limit yourself by starting with just squats and push-ups. Make your daily routine five repetitions of each exercise. You don’t have to leave home to do these exercises, so there’s no money to spend. If you want to do more than just push-ups and squats, does that mean you need to buy a set of weights? Hey, it may sound silly but a pair of rocks of three or four pounds apiece can work as a set of weights.
Keeping your body rebuilding and repairing muscle is the fastest way to achieve muscle gain. Every part of your body needs exercising: chest, shoulders, back, biceps, triceps, quads, forearms, and glutes, calves and hamstrings, and abdominals. Does that mean you need to kill yourself every day by working out at the gym? I don’t think so. It all boils down to: push-ups and squats. Those two exercises will work every muscle in your body (if time allows, you’ll have even better results if you can focus on individual muscles).
Don’t overlook your diet; the last but still important factor of losing or gaining weight. If three times a day you consume a double cheeseburger and a large fries, and drink a soda that’s not calorie-free, losing weight will be hard no matter how much you exercise.
While there are many different ideas about what diet works best (all fruits, all meat, zero carbs, no fat, etc.), not everyone has the same reaction to the same foods. All bodies metabolize food differently. What energizes one person may not affect the next.
So how do you find out what kind of diet works best for your body? To start, analyze how many calories you eat every day. Make sure it is the proper amount for your current body weight. Record how you feel – both emotionally and physically – thirty minutes after you eat. Feel sluggish? In need of a catnap? Alternatively, do you feel an additional amount of energy? You probably already know this answer because your body will tell you how it feels after you consume a meal.
An invigorating diet, adequate water consumption, and light exercise are the fundamentals of losing weight. Be sure you include all three of the above factors, your lifestyle will be healthier and you’ll lose weight without even trying!
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