Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.
If you’ve ever tried to lose a few pounds, you’ll know it can be a real challenge. Why is that? You’d think it would be simple: just eat less and exercise more, right? For a week or two, swap that daily Frappucino for an espresso and won’t the weight just drop off? And if that doesn’t work, there’s always this or that supplement/diet/fat-burning-ab-crunch/juice cleanse to kickstart the scales into action.
Except it’s not that simple.
The sad fact is, our bodies are hard-wired to store fat and conserve energy, making weight loss difficult. The “calories-in/calories-out” theory so many subscribed to for years has been proven flawed. This study shows that when it comes to fat loss, the type of food we eat has much more impact than the calories it contains. And recent research suggests that while all exercise is better than none, the intensity can matter more than the duration.
Restricting calories may result in weight loss, but if you can’t sustain the diet, the loss will be temporary.
All of these variables can be confusing for the person who just wants to figure out how to lose a few pounds.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting you put down the dumbbells and retire to the couch. The risks of obesity and the benefits of exercise are pretty clear. What’s more, I know lots of people who’ve lost weight and kept it off. It can happen. So here are a few suggestions to try – and pitfalls to avoid – to help you do just that.Read More »Want To Lose Weight? Why It’s More Than Simply Eating Less