This isn't going to be a very pleasant article. People will not like what they are about to read. I'm going to tell you what you need to do to lose weight. You have probably heard it before, but you really don't want to hear it again. It hasn't changed from 5 years ago, from 10 years ago, even from 30 years ago. You want to know what it is? Well, here I go. To lose weight, you need to eat right, exercise correctly, and you will lose weight. That is it. Sounds simple right??!! Well, then why do so many people struggle with it? Because it doesn't happen quickly and it is so hard!!!!
To safely lose weight, you are going to want to lose 1-2 pounds a week. This sounds daunting to people who need to lose 100 - 200 pounds. That means it could take anywhere from a year to 4 years to lose the weight you need. In a "now" society that just isn't good enough, but it is going to have to suffice. With all our advanced technology, scientists still haven't come up with that magic pill. They are trying because someone would make a boatload of money, but it hasn't been done. ACCEPT THAT! There are no shortcuts. It is going to take a lot of hard work, discipline, and support from your family and friends, but it can be done. Here is what to do.
You are going to have to do cardiovascular exercises 5-7 times a week, for roughly 30-45 minutes. That stinks, I know, but you need to do it to burn fat. You also need to do weight training to develop muscle and speed up your metabolism. You need to strength train 2-3 times a week and push yourself. You have to work at an intensity that is going to develop muscle. If you don't, it is essentially a waste of your time. People always tell me what they do for exercise. When I correct some of their routine, they always say, "Well, something is better than nothing right." Wrong! If you are going to dedicate the time to exercise, do it right. Otherwise it is no better than sitting in front of your television watching a Jennifer Lopez video. I told you that you weren't going to like what I was going to write.
Now, what to eat? This isn't rocket science. Ignore all those fad diets out there. Try this. Get rid of all the crap in your cupboards and don't pretend you don't know what it is. Cookies, chips, ice cream, crackers. I don't care if it says low fat, low calorie, whatever, pitch it. Replace it with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole wheat items (bread, pasta, etc.). No one ever said they gained weight by eating a bag of baby carrots for a late night snack. Eat 4 to 5 times throughout the day. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus healthy snacks in between. This will keep your metabolism up plus give you healthier choices.
If you do all of this, you will lose weight. If you think you are eating healthy and exercising properly, but you haven't lost weight, then you are DEAD WRONG! It takes some knowledge and discipline, but it will work. You might just have read some misinformation. Follow these guidelines and lose weight. It will take time, it could be rough at times, but it will happen. The transformation you will see will definitely make it all worthwhile.
Copyright 2006 Adam Kessler
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