Maintaining an ideal body weight and a healthy body fat composition is essential to
the restoration and maintenance of efficient bodily function and overall health.
Excessive weight load, especially around the midsection, has been correlated with
an increased risk of certain diseaselater in life. Our sedentary lifestyles,
coupled with our overindulgence in highly processedand refined foods, have created
an obesity epidemic in this country. Cardiovascular disease,diabetes, and obesity
are rampant. Obesity, Now more then ever, is affecting our children at a far
greater rate then ever before. With that being said it is often the aesthetic
component of weight loss that attracts us to â€˜fadâ€™ diets, which promise a quick fix
to a longstanding problem.
On that note, I would like to start off with a brief definition of a common English
word. Insanity: continuing to do the same thing, over and over again, yet
expecting a different outcome. Hence, it stands to reason that the only effective
solution to health and weight loss, long-term weight loss, is to begin to make
longstanding lifestyle changesthat are conducive to your goals. Otherwise you are
just choosing to get onto a roller coaster ride that will never end. You don’t
want to be constantly struggling with your weight as it goesup and then down, up
and then down, just like a roller coaster, do you?
Fad diets feed on your emotions and your desire to be thin or look a certain way.
Don’t be fooled by these emotionally driven ads that mislead you.
Losing weight, and keeping it off, is not accomplished through quick fix or ‘fad’
diets and usually creates what we like to call ‘yo-yo’ dieters. Yo-yo dieters are
people who are constantly dieting yet never seem to lose, or keep the weight off.
One of the main problems with yo-yo dieting is that it generally causesa steady
and gradual increase in the individuals’ body fat percentage. The reason this
happens is becausewhen we diet we usually lose a combination of both lean muscle
and body fat but when we gain the weight back we usually only gain back fat because
muscle is much harder to gain, and maintain.
Not only is this practice detrimental to your body weight but it also begins to ad
undue stress on your organ systems as a result of the volatile changesin weight.
With that being said it’s also not uncommon to see these people also feeling
depressed or unhappy. With so much volatility of body weight, and physiological
function, it stands to reason that the average individual will begin to be affected
by the emotional frustration this type of scenario creates. If your body is not
well how can the mind be? It can’t.
It goes without saying that the most efficient form of weight loss is one where we
are able to conserve all, or almost all, of our lean muscle tissue while achieving
a steady reduction in body fat. This is best
accomplished through a balanced combination of guided and sensible nutrition and