Have you noticed how many people are obsessed with losing weight? There is increasing evidence that the american fixation with diet and weight loss is hazardous.
Concerns about weight can lead to obsessions about diet and weight control, dysfunctional lifestyles, abnormally high patterns of exercise, disordered eating patterns, metabolic depression and inadequate nutrition. Study after study has proven the ineffectiveness of dieting. There is a misconception that losing “weight” is the best way to look and feel good, an idea that weight-loss companies promote. What exactly does losing weight entail? Traditionally, losing weight includes losing muscle, bone density, water, and even organ tissue. These vital components of your body are compromised severely during weight-loss stages. Is this healthy? Certainly NOT! But the diet and weight-loss industry will have you believe it is. could this be a reason why people are unhealthy, become sick, and sometimes die? INDEED IT IS!!!
Conventional weight-loss programs focus on caloric reduction, often without providing proper nutrition. These programs are not concerned with how you feel, exercise, or the reason why you are losing weight. Reducing your caloric intake so you burn many more calories than you are consuming is fine. But without exercise to help build and sustain lean muscle tissue, your body will be forced to cannibalize itself. YES, commercial weight loss programs can help you lose “weight:,” but along with that, there is a good chance that you’ll also feel terrible, weaken your immune system, and in most cases gain all of your weight back. In contrast, exercising will build muscle, which in turn will help neutralize your fat loss. Your body will keep what you need for health maintenance, and burn the rest off. Nutrients you consume must be in balanced ratios that provide sufficient protein, carbohydrate, and fat intake for optimal health. Consider these factors carefully before beginning any weight-loss program.
The first hurdle in your weight-loss journey is to stop obsessing about your body weight. Instead, focus on bodily measurements, fat composition and the way you look in the mirror. Why? Because weight is not a good indicator of how much fat you are carrying. Remember, body weight is a combination of the weight of our bones, organs, muscles, water, and fat. If you lose five pounds in one week, how can you be sure that those five pounds were from fat? Think about it. It could have been two pounds of muscle, two pounds of water and one pound of fat. If this is the case, you are now in a worse situation than you were before. Why? Because your metabolism will be slower and you will have lost body shape (muscle is what increase your metabolism and also gives shape to your body?. This is why crash diets don’t work; you lose muscle and water, while simultaneously creating fat storage. These diets trick the body into thinking that it is starving. When the body thinks that this is the case, ti begins storing fat for future use and eating away at valuable muscle. So while you may achieve your ideal weight, you’ll look very different than what you envisioned.
In order to achieve the look you desire, for get about ideal weights - with so many varying frames and sizes, such a thing is impossible to determine.
Let the tape measure and the mirror tell you when you have arrived at your destination.