You probably are already aware of the statistics saying that the majority of the general population in North America is considered to be overweight. Actually the numbers indicate that over one third are labelled obese a third are considered overweight. This leaves only 1/3 of the people at a healthy weight.
Is this statistic really true?
A quick glance around your office or the local shopping mall will tell you it’s pretty close. This is also evident in the way that commerce has (finally) started to cater to the larger human model. And they have gotten smart about it. As this news article explains. Larger clothing is now available in smaller sizes. Also known as “vanity sizing”.
From a commerce point of view – brilliant! But from a health position? Not as flattering.
Even though the clothing manufactures have figured out how to get you to drop a dress size or two in just 10 minutes, this still doesn’t alter the reality of health and how you feel when you are looking at yourself naked.
What is the Solution?
Desperation and desire for a quick fix has brought about a demand for a fast weight loss solution. The front runners are diet pills, soup diets, even high intensity exercise programmes, like P90x – which could otherwise be a good thing – most humans cannot tolerate for more than a day or two.
The snake oil salesman is still alive and well and profiting immensely from peoples desire to be thin, and FAST! There is good news though. There is a REAL way to lose weight quickly, healthy, and make it stick.
The Science Behind Weight Loss
When you are in a real hurry to shed a few pounds like for an upcoming wedding, or a winter getaway that will put you in a bathing suit – here are some excellent solutions.
First up is a hormone adjustment. Don’t worry – it isn’t as awkward as it sounds.
You are likely aware of insulin and probably know that people with diabetes have issues with normal insulin production – BUT – they aren’t the only ones who are affected.
Insulin not only helps to control blood sugar levels it also plays a large part in fat storage. Generally the daily diet of most people actually will elevate insulin level and this in turn encourages the body to hold on to fat. By lowering insulin levels (for the healthy person) the body will not only store less fat it will burn it faster too.
This is why low-carb diets work well. Read the rest please, before you run out and grab a fad low-carb diet off the shelf. Many of those aren’t particularly healthy.
Comparing the low-fat diet with the low-carb diet the low-carb diets usually are more successful. Part of the reason is because (done correctly) you can eat until you are full and don’t get hungry as fast as the low fat diet. The low-fat diets are more calorie restrictive whereas the low-carb is more about healthy eating.
Why do you Feel Like Crap on a Healthy Diet?
How many times in the past have you tried a healthy low-carb diet and in just a few days you felt like you were getting sick? Maybe you felt achy, headaches, cranky, shaky, and tired – almost like you were getting the flu. This is called the “low-carb flu”.
This is fairly common when you replace your higher carb diet with a healthier diet like a Paleo diet. The reason for this is because when you replace the higher carb diet – and often simple sugars with a healthy low-carb diet your body will start to detox. When you detox you will feel like blah! Thats all there is to it. Fortunately it only lasts a few days so just tough it out. But – if you are concerned you should see your medical adviser.
Adding Exercise to Promote Fast Weight Loss
Suddenly jumping into a high intensity workout program when you’ve spent the last 10 years keeping the couch from running away, isn’t going to be particularly helpful. If you think you feel crappy on a low-carb diet then I guarantee you will feel like you got hit by a truck jumping into an extreme exercise program.
Start off the first few days just getting accustomed to the new meal planning and crank up your metabolism by simply adding a walk to your day. This will help to clean the toxins from your body without adding unnecessary stress and strain to your muscles. After you start to feel “normal” on your diet now add a little extra to your calorie burning exercise.
If you feel ready to start adding strength training – do so slowly. Your body will still lose the weight quickly at this point so approach this for the long haul. Jumping in to too much activity won’t help you lose the weight any faster and likely guarantee that you will quit.
When you are feeling well and you’ve been walking daily for a few days and eating a clean diet for a week or so – add some speed to your walk. Still walk for 30 minutes but cover more ground in that time. Start to keep track and place bets with yourself.
Three times a week add a light strength training routine. Take your time using lighter weights to get familiar with the programs and proper form.
These few changes will take the weight of quickly and healthily.