Weight Loss - Making Weight Loss Easy to Achieve
Written by Thin Thin
The terrible truth is that dieting is actually an extremely complicated matter. If everyone had been created equally, weight loss would be a piece of rice cake.
But we are all different and each of us come with our personal set of body frames, muscle mass, genetic data - which in fact is perhaps the greatest influencing factor of body weight, climate - which also impacts the numbers on our weight scales, medical issues, ethnic backgrounds, different internal processing speeds and so forth.
What works for one in achieving weight loss may not work for another dieter.
And most of the time, finding out what works to accomplish weight loss, takes time, effort and money - particularly when the Weight Gain Trigger ends up being a hidden medical condition such as allergies, stress overload, diabetes and thyroid imbalances.
Therefore, a universal weight loss plan containing x-amount of food and x-amount of exercise cannot be set in stone.
What we do have as a pattern to accomplish weight loss are 'averages' that have been studied over time. These findings produced standard weight charts, the amount of calories that the average person expends, the nutritional daily foods that we need to maintain a healthy body and so forth.
If you would like a good idea of what you should weigh, Thin Thins weight charts can help determine that information. If you're in need of losing weight, we recommend choosing the LARGEST number in the weight chart for your goal weight. Once you reach that weight, you can decide at that point if you need to lose more.
DIETING IS COMPLICATED
Overeating has become a world-wide epidemic and to be quite frank - the medical profession is at a loss of how to get things under control in this area. With other 'substance abuses' people can be isolated from the temptation and treated. With food, it's a constant temptation. We must eat to live.
It is very frustrating that our schools teach everything from history to algebra, yet fail miserably in educating our youth on the most important element of their life - health/calories/body nutritional breakdown.
What good is knowledge if there is no life?
Our kids need to be taught at a very young age about the amount of food their bodies need to function. What we are seeing are kids who fall easily into eating disorders because they have no idea how to lose weight in a healthy manner.
And many of the kids seeking diet avenues aren't even in need of losing weight!
With all this said, it's time to get Diet Smart! If you find that you have gained weight one of the chief reasons may be because you are unaware of how many calories you are taking in per day.
Does fat grams count? Oh yes - in the big scheme of things. But there is only one thing that controls what our body weighs. Energy. Energy equals calories consumed and calories burned through activity.
Fat intake matters because it influences the condition of our circulatory system, as well as the amount of fat cells our bodies contain. Once these fat cells are created by the body to hold the excess calories from the foods and beverages consumed, they never go away. When weight loss is accomplished, they are simply deflated, yet they gnaw continually to be refilled. That's why weight maintenance is so difficult.
The successful dieter must work harder to retain their trim figure than an individual who has never experienced weight gain issues. And many who have never experienced such don't understand what the successful dieter must battle each and every day to retain their trim shape. And many of those individuals are 'weight loss gurus' who have never experienced a fat day in their life.
Although counting calories can take time and effort (it's much easier to just eat that cupcake rather than determine how many calories it contains by glimpsing at the label), counting daily calorie intake and ensuring that it doesn't exceed our body's calorie needs is a sure-fire guarantee for permanent weight loss.
Because high-calorie content foods tend to be higher in calories than their healthier natural-food counterparts, controlling calories will overshadow the unhealthier foods in your daily diet. Even in the area of carb dieting, most foods high in carb grams are high in calories. The same applies to foods high in fat grams which are in turn, high in calorie content.
This isn't to say that one must totally trim high calorie foods from their daily diet. It is to say that choosing foods that are lower in calories and inserting them into the daily diet can present an excellent recipe for weight loss while allowing the dieter to enjoy more food. Using our (delicious) cupcakes mentioned above, these sweet babies generally contain about 200 calories each, making a two-pack equal 400 calories. For 400 calories we can either enjoy the two cupcakes or the following:
- 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 cup of cherries, 1 cup of strawberries, 1 mango and 1 wedge of watermelon
- One frozen enchilada dinner contains 380 calories
- 1 baked potato, 1 pat of margarine, 1 serving of sour cream, bacon bits, chives, 1 serving of shredded cheese
- 1 roasted chicken drumstick, 1 serving of rice, 1 serving of green beans, 1 slice of whole grain bread
2 slices of whole grain bread, 1 serving of whipped Peter Pan Peanut Butter, 1 banana
This isn't to say that one will never embrace a cupcake! There are times when only a cupcake will do, or when only a special dessert will do. How could we possibly get through the holidays without a piece of pumpkin pie? And just imagine the expression on the bride's face when Dieter Wanda inquires, "I can't have wedding cake. Do you have a baked potato instead?"
So limit your calories by using your good sense in combination with food labels, nutrition guides when dining out (simply ask your server for a nutrition guide)- but don't ever set limitations on your avenues to success!