What do women’s fitness and healthy eating have in common? Exercise helps to burn calories and helps to either keep weight constant or help to lose weight. Exercising to lose weight is a long process, depending on how much weight you want to lose. The extra pounds went on over time and it takes time to get back in shape. An effective weight loss program combined with exercise has to start out with a realistic goal for the long term.
Being fit is a part of any exercise and weight loss program. You don’t have to spend exorbitant amounts of time exercising. As little as 20 minutes a day can give you the exercise you need to help you lose weight. You also have to cut down on the number of calories, you consume in your food because every 3500 calories you consume is one pound. You do have to start off by determining how many calories you need to eat to maintain your current weight and how many you would need to eat for the weight you hope to attain. This is the number of calories you should try to consume each day, If you are on a weight loss program, such as Weight Watchers, you will have literature to help you choose foods that are healthy and that lead to weight loss.
Many models of exercise equipment on the market have a display feature that tells how many calories are burned in each session. Using this feature will help you determine how many calories to take off your daily allotment so that you have an accurate count of how you are doing with your weight loss program. There are many different diets that you can try, such as the Atkins Diet, the South Beach diet, and the Dr. Phil diet just to name a few of the more popular ones. These diets work for some people, but not all, because of the large amounts of normal foods that are cut out of the diet. If you are really serious and want to make a commitment to bring your body into shape, you will be able to cut out foods that are high in calories and engage in vigorous activity for a certain period of time each day.
Healthy eating means cutting out junk food, sweets and food that cause you to retain the extra pounds. If you try to change you morning snack to fruit and vegetables instead of a candy bar or two, you will notice a marked difference in your ability to lose weight. This is because these foods are actually negative calories foods. While they do contain calories, they take longer to digest and the body actually has to burn calories in the digestive process. These foods also help you to feel full so that you will not want to eat more and more.
Changing your habits is a big part of becoming fit and eating healthy. Breakfast is the main meal of the day and eating breakfast provides you with the energy you need for your morning activities. You won’t be hungry at 10:00 and have to stop for a snack. If you follow the food pyramid and eat the recommended servings of each food, you will be assured of eating the foods your body needs to function in a healthy manner. A simple step of choosing to walk, rather than drive, will add minutes of exercise to your day. You also have to remember to drink plenty of water – at least six 8 ounce glasses, will wash the burned calories out of your body and help to increase the body’s metabolic rate.
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