By now youˇ¦ve probably heard everything that you possibly can about
effective weight loss. Diets that let you eat whatever sweet you
want. Diets that allow you to eat as much meat as you want ˇVas long
as you stay away from those dreaded (gasp!) vegetables. Diets that
let you eat anything and everything you desire, as long as you say a
personal mantra at least 3 times a day.
The truth is - having a healthy looking body is work. Especially if
youˇ¦re over twenty years of age. Yet, even if youˇ¦re under this age
and have suffered from being overweight, then quite simply, youˇ¦re
doing something wrong. This is not to say that you are a bad person,
not by a long shot. Itˇ¦s only that everyoneˇ¦s body is different, and
to achieve effective weight loss may mean doing something different
than basically everyone else.
First, neither sweets nor meat is the solution. The people that
created that diet (we wonˇ¦t say any names) are now getting sued not
only by a growing number of individuals whoˇ¦ve had heart attacks,
but by the federal government, who is trying to watch out for us.
Sure, a little meat might be good, but everything must be in
This last idea canˇ¦t be stressed too greatly, so letˇ¦s say it again:
everything in moderation. Even water, which is the greatest
substance in the world for your body, can be overdone. Yes, you
actually can drink too much water. Itˇ¦s called drowning. No, but
seriously, try to drink 4 glasses of water. By your third glass your
body is already telling you to slow down. Your body knows what it
wants and ˇVmore importantly, what it needs. (Incidentally,
dieticians recommend a goodly amount of water as a part of effective
weight loss, so drink up ˇVbut in moderation.)
Thatˇ¦s another good point, too. Listen to your body. This is not
just some new age slogan to trick people out of their money; it
truly works. In fact, while you might not feel it at first, after
youˇ¦ve lost a little weight and are more aware of what should or
should not go inside of you, youˇ¦ll feel it too, when someone offers
you a little chocolate and a little voice tells you to refrain, itˇ¦s
not just guilt; itˇ¦s one of the first signs of effective weight
loss: the mental aspect.
The reality is that we all know what it is that we have to do to
achieve effective weight loss. Yet we allow ourselves to be weak
ˇVand then, to make things worse, we insult ourselves. Neither of
these habits is healthy. No matter how heavy you are, learn to love
yourself, and compliment yourself on a daily basis. As you gain
composure and self-respect, youˇ¦ll lose weight. Itˇ¦s a lovely
balancing act of effective weight loss.
Even better, once the pounds begin to drop off, they go faster and
faster, as your health and energy come back to you. Momentum is
gained, as though you were standing atop a hill of health. And
truly, with healthy, effective weight loss, you are.
Loss weight and get fit at the same time!
Itˇ¦s almost a truism that in American society the ˇ§quick fixˇ¨ is in,
whereas the alternate ˇVanything which takes time, is out. Sadly,
this is disproportionate to basic reality. As any teenager knows
(though rarely heeds), anything that is worth doing, takes time. So
with this idea in hand, let us proceed to fitness for weight loss.
Fitness for weight loss is important as, without maintaining our
bodies, we will have no bodies. While there are all sorts of ideas
and philosophies floating around, most people must concede at least
the basic truths of materialism: that we are composed of atoms, and
that those atoms need to be ˇ§worked.ˇ¨
What this means in common terms is that fitness for weight loss
equates to exercise. Without exercise, losing weight is generally an
unhealthy (if even possible) venture. Yet letˇ¦s look at a metaphor,
to truly grasp the ramifications of this idea. Imagine that your
body is a car. We say a car, as itˇ¦s easily identifiable because
most of us own at least one, if not more, cars.
The truth of the matter is that we generally maintain our cars,
because we want them to continue working for us. And yet, though we
want our bodies to also continue working for us ˇVand in a decent
manner, we donˇ¦t treat our bodies ˇValso composed of atoms, and
equally tangible, as our automobiles. We seem to feel that if we
ˇ§will it,ˇ¨ that matter will simply disappear from our bodies, and we
will be whole as we see fit.
This is absolutely irrational behavior. So, you must ask yourself if
the above description reflects your own actions. If so, you
absolutely must change, at least if fitness for weight loss is your
conception (and rightly so) of how to shed those pounds.
Yet maybe that was not enough to convince you. Let us look to
history, then. Hippocrates, the generally acknowledged ˇ§Father of
Medicine, as far back as half a millennium before the reputed birth
of Christ, wrote that the two most important aspects to a humanˇ¦s
good health are diet and exercise. This is half of fitness for
weight loss. The other half being (proper) diet, of course.
Going back to the metaphor of the car, this makes perfect sense. One
can put the best gasoline and the best oil into an automobile, and
yet if the car sits in our garage, without being utilized, the
engine will clog up, the gasoline will go bad, and the gas tank will
rust out. Consider this analogy in relation to your body. From this
you quickly see the value of fitness for weight loss.
Let us not consider this too lightly, no matter how often it is
repeated. Good food and fitness for weight loss are the two keys
ˇVnot only to go easy on your bathroom scale, but to feel better and
to be in a more healthful way. May your desires and realities