Weight loss is an amazingly popular subject. One of the reasons for this is just how high the failure rate is. 95% of the people who try to drop a significant amount of weight will either not manage it, or quickly gain the weight back.
This leads to a pretty big question. What’s going wrong, why is the inability to get in shape the norm instead of an exception?
Having lost over a hundred pounds, I believe that I can offer a unique viewpoint. I’ve been in the situation of failing to lose weight, gaining weight, and then finally managing to drop it and keep it off.
There was one main trick that turned the tables for me, and let me get back in shape. That was switching the emphasis on how I intended to lose the weight.
Exercise is important, and I’m in no way disputing that. However, it’s usually placed as the absolute most important aspect. The actual most important thing is “calories in/calories out”. Working out will burn some calories, but only a certain amount. It’s far too common for people to over estimate just how much they’ve burned while working out. Then they end up eating it all back right after a workout.
What worked for me was working out for my health, while at the same time eating for weight loss. I began calorie counting, putting myself down to 1200 calories per day, and then started on a moderate workout system.
The biggest component of my weight loss system being a daily hour long walk. This is of particular importance for starting your weight loss program. It’s hard to admit to yourself that you’re too lazy to just put one foot in front of the other for 30 minutes or an hour. If you lift weights, it is easy to write off if you’ve had a hard day. You need an aerobic exercise to lose weight in the long run.
With a caloric limit that small, you’ll be losing weight no matter what. Yes, there will be about a week when your body is in “starvation mode” and trying to maintain fat. But as long as you’re doing the walking, your body will get the message that it needs to keep burning resources to fuel a perceived search for food.
So walking is one of the best ways and easy ways to exercise to lose weight.