People in great physical conditioning are often asked about the steps toward a successful change in body composition. Bodybuilders and competitive athletes typically spend years in a strong physical condition. They are often solicited for advice about increasing muscle mass and lowering body fat. Formerly obese people learned to gain control of their body composition and become walking success stories. They are often a great source for general weight loss support. No matter who is asked, there is no disputing the impact obesity has on health and general comfort – no matter how many times “big is beautiful” is repeated. People suffering from unhealthy levels of fat mass generally seek out advice asking the same routine questions. The path is frequently dropped right in front of them; they have to choose to walk it.
“Why can’t I enjoy myself?”
The idea of enjoying one’s self should not be synonymous with eating. Food binges during periods of insecurity or pleasure only lead to instances of indigestion, stomach aches, vomiting, heart burn and sleep disorders. Eventually weight gain leads to tighter clothes and becoming uncomfortable when seated in a restaurant, car or airplane – an unpleasant situation to simply exist within your own body. Serious health conditions can develop with long-term frequent food binges; such as diabetes and metabolic syndromes. Overindulgence can lead to many unpleasant events within the body. Separating recreational activities and psychological needs from eating is required for fat loss; it’s a good initial step.
“How can I get full from a small portion?”
The goal for routine feeding is not beating the stomach into submission. This is especially important if there is already an excess accumulation of stored fat. To lose weight, a person must go through periods of hunger – it’s really that simple.
“Do I have a thyroid problem?”
Hypo- and hyper-active thyroids can lead to changes in metabolism due to inefficiency to properly use nutrients but this is often improperly tied to obesity issues. If the incoming calories are sufficient enough, the body stores fat. If caloric intake is lower than energy output, then body mass lowers. Ten bricks will never build a castle, no matter how enthusiastic the construction workers. Identifying food allergies and micro-nutrient deficiencies can have a dramatic affect on base metabolic rate. Increasing lean body mass also raises resting metabolism.
“What if I don’t like to eat vegetables?”
People learn to like different foods. They build a taste pallet through life’s experiences. Typically, people are conditioned to enjoy sweets because of a reward tie-in supported since childhood. It’s important to un-learn the cravings for sweets and processed foods – learn to eat things the body can benefit from. A car operates best with clean engine oil and gas. The body benefits from natural whole foods, more than sweets and heavily processed items.
“How come working out does nothing for me?”
Joining a fitness center is a good first step toward controlling obesity by increasing activity levels. Many succeed to enter the gym, but many fail to actually push themselves. Increasing endurance capacity and lean body mass – subsequently the body’s metabolic efficiency – requires some discomfort. Level two on a stationary bicycle will generally not demand change from the body. It’s vital to begin a training journal to guide training efforts toward athletic progress. A body burning 600 calories in 30 minutes on a stationary bicycle will be in much greater physical condition than one capable of burning half the calories in the same unit of time.
“I tried all the diets – what actually works?”
When you have a large amount of unnecessary body fat, there is no special diet. The only structure required is to simply eat less food. Normally an effortless dietary removal of something high in sugar or heavily processed can cause a significant drop in daily caloric intake. If soda is a large part of the current diet, switching to diet cola can have a dramatic affect on body composition. Excessive alcohol consumption is also a direct and indirect contributing factor to excess calorie intake. Being in good shape is not a definitive period of a special diet, it’s an infinite change in lifestyle.
“What supplement should I take to lose fat?”
There is no magic pill – ask anyone who has succeeded at changing their body composition. Despite late night infomercials, the only success variables are hard work, discipline and consistency. Some dietary supplements can help jolt energy levels during low-calorie diets, but they do not do much without concurrent training and responsible eating. Do not continue to put off weight loss goals for the hope of an upcoming magic, effortless solution residing in a pill.
“How can I get rid of my stomach?”
There is only one way to decrease the waistline: lower total fat mass. Fat is distributed with instruction deep within genetic code – blame Mom and Dad for love handles or thick thighs. Men have a tendency to gain body fat quickest in the abdominal area, while women have a propensity to gain in the thighs. People lose body fat from different areas as total body fat is lowered.
“I don’t have time to workout?”
Nearly everyone can devote more time to a healthier lifestyle through increased activity. A study in 2004 by the Department of Health and Sport Sciences examined ho much disposable free time people have by exploring the lives of 249 women. According to the study, “these women devoted much of their time to their responsibilities as workers, housekeepers, mothers and wives. They also spent 28 hours per week in sedentary leisure-time activity. Actual time commitments did not predict perceived lack of time for physical activity.” These findings demonstrate the misperceptions about having enough time to engage in physical activities. A mere three hours per week devoted to some form of physical exertion can produce substantial results.
“When should I start?”
You should start immediately; putting off efforts to regain control for proper body composition only delays the enjoyment of health and comfort. Make the decision to end an obesity problem. Then learn to conquer the factors that lead to the condition. One of life’s greatest pleasures is feeling comfortable within your own body.