There are a number of reasons why people want to lose weight. People try to look better, feel better about themselves and gain more energy from losing weight. Sometimes people try to lose weight due to health reasons. Weight loss success depends on your expectations. Having a realistic approach and taking into account the reasons why your weight higher than you would like is a healthy approach to weight loss.
Why do you weigh what you weigh?
What do you eat? One main reason for the average person's weight is the kinds of foods that they eat. If you generally eat foods that are higher in calories, fat or sugar, you are likely to weigh more than someone who eats lower calorie foods that are lower in fat and sugar. This may not always be true, but it is a general fact. We must also take into account the actual proportions each person eats.
Naturally, the more balanced the diet, the less weight you are likely to gain from food. It is the extra calories, fats, and sugars that end up being stored on the body if they are not used. Actually, the body will store any energy that is not used from the foods that we eat.
Lifestyle is another major factor that determines a person's weight. An individual who is very active might actually weight more than someone who is not very active. That may be because they have more muscle tone, and muscle is heavier than fat. On the other hand, an inactive person could weight much more than an active person if they consume a great deal of calories. In theory, if you are active enough to burn off the calories that you consume, you will store less fat.
Other factors can contribute to an individual's weight. Genetic make-up, age, health status (medical conditions), and medications (some might affect weight), all contribute to what someone weighs. That is why it is important to address the reasons why your weight is what it is. This will make the "how" part of your weight loss easier to determine.
How can you lose weight?
Lowering your calorie intake and increasing your activity will help you lose weight. There are many programs that will try to say that their methods can help you to lose weight quickly, easily and permanently, and it just isn't realistic. Some lifestyle and dietary change is necessary, don't be fooled into believing otherwise.
What you eat is just as important as how much you eat. Try to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Eating a balanced diet will help your body to function better and your body will naturally store less fat.
Set realistic expectations for your weight loss. A pound our two per week is a healthy attainable goal. Gradual weight loss can improve your health. Slowly losing weight can also improve your chances of maintaining the weight loss that your achieve over a long period of time.