From Your Health Journal…..”A great article by Rob Williams in a publication called The Province with 10 tips for keeping lean. With obesity rates soaring all over the world, and many people suffering from risk factors for heart disease, articles like this are important, as if they can help just one person, then it is a success. Small steps like having smaller portions, healthier snacks, getting plenty of sleep, fueling up properly, and watching your carbs can help reduce the risk factors for heart disease and lead someone to a healthier path. The article points out many people should forget about magic (diet) pills, and rely on consistent healthy lifestyle – as over time, this will have positive dividends. Success does not happen overnight, and small, baby steps make a huge difference. Please visit The Province web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It is well written, and very informative.”
From the article…..
Forget magic pills, consistency is key to good health
Clients and friends often ask me about diets, exercise plans and super foods that they’ve heard will help them lose fat and stay lean.
In almost every case, the product or program’s claims are too good to be true, and there’s someone at the top of the pyramid making a lot of money by selling empty promises.
I believe that most people could stand to lose five, 10 or even 15 pounds of excess body fat.
I realize that it seems appealing to be able to follow a miracle workout, or take a magic pill to lose the weight, but it’s just not realistic. Maybe the idea of following the tried and true formula, which includes discipline and hard work, is just too daunting. Or maybe you just don’t have the right motivation yet.
For starters, know that your body really doesn’t need to carry around a lot of fat, and it will be better off without it. The benefits of losing five per cent of your body weight in fat are extensive, including:
* Lowering cholesterol
* Improving mobility
* Improving blood sugar control
* Reducing joint stress, aches and pains
* Improving your breathing
* Increasing self-confidence
The problem is, despite the incredible amount of information available today, I’m not sure most people know how to develop a successful strategy for losing weight.
With many of my clients, we’ve followed a time-tested approach and seen serious results. This involves hard work and determination, with a little direction and training help from me. This column is intended to summarize the weight-loss strategies that I’ve seen work for so many people. Hopefully, by following this approach, you can share this kind of success.
Start with sleep
Adequate sleep is critical when you’re trying to lose weight. Sleep helps keep your metabolism elevated and gives your body time to repair and recover from your workouts. This helps your body to maintain its muscle mass and be ready for high-energy days and great workouts.
Monitor your fuel levels
Your body is a lot like a gas engine. It requires fuel to keep running. With too little fuel, it’ll slow down and eventually stop on you. Too much fuel and you’re going to have to store it somewhere until it’s needed. This is what happens with extra calories: they get stored as fat all over your body. Figure out how many calories your body needs in a day, and then stick to it.
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