Basic Tips for Weight Loss

It's a fact of life that if you want to do anything, it really helps if you know what you're doing before you get started. The same applies to losing weight although by the way some people seem to go at it, you would think they haven't tried to learn anything.

Lack of knowledge is a major cause of failure simply because mistakes are made, often unknowingly and things go wrong.

The best way around this is to make sure you have as much understanding of the process of losing weight as you can get. To help you along and to get you started, we have put together some of the very basic weight loss tips that will help you to begin to understand what needs to happen before the weight will start to drop off and your body reduces in size.

Why Diet is So Important

The first and probably biggest cause of obesity is overeating, or that of eating too much of the high calorie, unhealthy kinds of food that is sold in all the stores these days. Many people simply have no idea what they are eating and just grab a shopping trolley full of packets of food that they think are healthy because it might say so on the label.

Not so!

The only way to eat healthily and reduce the calorie load is to eat fresh produce that you have to prepare and cook yourself. There are few items that come in packets that will be good for you and often it is not worth your time trying to seek them out!

This may appear contradictory for specialist meal replacement diet programs like Nutrisystem or Medifast where many of the meals are pre-packaged. However, these diets should really be treated as stepping stones to wean you off junk food and large portions onto smaller portions and healthier food, more like a program like the South Beach Diet or similar where more home cooked whole foods are added into the right diet.

If you can control the size of the food portions to be reasonable and not load the plate up with a mountain of food at each meal, and make sure that what goes onto that plate is healthy and not additive laden processed junk, then you will begin to notice some reduction in weight almost right away. Your diet is important!

What Are Calories?

Calories are simply units of energy. We measure the level of energy that goes into your body from the food and liquids you consume in calories and likewise, the amount of energy that your body burns through work. In its most simplistic terms, if the number of calories (or units of energy) that go into your body is the same of less than what your body burns in a day, then you should remain at your correct weight or lose a little.

There is more to it than that, but if you can grasp that simple equation, you can be well on your way to losing weight just by understanding why you need to know how many calories your food contains.

Why Exercise is So Important

Eating right is important for sure, but so is getting enough exercise each day. That's because in order to burn all the energy that your food provides, your body must work. Or more particularly, your muscles must work to burn the energy that is supplied to them. That energy comes from the sugars your body processes from the food you eat.

The harder your body works and for longer and the more often that you make it work hard, the more energy you will burn. It goes back to what was just written on calories. When your body works hard, it burns more calories.

If you are only providing your body with, say 1500 calories per day from your diet and your body burns 2000 or more calories a day, then you should expect to lose about a pound in body weight per week.

Why Water is So Important

Lastly, its no good eating right and exercising hard each day of you are not getting enough liquid to properly hydrate your body. While you may be drinking lots of soda or flavored drinks or sports drinks to satisfy your thirst, none of those things will help you lose weight. In fact they will help you gain it!

Only plain water is calorie-free and perfectly suited to hydrating your body. It may seem boring, but you really must make yourself drink around two pints of plain water every day. This not only aids digestion and helps boost metabolism, but it also helps you to feel fuller, sooner when you eat. That goes a long way to preventing overeating and you are less likely to want to snack between meals.

In fact, often when you feel like an in-between meal snack, you are actually thirsty. Your brain just doesn't always register the difference between thirst and hunger. So next time you feel like reaching for a snack, reach instead for a glass of water and toast your good health and new, slimmer body in the making!