In today’s society of the glamour models with tooth- pick legs and flat stomachs on every magazine cover, people are becoming more obsessed with weight loss instead of weight control. Billions of dollars are spent every year on fad items such as abdominal machines, video tapes, energy and mood pills, fat burner pills, etc. Many companies and organizations are capitalizing on this by promoting programs that could lead a desperate person into the wrong direction. The first step in gaining weight control is to stop all the fad diets and paraphernalia and get into the grove of eating healthy and working out. Begin by having a great attitude that you did not gain the weight overnight; therefore, you cannot possibly lose it over night!! Commit yourself to a program for at least 3 months in order to get long term results and ultimately make this new change, a lifestyle change.
Avoid programs that promote the following tactics:
WEIGHT LOSS WITHOUT EXERCISING – You must exercise in order to lose body fat and of course watch what you eat. If one just restricts their eating but does not change their habits, they will not gain control of their weight. The other thing that I have found in my experiences as a personal trainer is that clients that exercise along with diet have more chances of controlling their weight after their initial weight loss. They don’t rebound like most people that diet without exercising.
FASTING – Here’s one of my pet peeves… this is a definite sign that the program does not know what they are talking about. Cleansing of the body can be done without fasting. Fasting slows down your metabolism causing you to gain weight back more rapidly. In my experiences as a personal trainer I have seen so many clients buy into fasting and cleansing programs and justify it because they think they need to “cleanse” but in truth their doing it for quick weight loss. I also see many of clients develop digestive problems and find it difficult to lose weight after they return to their regular diet.
IMPROPER FOOD PLANS – A good healthy eating plan will incorporate the proper amounts of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. A plan that totally restricts your carbohydrates and depletes your energy can be dangerous. Your body will excrete excess water that is stored and cause weight loss. Once again, no control over your weight. Unfortunately, the average Canadian eats approximately 50-60% of their intake in carbohydrates, so by cutting back to lose body fat will not hurt. If you don’t know what your percentage of carb in-take is then I suggest that you log your food for 3 days on one of the many calorie counting apps that are available on mobile phones … you may be surprised at what percentage of carbohydrates you are in-taking!
DOES NOT CHECK BODY FAT – A program that only determines progress by your weight on a scale. Realistic and healthy weight loss in generally 1-2 pounds of body fat per week – Most plans will not distinguish the difference between weight loss and body fat loss. A good plan will not allow you to lose much lean tissue. Remember lean tissue requires calories to survive. The more lean tissue you have the more calories you can burn. At Bodies By Design we use a body fat testing method called skin fold measurement which allows us to rate your progress not only on decreases in body weight but also on body fat reduction.
A good, healthy fitness plan that will help you achieve weight control should be one that meets your lifestyle needs. Remember, all good things take time and whatever plan you choose you need to ask yourself… can I continue with it for the long term? If the answer is no then the plan will offer you only short term results while you’re following it and when you inevitably go back to your old lifestyle…you’ll have some some long term frustrations as your weight bounces back higher then it was before you started.
Inspire to Aspire,