Diets and Weight Control Programs

By: Carolyn Bell Smith

Nowadays health-conscious people are concerned about their health and fitness. Many want to sculpture their bodies to achieve the magazine-cover look. As a result, health spas and gyms are appearing all over to cater to the fitness buffs.

Exercise machines and weight loss products have gained control over the airwaves. But it will take more than exercise. Being healthy and fit requires being responsible and setting long-term goals, creating good eating habits, and developing a new way of thinking about diets.

A diet should be thought of as a means to provide the body with essential nutrition to restore and maintain healthy growth. The popularity of keeping fit has many views, programs, methods and strategies. Among these are high carb diets and low fat diets, and food combination diet. All seems to be effective, but which one fits your lifestyle.

The first thing to know would be the fundamental differences between these diets. If one can not decide, try them all and stick with the one that fits your lifestyle. The high carb diet is about the intake of carbohydrate rich foods, low fat diets is about low fat food intake and the combination food diet is about not mixing proteins and carbohydrates together at the same meal.

Diet programs help shed unwanted pounds, gain weight, and can help heal the body. The important aspects of having a proper diet are moderation, balance and variation. One must be careful not to leave out important nutrients and other substances necessary for a healthy, energized body.

If weight loss is desired, it can easily be obtained by choosing one of the diets above. Just remember that a quick fix diet does not work. Develop a low fat, high energy lifestyle. More energy must be expended than consumed to lose fat.

The body composition can change without losing weight if a person is exercising and building muscles. A lifelong nutritious and exercise program will slowly change the body composition. The body will lose fat and gain muscle.

Weight training helps to increase muscle mass; so there is some benefit when incorporated into your weight loss program. It will also increase your resting metabolic rate (the amount of calories burned while resting). However aerobic exercise burns more calories.

A moderate calorie restriction with regular exercise is the best way to lose weight. As long as a person is consistent, the weight loss will be steady and slow; which will develop a lifestyle change.

Set a reachable goal to keep yourself motivated. Before starting a regimen of any type, consult your healthcare professional.

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