Is Healthy, Quick and Easy Weight Loss Possible?

by : Margarethe De Clermont

Want to lose weight effortlessly and quickly without harming your health? Then choose exercise as one of your weight loss tools.

There is no moment like the present.The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards: they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence. ~Maria Edgeworth

Starting an exercise program in bleak midwinter is a pretty dismal idea, but as it is Christmas time and 2008 is looming just around the corner, I bet many people are considering doing just that. We are all reviewing 2007 and resolving to be fitter and healthier and thinner in 2008.

It is very important to understand is that you don't have to immediately start going out for long-distance runs. In fact to do so if you are quite overweight could be detrimental to your health. In the beginning of an exercise program it is better to start by going out for short, slow walks. Don't be concerned if initially they are short walks and slow ones at that; the idea is to build your fitness level gradually to avoid injury.

Starting a new exercise program is the most difficult part. Once you take the first steps towards your exercise and weight loss goals it will become easier and easier as you go along.

Even if you don't like exercise you need to be aware of the fact that exercise is one of the fastest ways for you to reduce weight and improve your health and speed up your metabolism. The more exercise you do, the more energetic, supple and motivated you will become and this in turn makes it a lot easier and enjoyable for you to achieve your daily activities.

Exercise also helps to flush out toxins in the body and improve your digestive system with increased blood flow throughout the body so even small levels of exercise are going to benefit to some degree.

Cardiovascular exercise (speeds up your heartbeat) is very important to keep your heart healthy, but so is suppleness and resistance training. Any exercise that involves the use of resistance such as weightlifting will boost your ability to lose weight considerably as muscle burns fat and any muscle that you can build will help ensure quick and easy weight loss.

These resistance training type exercises also help to increase the strength of your bones that is very important as you age. And if it is weight-bearing (walking, skipping, jogging) it protects you against osteoporosis.

Do some physical activity each day and exercise a minimum of 30 minutes three times per week at least. If you find that you can't do that initially don't be too concerned as you will build up to it before too long and most people end up enjoying it and make it part of their regular lifestyle.

Exercise is also beneficial to your mental health. It stimulates the production of endorphins that make you feel good about yourself. It also strengthens your immune system, protecting you against cancer and disease. Even if we are currently in the darkest of winter-time, starting an exercise program as part of your New Year resolutions is no bad idea at all. Come spring-time you'll be fit as a fiddle and radiantly healthy and will fit into your summer clothes effortlessly.

To motivate yourself to get going and keep going once you have started, I would recommend self-hypnosis and visualisation. You can suggest to yourself while under hypnosis that you love exercising and are very good at it, and use visualisation to see yourself slim, fit and healthy, walking on a beach in your bathing suit, getting many admiring glances...

So just go for it. If you want to guarantee quick and easy weight loss, choose a form of exercise you enjoy and will be able to stick to for the rest of your life, and gradually increase the time and effort you put into your training program. Look after your body, you only have the one, and it is certainly worth it.