It is, however, a vital part of any weight management program. It promotes good health, both physical and mental, in a variety of ways, which we will discuss below.stuffed peppers-1
Let us now analyze these two statements in detail.
Inefficiency: Each gram of fat contains 9 calories. Thus, to lose 1 lb of fat (453.6 grams), we would expect to have to burn 4082 cal (i.e. 453.6 x 9). However, because body fat is not pure fat (it contains other things like water and protein) that number is reduced to about 3500 calories. Unless one is in training for some Olympic event, Phen375, this is highly unlikely. Thus, you can readily see that it is far preferable to reduce the caloric intake rather than regard exercise as a real fat-burning approach to weight loss. In addition, in view of the caloric content of fat (9 cal/gram vs. 4 cal/gram for either carbohydrate or protein), you can also see that you get more bang for the buck by watching fat intake, as compared to either proteins or carbohydrates.
Whenever someone embarks upon a serious weight loss campaign, it follows a very predictable path, in most cases. He (or she) is very dedicated to keeping their food diary in a very conscientious way. They do their best to account for all foods consumed, and with reasonable accuracy as to amounts. They are careful to see that their daily average calories from fat does not exceed 25 % of the total calories. They weigh and record their weight daily at about the same time of day, with the same state of dress or undress. They are delighted to see their weight steadily going down.
Then, a strange thing happens! In spite of having remained faithful and dedicated to their program, they notice that for several days, it seems their weight remains fairly constant, or even worse, it goes up one or two pounds. What’s going on? Well, they have reached what we call a plateau. What is a plateau, and why does it occur?
There is no cause for alarm here. What is happening is simply that the body is reorganizing the weight that you have left on your frame. You can easily verify this by measuring various parts of your body (e.g. hips, waist, abdomen, etc.) now and comparing those measurements to what they were before you started this natural weight loss healthy diet program. If you didn’t measure yourself before, you will certainly still be able to tell by the fit of your clothing. What used to be tight is now less so. What used to fit perfectly is now a little looser.
After several days, which will vary from person to person, your weight will continue to drop for awhile – until the next plateau. But next time, you’ll recognize it for what it really is – just a brief period of adjustment along the way to a new, slimmer, healthier you!
Just remember – Those who are health conscious frequent a gym; those who ignore their health frequent restaurants! You just don’t see that many overweight people in a gym, and those that are, are on their way to a slimmer, healthier body – most assuredly!
As we have mentioned above, exercise is vital, not for losing weight, but for staying healthy in general, and while losing weight in particular. When we speak about losing weight (that is, of course, excess weight), we are really talking about burning fat calories, not muscle. Fast weight loss sacrifices muscle tissue as well as fat, which is very unhealthy.
When we hear stories about people who go to the gym and lose 2 to 3 pounds during their workout, we have to remember that such a loss represents primarily a loss of water, through perspiration and respiration. When they replenish the water their bodies require, most of that weight loss disappears.