by Ed Yourdon
Many people blame their weight gain for the metabolism that tends to slow down as people age. The realization is the metabolic rate only decreases about 2 to 3 percent every decade. This tiny percentage is not the cause of your weight gain so before you begin trying to lose some body fat, you must first understand what is causing the gain in the first place.
Common myths such as having a slow metabolism or simply “being born fat” are not useful when it comes to understanding your problem and doing something about it to lose weight. If the weight gain is due to a poor diet or exercise, begin eating a well balanced meal and exercise at least 3 times a week for a minimum of 15 minutes. Making up excuses of way you can’t gain weight will not make you any thinner.
Controlling your lifestyle is the first step to creating a healthy mind and body. Many people are buy in their daily lives with their jobs, children, hobbies and other activities that they feel overwhelmed and can’t stick to a strict diet. The truth is that creating a well balanced weight loss plan only takes a few minutes of your time and can have excellent results.
Simply follow these simple rules in order to lose 12 pounds in a period of 2 weeks:
STEP ONE: Ditch The Junk Food
Many people substitute that healthy foods that their body is craving for junk food that tastes good at the moment but provides no nutritional value. Try cleaning out your refrigerator and cupboards and remove any sweets, processed foods and items that are high in fat. Once the food is not in your sight or home, you will no longer be able to consume the unhealthy food.
STEP TWO: Don’t Skip Breakfast
It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that claim is 100 percent true. Many believe that skipping breakfast may help them to shed some pounds but without starting your day off with a healthy meal, your metabolism actually slows. You need energy to start off your day and be able to go through your daily activities without feeling completely exhausted. Try adding fruits and vegetables to your breakfast to help fill your daily fiber requirement.
STEP THREE: Eat Smaller Meals
Instead of consuming three large meals each day, switch it up and eat several small meals throughout your day. The body will be able to digest the food better when it’s in smaller amounts, helping to loose weight. Make sure that while you are eating smaller meals, you avoid the junk food.
STEP FOUR: Get the Recommended Sleep
To have a healthy body, you will need the recommended 8 hours of sleep. It’s been proven that lack of sleeping can actually boost your hunger pains, causing you to eat more through your day.
STEP FIVE: Replace Fat with Muscle
Although muscle is heavier than fat, it is important that you work out and exercise consistently in order to tone up your body and keep the fat off. Muscle burns fat so the more you work out, the more body fat you will loose. For every pound of muscle that you gain, 50 calories are burned.