December 4, 2012

Why the Best Way to Lose Weight is to Follow your Own Plan

Have you ever wondered as to why we keep hearing people complain that they are incapable of losing weight, despite all the different workout programs and nutrition systems out there? Well, the reason actually happens to be quite simple: following a program that was based on the experience of one person with it is not exactly the best way to lose weight.

That is not say there aren't ineffective systems out there… they are actually quite numerous, but their ratio is quite small in comparison to the total number of programs on the market. In any case, what I’m getting at is that if you want the weight loss process to be relatively smooth and bearable, you should try making up your own plan.

The First Part – Working Out

Fitness is just as important as eating right if you are looking to lose weight and keep it off once it’s gone. You should be making two plans: one for the weight loss, and one for maintenance.

The first one, the weight loss plan, should have you exercising four times a week, five if possible, with three workout sessions per day lasting between 30 and 45 minutes. Each session should be mostly dedicated to cardiovascular exercises, but don’t forget to leave a little for bodyweight exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups) for your general conditioning.

The maintenance plan should have you exercising three to four times a week, with two sessions per day each lasting around 40 minutes. You don’t have to exercise as intensively during these workouts, but just make sure to keep on doing cardiovascular exercises and make it moderately challenging.

The Second Part – The Nutrition Plan

For this plan, you will need to take the time to learn a bit about nutrition, what nutrients your body requires in order to function and how many calories you should be taking in to sustain yourself in your current shape.

Then, you will do some research and compile a list of foods with high nutritional and low caloric values. Subsequently, you will select foods from that list to replace your daily meals. While it may seem convoluted at first, once you get used to it, calculating your daily caloric intake becomes second nature.

During the weight loss process, try to make it so that your consumed calories are about 500 to 1000 lower than the required amount to currently sustain yourself. Once you have lost the weight, depending on how big you are, you’ll probably need to consume somewhere around 1500-1800 calories to sustain yourself properly.

Now, there is a lot of work to do before you actually put your plans together, and most importantly follow through with them, but that should give you an idea of what you’ll have to go through. However, rest assured it’s worth it; dropping pounds naturally at your own pace and under your conditions may very well be the best way to lose weight, or at least the most sensible one.

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