How to Lose Weight

November 3, 2011 · Comments

There are probably just as many excuses to not get into shape, as there are reasons to get into shape. The difference is those excuses can lead to less mobility, more illnesses, and possibly an earlier death. The gain in overall health and fitness makes the effort to lose weight worth it. Please remember to visit a doctor before starting any exercise program.

Exercise Tips
There are different exercises and different exercise programs, and it seems that someone somewhere is promising that their program is the best. The truth is that the best exercise program, especially for the person who hasn’t been overly active for a while is the exercise they are willing to stick with. That is not to say they have to love the exercise they are doing, but if they won’t stick with a program over the long haul, then they need to find another exercise.

Another important factor is how hard the exerciser pushes himself or herself. A person who is very overweight can do a lot of good by walking one mile a day in the beginning. However, one month later they will need to have increased their pace and distance in order to do as much good. The more the exerciser pushes their limits, the better the exercise is for them.


One of the hardest parts of losing weight is using an appropriate diet. Just like sticking with exercise, the change in diet associated with weight loss must be a habit and a lifestyle change, not just something to do for a while, or else the fat will return and all of that hard work will have been wasted.

When considering how much to eat, it is important to understand how much is being eaten. One pound of fat is 3500 calories. Therefore, if a person wants to lose two pounds a week needs to consume 1000 fewer calories during that week. There are all kinds of faddish dietary foods available, but the best thing to do is learn how to eat smaller portions of healthy food.

The more difficult part of starting a diet for most people is portion size. People are used to eating too much. Learning how many calories are in a portion size makes knowing how much to eat much easier.

Losing weight is not easy. The payoff for those who are willing to stick with a healthy lifestyle change is looking better, and most of all feeling better.

(photo credit: MikeBaird)

Author Bio: Jackie joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2009 as research assistant after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in fitness and nutrition. Jackie’s experience in technical and medical research has allowed her to assist in the development of medical content and outreach efforts, with specializations in alternative care, cancer support programs, and social media campaigns.

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    As a woman, I wish I could be as successful in loosing my weight as I am following about the same diet as you have mentioned in the post.

  • Simple and very well stated! I think this should be read by those who are planning to lose weight especially for starters because this would really help them. Jumping to overly complicated matters would just confuse them along the way unless they have someone to guide them. And I totally agree that the best exercise program would be the one you can totally stick to throughout your losing weight struggle.

  • For losing the weight the two main things are exercising and dieting.
    In exercising cardio exercises are more effective for losing the weight. The exercises such as jogging, running, swimming, and cycling burn the fat more quickly and shape up the body.
    In diet you should focus on raw vegetarian foods and avoid more fat, fried foods, and fast foods.

  • Well I would say Weight loss is depend on the two things . One is Proper Exercise and Other is Diet food . You may take different exercises like , Aerobic ,Running, Yoga Swimming for weight loss and Then you also take care in diet which includes fat free foods such as fruits and vegetables . In this way to might lose weight .

  • A good diet and nutrition are key components that will determine how successful you are in your weight loss program. Training without proper nutrition is like rowing against the current. At best, you would remain on the same place or even move forward a little bit, but in the end, you get nowhere. 

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