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50 Ways To Lose Weight: Simple Truths about Fat Loss & Muscle Tone

  • Written by  George Robichaud
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Diet is important, but so is exercise if you want to lose weight. Diet is important, but so is exercise if you want to lose weight.

 

This article is not about what you think. It’s not yet another 50 ways of melting the pounds away. So can we just keep our pieholes closed until we get this calorie-free advice that will actually help us lose weight?

One in three people is overweight in this part of the world. Strategies for losing weight are splashed over the covers of wellness and fitness publications everywhere, claiming everything from the practical to the ridiculous. Fat loss is a multibillion-dollar industry in North America alone. And it centers on the perennial premise that some magical combination of the foods we eat will determine how much weight we will lose. So why is no one losing weight?

Foods consist of calories—that’s the skinny on that one. And calories are a unit of energy that has to be dissipated or stored on the body as fat. So there are two choices for losing weight: Eat like a bird to accommodate a lack of exercise, or exercise more to accommodate the amount of calories we are taking in. Expending calories is the only way of losing calories once they are on the body. When we diet, our body gradually draws from the calorie reservoir until we have burned off everything stored. This simple truth is a diet industry-buster.

Diet without exercise is a non-starter. It’s a bad idea to begin with. There is so much more to a healthy body than just being at an ideal weight.

Much like the myriad of fitness programs out there, all exercises are based on the same set of principles, but are packaged in an endless array of combinations in order to sell health and fitness products. If you apply resistance to your muscles, they will respond by becoming more shapely, firmer and stronger. You could theoretically apply these principles to lifting rocks and logs in the woods on an improvised routine.

So is there really a dietary panacea for weight loss? Absolutely not! The human body does not understand marketing ploys. It only operates on a strict set of biological rules. Sure, there are things one can eat that marginally aid in the process of weight loss, but burning more calories than one takes in is the only formula that will work. All the fancy diet programs in the world will not help one lose a single ounce of fat if this formula is not applied. One could lose it on chocolate bars and ice cream for all your body cares (although these foods would not provide much nutritive value)—as long as more energy is going out than is coming in.

Diet without exercise is a non-starter. It’s a bad idea to begin with. There is so much more to a healthy body than just being at an ideal weight. Muscle tone and cardiovascular heath are equally important, not to mention the feeling of vitality and accomplishment that goes with the discipline of a regular exercise regimen.

There must be 50 ways to leave your blubber, but only one way to lose weight in a sustainable way. So make a new plan, Stan, and get yourself free.

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