Natural weight loss for most people is not easy because to be successful you need willpower, determined effort and, above all, patience.
It’s very easy to feel intimidated when you first begin your natural weight loss diet. There is so much conflicting advice available on the internet these days that it’s difficult to know where to start. Especially when new diet plans, weight loss pills and diet meals are continually thrust in front of you on your television and computer screens.
The truth is, there are some very basic dieting rules that when followed will give you the natural weight loss results you are looking for. There is no greater motivator than seeing positive results.
Natural weight loss is best done gradually. Ideally weight reduction should be planned on a gradual, steady basis resulting in permanent loss and a stabilized weight. Unfortunately most overweight people think in terms of taking off x number of pounds for a special event or purpose in the shortest amount of time. This approach can seriously harm your health and lead to yo-yo dieting.
The first thing you should do for natural weight loss, especially if you’re new to dieting, is start a food journal. Write down all of the foods that you eat each day, what times you eat them and how many calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat grams are contained in them. This will help you to see exactly what you’re eating each day and what changes you need to make to maximize the effects of your natural weight loss.
The next thing your should do is analyze how active you are. Do you have a sit down job? Or are you on your feet all day? Do you do strenuous activities or are you sitting or standing still most of the time?
An analogy is to see your body as a machine and the food you eat as fuel. If you consistently add 10 litres of fuel daily and your machine only burns 8 litres a day then your tank is going to overflow unless you find somewhere else to store the excess fuel. This is exactly what your body does.
When it comes to natural weight loss the option is not always to cut down on the amount of food you eat especially if you are already consuming fewer calories than you should be. This is where many people become confused.
Certainly you should cut out all empty calories such as sugar and all refined carbohydrates like white flour, white bread, pastries, biscuits, cakes etc. In fact anything that is manmade. But remember – your body requires vitamins, minerals and nutrients to keep it healthy.
Your body is very similar to a complex machine and achieving controlled natural weight loss whilst still delivering all of the required nutrients is a fine balancing act you will need to master.
So let’s say you’ve cut out all the bad calories and upped your activity levels. Now you should see some natural weight loss. Right? Wrong!
Look again at the analogy. Now you are consistently adding 8 litres of fuel a day and your machine is burning 9 litres a day. There is going to be a point where your machine will run out of fuel and have to ‘borrow’ it from elsewhere. But, and it’s a big but, if you’re not eating the right foods then you’re going to come unstuck.
Your body needs a good supply of slow release complex carbohydrates to keep energy levels up; if you do not give your body enough good quality carbohydrates then it will substitute by “borrowing” from your muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails and internal organs.
Instead of natural weight loss this will result in muscle wastage, anemia, dull skin, dry brittle hair, cracked or split flaky nails and general health problems. Muscle wastage is also the reason why some consistent dieters end up being skinny fat. The fat deposits stay but the weight you do lose will be from your muscles and muscle tone.
For natural weight loss you need to eat plenty of slow release complex carbohydrates for your body to burn for energy. You also need good quality protein to maintain and build muscles as well as keeping your blood, skin, hair, nails and internal organs healthy.