At this time of year, people, both men and women, tend to put on some excess weight due to the holidays and a generally lower activity level during the winter months. That's the bad news but what can be done about it? You've been through it before... before you know it, summer arrives and suddenly the bathing suit doesn't fit like it used to. But this time, you are thinking ahead and you decide you are going to shed those excess pounds while you still have time to do so. The question is, how exactly do you do that?
Fortunately, there are several top weight loss guides on the market to help you with the challenge. But which one do you choose? Does it matter? The truth is, everyone is different and because of that, what works for one person might not work for you. You might find it helpful to read some reviews of the various weight loss guides out there before you spend your money.
In general, weight loss guides fall into one of three categories:
Exercise, weight-training and physical fitness regimens - the idea here being to burn fat calories and possibly to increase muscle mass at the same time, depending on the type of exercise you are doing. For example, with aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, dancing, etc.) you are targeting fat burning vs. weight-training where your focus is on building muscle mass which increases your body's capacity to burn fat and do it more efficiently. Generally, you lose weight if your calories burned exceeds your calories consumed, particularly with aerobic exercise. Since muscle tissue is more dense than fat tissue, you may look more lean and mean but not necessarily reduce your weight that much if you are predominantly doing weight-training. Dieting or food choice changes - here the focus is on changing the types of food you eat, such as restricting foods that are high in fat content or restricting carbohydrates that convert to fat if not consumed by your daily activity level. Counting calories and restricting caloric intake of any kind below the level your body normally consumes is a method that also falls into this category. Resolving health conditions that prevent normal weight loss - an impacted bowel for example is very common and often responsible for an individual to carry around an extra 10 to 20 pounds of fecal matter (yuk!). Another example might be a chemical or hormonal imbalance, possibly due to a glandular problem, that inhibits your body from metabolizing your food properly and you gain weight no matter what you eat or how much you exercise.
Your doctor can help you with that last one and it is always advisable to check with your doctor anyway before starting on any kind of weight loss regimen. The first two however, are often a matter of personal choice so if, for example, you hate to exercise, you are more likely to consider some kind of eating program to lose weight. For others, they don't want to be bothered with keeping careful track of what they eat and how often, so stepping up the exercise routines or trying some new form of exercise might be just the right thing. Either one will work to some degree, but most weight loss experts will tell you that you need to do both to be the most successful in taking off excess weight and keeping it off.
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