Using Exercise to Overcome Obesity

Exercise is an important part of overcoming obesity. There are many ways to exercise. It is important to start small and gradually increase intensity so as not to injure yourself.

First, you have to decide if you want to focus on cardio or strength training. Because of its focus on fat burning, those who are obese are often encouraged to focus on cardio initially. Cardio workouts raise the heart rate so that the body is able to burn fat efficiently. Strength training focuses on building muscle, which increases the amount of fat burn while you are resting. Because they complement each other, most exercise programs incorporate both strength training and cardio.

Because a trip to the gym can be intimidating, many choose to exercise from the comfort of their own home. You can use equipment as simple as milk jug or soup cans for weight to an in-home gym that can often be purchased for a reasonable price. A recumbent bike is a good investment when beginning a workout regimen because it is gentle on the knee joints. An exercise ball is also a good investment. The ball can be used to increase balance, stability, and abdominal strength. After becoming comfortable with the exercise ball, you can move on to more advanced moves that provide a total body workout.
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The Difference Between Obesity and Being Overweight

The obesity rate in America is rising. With so much talk about this epidemic, many are confused about the difference between being obese and being overweight. Is it the better to be overweight or obese? Is there really a difference? Although both can have adverse effects on health, there is a difference between being overweight and being obese.

The difference lies in just how much extra weight you are caring around. This is most easily measured by calculating your body mass index. The body mass index is a calculation that involves dividing your weight (in kilograms) by your height (in meters) squared. A person who is has a body mass index between 25 and 29.9 is categorized as overweight. Obesity is classified as a BMI of 30 and above. This means that a person is more than 20 percent above their normal weight. Morbid obesity is a body mass index of over 40 or being 50% to 100% above normal weight.

It is important to note that a person with a high body index may not necessarily be overweight or obese. An athlete or bodybuilder will have a high BMI because of a high percentage of muscle mass as opposed to a high percentage of fat, which an elevated BMI traditionally indicates.

There are several possible causes that lead to being overweight or obese. Usually weight sneaks up on you while you’re trying to take care of a family or deal with the latest life crises. A combination of poor food choices along with an absence of physical activity contributes to weight gain. Other factors that contribute to obesity are age, gender, genetics, medication, emotional issues, and medication.

A person has to be overweight before they become obese. If you are overweight, it is important to take steps now to gain control of your weight so that you do not become obese. It will be easier to get those 30 pounds off now than it will be to get off 60 pounds a year from now. For an obese person, getting to overweight status is a good thing. It is a step in the right direction and can be a motivation to keep up the hard work to get back down to a healthy weight. Often losing the weight involves a lifestyle change that is easier to plan than it is to put into action. It is hard work, but the results are well worth the effort.

The Weight Loss Plan: An Idiots Guide

A good weight loss plan is one that not only loses you weight but also helps you to keep it that way. Everyone knows that you either burn out more calories than you consume or you eat fewer calories than your daily calorie expenditure. Straightforward yes? I shall thus expound on the two-pronged approach of watching your diet and your exercise in this weight loss plan.

Your first step in your weight loss plan is that you pay attention to your meals. First: three square meals are a no go if you are not a construction worker. Instead the adage of six light meals is advised if you want to keep a trim figure. Eat till you are seventy percent full so that your digestive system will not be overloaded. You are not on a diet if you are going to eat till you burst on all six meals. For efficient digestion and thus a trim figure, your tummy needs a warm and ideal temperature and your digestive juices the right pH value. To prevent havoc on my digestion, I do not drink cold or soft drinks with my meals. This is because drinking such drinks lowers your internal temperature and changes the pH value of your gastric juices.

Lastly, you need to work that booty if you want to shed that weight. You could choose to hit the gym as building muscle mass not only cuts you a trim and lean figure, it burns your fat twenty-four hours of the day (hurray!). However, if the idea of gaining muscles irks you, then by all means, do aerobic activities instead. Go out for a walk after dinner to burn off the extra calories accumulated throughout the day. No discipline? Sign up for a class. Putting your money into a yoga or aerobics class is sure to send you scuttling out your exercise sessions if sheer will power to carry out your weight loss plan is not good enough
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The Sonoma Diet and the Mediterranean Diet: How alike are they really?

Believe it or not there are two diets out there where you could lose weight without counting calories, or giving up carbs. This is the basis behind the Sonoma Diet.

The Sonoma diet claims to be structured after the Mediterranean Diet but geared more toward weight loss results. In fact some people even confuse the two diets and think of them as one and the same, but there are a few key differences.

While both promote portion control, calorie control and believe in the theory that good food should be enjoyed, the similarities stop there. Yes you can eat carbs on both diets, but the Sonoma Diet is structured similar to Atkins and South Beach. Instead of being called phases though, the Sonoma diet refers to it as Waves. Wave 1 is designed to kick your sugar habit and forbids fruit or alcohol for ten days. Most people experience rapid waste loss in those first ten days and that usually motivates them to stay on wave one longer than they should.
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The Low Carb Lifestyle

For almost the past decade we have been hearing the phrase “living the low carb life”. Many people have been losing weight by joining the low carb movement by following either the Atkins Diet or the South Beach Diet. Both of these diets have become so popular that you can not even go to a supermarket without seeing products specifically designed for them. So how do you know which of them is right for you? Both of these diets are the same but they are also very different.
For starters they both consist of three phases. A strict induction phase which should only last for two weeks. You will lose a dramatic amount of weight in those first two weeks because most carbs are forbidden. Due to this rapid weight lost, you might want to stay on the diet for longer than the recommended two weeks. After you complete this stage, both Atkins and South Beach have a second stage that will start reintroducing carbs into your life. This is meant to be the stage you are on until you lose all the weight you want. The last stage is what they both refer to as a maintenance stage. This last stage is the stage that will be followed once you have reached your goal weight.
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Jenny Craig

Anyone who has not seen the miraculous transformation that Kirstie Ally has gone through on Jenny Craig must have been living on a different planet than the rest of us. Her trademark phrase “Have you called Jenny Yet?” has sent millions of dieters scrambling for their phone.

There are many reasons why Jenny Craig is becoming everyone’s favorite person to call, and one of the biggest reasons is because it is so simple to follow. Jenny Craig is part of the “meals to go” diet plans out there. The biggest rival Jenny Craig has is Nutrisystem.
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How to Find the Right Diet

If you were to Google the word diet or anything to do with diet, do you have any idea how many results would come up? You would find the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Biggest Loser Diet and so many more. There are a huge amount of different types of diets out there today. From low carb, to low fat, to even diets where the food is delivered to your door. How can you tell which one is right for you?
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