So as the topic implies, there is a right way to lose weight and a wrong way to lose weight. Different people may have different reasons for wanting to lose weight. Whether it is to be healthier, to look better, to fit into a dress, etc. Whatever your reason this article will help you get to your goal in the healthiest way possible.
The Wrong way to Lose Weight
So most people tend to want to lose weight at a rapid rate. This is not the healthiest way to lose weight and here is why. Your weight is made up of Fat, Muscle (fat-free mass) and water. When a person tries to lose weight rapidly, they end up losing water and muscle faster than fat. When you lose muscle you look flabby and when you lose water you look wrinkly. So someone on a rapid weight loss program ends up looking more sick than healthy. Based on a body composition analysis, which shows how much of your weight is fat, how much muscle and how much is water, most people starting a weight loss program are low in muscle and water, so to lose even more is very unhealthy.
The Right way to Lose Weight
There needs to be an understanding that the excessive weight you may have did not come on overnight. It took years to get to the point it is at right now. So patience is a quality that is required to lose weight healthily. Whatever weight you want to get to should be done in a healthy manner. Which means there should be a healthy balance between the fat, muscle and water. Depending on the individual, whether male or female, having a large, medium or small frame, etc, the composition of fat to muscle to water will be different. There are some general guidelines though and they are as follows:
Women should have 80% muscle weight, 65% water weight and not carry more than 25% body fat
Men should have 85% muscle weight, 60% water weight and not carry more than 20% body fat
What is the next Step?
The first step is knowing where you stand by doing a Fat Loss Assessment. This assessment will let you know what your proper balance of fat, muscle, and water should be based on your height, frame, and age.
A healthy diet is a critical part of engaging a weight loss program. You don’t want to be putting a lot of hard work into losing weight and not getting anywhere.
Consistent exercise is also a very important part of a healthy weight loss program. It is important that there be a combination of both cardiovascular and resistance exercise.
Hydration is the final piece to the puzzle. Without proper hydration, you will not be able to build muscle properly, and with all the sweating that takes place when you exercise, you will be losing a lot of fluids. The average amount of water you should be drinking is half your body weight in ounces. If you are 150 lbs, divide 150 by 2 (150/2= 75). This means a 150 lbs person should be drinking a minimum of 75 ounces of water daily.
As with anything that is beneficial to our well being, getting to a healthy weight is going to take discipline. Scheduling your time properly will help ensure you stick to the changes you need to make in order to accomplish your goal. Get someone to go on this healthy path with you. Having someone to encourage and push you can go a long way. These changes should not be for a period of time though. You should purpose in your heart to make these changes a part of your lifestyle. Make this year the year you become a healthier you.