There is a very popular adage that you are what you eat. If taken literally, this will sound funny as you can never really look like food. But if you are going to read it not that literally, it will tell you that what you are now – the state of your mind and body – is a reflection of your food choice. So, taking a look at yourself right now, ask yourself: Are you healthy or do you need to shed off weight?
At present, losing weight is a common problem of a lot of people across the globe. If you are going to be technical about it, there is a way to measure how much weight you have to lose or gain. You will need to count your calorie intake. It is not really a difficult kind of math. It can be something you can learn if you would really like to track how much you are taking in.
Imagine: you lose half a kilo from your weight each week. That is, if you can burn 500 calories. However, the amount of calories that you burn is not the same for all individuals. It can depend on your gender, age, and most of all, your physical activities. Now, as from cutting down the calories from your diet, you can also effectively lose them when you exercise.
As a guide, you can lose weight through the following exercises: 70 minutes of general aerobics, 45 minutes of moderate running, 35 minutes of running rigorously, 55 minutes of moderate cycling and 45 minutes of cycling rigorously. Other exercises can include walking, playing basketball, tennis, swimming, rowing, playing golf and so much more. Did you know that you can also lose weight by simply doing your household chores?
The point here is, you can do strenuous activities such as sports, or mild activities such as walking and, still, you can burn calories. However, keep in mind that in order to burn enough calories, you should do this for a certain period of time. You can start with walking, then proceed to a walk-jog and then sometimes engage into some type of sport. Gradually increasing your exertion levels will not only help your body build up endurance – it will also strengthen your muscles and build up your immune system. Now that would give you a good defense against illnesses.
However, excited as you are to see the results, you should never burn yourself out. Do not overdo your exercises. Stick to the recommended minutes and little by little, increase it if you feel your body is ready for it. You may overdo your routines today but your body may not be ready for such hard work. In the long run, much as you would like to do more exercises, your body will just not be able to cooperate with you.
You might be surprised that the most challenging or even daunting thing to do when it comes to losing weight is taking that first move. Just engage yourself with an inner dialogue that this is for the best – so you become a healthier and and more productive person. Also, you should tell yourself that losing weight will show that you can discriminate yourself. Now that is a huge reward already.