2013: The Year You Lose The Weight!!! (Part One)

I have been inspired.

 The 2nd part of my interview with my friend Keshia was all about weight loss. If you missed it here is the link for it. I strongly encourage you to read it (and then come back to this article).  If you have never made a commitment to lose weight to start out your new year, 2013 needs to be the year you make it happen. 

 Most people won’t do it because they have either seen or heard friends and family members try and (unfortunately) fail at completing their weight loss goals. I realize this can be quite discouraging and may cause you to not commit for fear of failure. Don’t let this happen to you. Every journey requires a definite starting point. 

 You want to lose the weight. You CAN lose the weight. You want to lose your holiday belly fat, but you’re not sure how to start.  How does one pound at a time sound?

There are approximately 3,500 calories in one pound of fat. In theory, if you cut back or work off just 3,500 calories, you may lose up to an entire pound of fat! It is entirely possible to cut back on your caloric intake and increase your exercise regimen in order to lose pounds quickly. 

Please note that physicians almost unanimously agree that you should strive to lose no more than two pounds of weight per week in order to ensure that your body properly adjusts to the weight loss.

Here are a couple tips to help you safely drop 3,500 calories or 1 pound of weight from your regular routine:

·  Running---for the health of it

Running for about 1 hour at a moderate pace may help you lose approximately 350 calories, depending on your body type, speed and terrain.  If you run for one hour five days a week while maintaining a consistent diet, you may safely lose one pound.

It's important to note that many runners will eat pasta and other foods high in carbohydrates after running in order to compensate for their energy exertion. Some runners believe that because they worked out so hard, they deserve a treat. After all, they justify, the pasta will help to keep their energy levels high.

However, what they may not realize is that while they are justified in thinking that the carbohydrates will infuse their workout routine with energy, they are not actually setting their bodies up to lose weight. When you burn 350 calories but intake 450 over a high-carbohydrate pasta dish, you are adding more calories to your body than you otherwise would have.

Running does, however, help to boost our metabolism and enhances muscle tone so that our bodies burn calories more efficiently. However, instead of inhaling a pasta dish after a run, try a large salad and splurge for the carbohydrate-rich croutons.

These are just a handful of ideas that I am sharing with you to help you on your way. 

What do you do to help lose the unwanted pounds?

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