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Starting a Weight loss Diet

According to the Centers for Disease Control, during the past 25 years there has been a dramatic increase of obesity in the the United States. In 2010 no state had obesity percentages less than 20%. Thirty-six states had a rate that was 25% are more. Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia tipped the scales at 30% or more. That being said, we are in a real pickle when it comes to our weight.

You are aware, just like the rest of us, that it is better to be at your optimum weight. That is within your BMI scale. I will not assume everyone knows what a BMI is. BMI stands for body mass index, and I have it here. To find your BMI just pick out your height from the chart and your current weight. If your BMI is at 25 or more, then you are considered overweight. If it is significantly more than 25 you will be considered obese. Therefore we should keep our weight in the range of at least 19 and at most 25.

I am not going to kid you. Losing weight is often hard. If you can last for three days then it gets easier. It doesn't take willpower, but focus-power. It is so easy to stray off the diet. Yes, I said diet, thereby breaking the cardinal rule of eating right. When push comes to shove it is easier for some people to use the words 'lifestyle change, routine', and everything else but diet. Diet is not a bad word. For some the word means commitment, but sometimes commitments seems like constraints. And we don't want to be constrained. It's like using the word marriage to a confirmed bachelor. But a diet doesn't mean being tied down to something: it's not an 'old ball and chain' at all. It means freedom. It means we are adjusting to a code of conduct when it comes to food. We are not addicts. We have willingly subscribed to a standard of living that precludes certain types and amounts of foods.

Don't be afraid to try something new or to try dieting again. A new diet is like trying on a new coat. We try diets out to see if it fits. Just because you stopped a regimen before doesn't mean you have failed. It just means the coat didn't fit. Don't give up: pretty soon you will find a diet that fits you.

Weight loss programs comes down to this: your energy output has to be more than your energy input. To gain one pound you would have to eat and retain 3500 calories. In some manuals calories are called, kcal or energy. To lose a pound you would have to expend 3500 ckal or calories of energy. This may take a day, a week or much longer. It really depends on your caloric intake and expenditure, sex, and metabolism. For example, if you usually consume 3000 calories a day, but today you work off 2000 in your daily activities, and if you continue to consume 3000 but expend 2000 calories a day for seven days; in one week you will have expended 14,000 ckal. It will equal to a total of 4 pounds lost or 14,000 kcals of energy burned. Dramatic weight loss depends on your sex, present weight, energy expenditure, and your calorie intake. Say you are a morbidly obese male who weighs 400 lbs, not pleasant, but follow me. A morbidly obese but comely female who also weighs 400 lbs challenges you to a weight-loss duel. Since men are more muscular, you will lose significantly more weight at a significantly faster pace than your hefty but comely female challenger. But the both of you would win at losing weight in a short time when pitted against a person that is only five to ten pounds overweight. But as your weight levels off and you are close to your ideal weight, then you will lose weight at a slower pace. This is called plateauing.

When starting a weight-loss diet, the first thing you will need to do is consult your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to start a new weight-loss and exercise regimen. If your doctor gives you permission, and if it is possible to start moving more than you do now, just do it. If you are morbidly obese you can practice by walking a block or two, take an additional trip up the stairs, park farther from the store when shopping. There are lots of way to get in more exercise. Just do more. As you become more adept at your activities you should choose an activity that is a tad more difficult. Walk around the block. Try to work your self up to 2000 steps: there are around 2000 footsteps in a mile and 10000 steps in 5 miles. Once you can move about without much difficulty you will feel better. Starting a diet while feeling good will give you a good start on changing your eating habits.

This will show you where you are.

*To get a better gauge of your BMR I have given you a link.

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