What Do You Need To Do To Lose Weight?

By Howe Russ

If you are one of the many thousands of people trying to figure out how to lose weight safely and effectively, you'll be pleased to read today's post. We are going to focus on the main areas where people go wrong and show you four or five simple, proven steps to building a leaner, fitter you

Many people get lost in the sea of information surrounding how to diet and, as a result of all the conflicting information out there, they never fully commit to their quest to drop some unwanted pounds.

We have become so used to this mass confusion that we would now rather spend time looking for expensive, complex solutions when the truth is the old basics still work the best.

We don't have any products to ask you to buy, so what you are going to see in today's post are proven, easy to follow rules which have been validated by years of scientific studies.

Here are the three fundamental rules to a good diet.

* You must know where to get your calories from.

* Exercise is your diet's best friend.

* Half of the battle against the bulge is just learning how to avoid temptation.

Most people have no idea how much to eat. In order to consume the right amount of calories per day simply take your goal body weight in pounds and multiply by twelve.

Most people who struggle to get rid of their belly are shocked to discover that they are actually under-eating. Like we said, it's not about how much you eat it's about where you get it from.

The most important step in your diet is splitting your calories between protein, fat and carbohydrates. Despite popular belief, you should never cut one of these nutrients out of your diet and if you do it'll only cause a negative outcome. A great split for your calories is 40% from carbohydrate sources, 20% from fats and 40% from protein rich foods.

When it comes to exercise you will be pleased to hear that the gym has evolved since the days of prescribing massive cardiovascular exercise sessions on the treadmill. Science now knows that shorter, high intensity exercise sessions will help you to burn more calories and will take less time to complete.

Furthermore, do not be afraid to use weights. This one applies mainly to women, many of whom still subscribe to the old myth that weights will only make you muscular. Think about that for a moment. If it were really true, then every man you saw at the gym would look like Sylvester Stallone! Weights will help you to burn even more calories as well as tone your muscles.

A recent survey showed that people came off the rails of their diet plan the most when they were at their job midway through a tough shift. The combination of the easy access to junk food and the fact that they hadn't prepared any meals usually led them to undo all the good results they had worked hard to achieve thus far. Bear this in mind, protein has far less impact on fat storage than any other nutrient.

Feel free to make up a few protein rich snacks for your day of work. This will help you to stay away from the vending machine and continue getting results even when you're not in the gym.

You no longer need to wonder how to lose weight effectively because today's three steps have actually told you the answer. It may have been a lot easier than you thought it was going to be, too. Usually if you ask somebody for advice on how to build muscle you will be met with a bunch of similar over complicated answers, so our next post will focus on that topic for you.

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