Weight Loss

What causes a person to be overweight? Two common reasons for being overweight is eating too much and not being active enough. If you eat more calories than your body burns up, the extra calories are stored as fat. Everyone has some stored fat. But too much fat results in being overweight. Losing weight helps you feel better and makes it easier to be more active.

There is intentional weight loss and then there is therapeutic weight loss. Intentional weight loss refers to intentionally reducing total body mass to improve fitness and enhance appearance. People who have a few extra pounds who commit to tackling lifestyle issues are usually successful with weight loss. A key motivator to intentional weight loss is the desire to feel great or change appearance.

Push Ups on the Beach
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Therapeutic weight loss falls into a more life saving category. Therapeutic weight loss is a classification for individuals who are overweight but who fall into any number of high risk health categories. Weight loss helps people to feel capable of more activity. Weight loss success supports the success of an increased dietary commitment. The ultimate pay off being improved health results which can gradually over time, be substantial. It has been scientifically proven that healthy weight loss can support and improve longevity for at risk individuals with medical conditions such as:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • osteoarthritis
  • and, certain types of cancer

According to the government released “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” people that achieve and manage a healthy weight do so more successfully by being continuously committed. By only eating the calories that meet your needs and which correspond with your physical activity you will have successful weight loss.

Low Calorie Weight Loss Salad
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Being disciplined about calorie intake and physical activity is tough to do at first. With persistence for a daily goal of improved health AND improved appearance healthy weight loss will significantly improve your quality of life.

If you need to lose weight and you want to find a weight loss program to help you, look for one that is based on regular physical activity and an eating plan that is balanced, healthy, and easy to follow. Weight loss programs should encourage healthy behaviors that help you lose weight and that you can stick with every day.


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