Exercise and Healthy Eating to Lose Weight - Is It Really Enough?

by Lillian Whitaker

If you're trying to lose weight, it might be time for a more drastic change.


When we think about dieting most of us only focus on healthy eating and exercise as the answer to our problems but recent studies show that these two things alone are not enough. There is an underlying reason why some people succeed at losing weight through their new lifestyle changes while others struggle with the same amount of success even when they follow all instructions perfectly: The difference lies in what your genes say about how much fat should remain on your body! Read More...


Forget about dieting and exercise for a moment. There are many reasons why someone might put on some weight, which is to be expected in the natural course of life. So what if you're carrying an extra five pounds or so? It's nothing that can't be dealt with later!


But this isn't just your typical "later." When it comes to things like exercising and eating healthy, there are two important words: 'and' and 'or.' Those who find themselves finding their too heavy should start thinking more seriously about both overall health as well as maintaining fitness levels now rather than waiting until they have gained even more weight from not paying attention early enough.


Fad diets seem to come out every day. They all make bold claims, and one of the most common claims is that the particular weight loss plan is the easiest ever. All you need to do is follow some contrived plan of eating the right food at the right time; and the wackier, the better! You may actually be able to lose weight by following these diets, but it's not because of the gimmick the plan uses. Allow me to explain.


There is only one way to lose weight: you have to burn more calories than you take in. Every fad diet is nothing more than a clever variation on this very basic fact. They will often go out of their way to disguise it. That way they can suck more people in by tricking them into thinking the fad diet offers something new. Now, that's not to say all diets are bad; their not. A lot of them really work, and some are even designed for the long term. However, it's still a case of of taking in fewer calories than you burn.


It is a common misconception that if you eat right and exercise, then weight loss will happen more easily. As it turns out, there are two ways to lose weight: one way relies on the body's natural tendency toward fat storage; while another method requires an individual exerts themselves in order to burn calories faster than they take them in from food intake alone.


A simple rule to keep in mind is that 3,500 calories equals 1 pound. Therefore, if you can get rid of an extra 500 calories per day, you will lose 1 pound per week. That may not sound like a lot, but it adds up to 52 pounds in year's time. However, losing that amount per week isn't very motivating. But if you take in 500 fewer calories per day through proper diet, and burn 500 more calories each day through exercise, then you can lose 2 pounds per week, or just over 100 pounds within a year. Sounding better?


Which particular diets or exercise programs you follow isn't all that important (as long as they aren't too crazy). Also, remember to check with your doctor before starting any program of exercise and healthy eating to lose weight. Once you get going, you will be amazed at just how quickly the pounds start to melt off. It's up to you whether you want to tell your jealous friends about your weight loss secret.