The Law of Weight Loss

Many people who become interested in the process of losing weight tend to gravitate to the main areas that attract the most interest. These are diet and exercise because they know that one or other or a combination of the two when applied correctly will result in a reduction in a person's weight.

But there is a little more to the process that actually complies with a physical law and when you really get to understand this law, you will see that losing weight is no more difficult than compliance to a set of rules, or law.

Physical Constraints

weight loss lawThe physical law in this instance is a relatively simple law that most people concerned with weight management already know in some form or other. The problem is that most people miss the simple, yet huge importance of the physical factor governing this law.

This law can be revealed in one simple, yet far reaching and almost profound statement. That statement is:

"When a person's body uses up more calories through work than it accumulates through ingestion, then that person must lose weight."

"Yes, we all know that," any person might exclaim, and they would be right. But how many people truly grasp the underlying and far reaching message that statement conveys?

How many people who are overweight will try and fail to lose the excess, then claim that they can't lose weight because they have a medical condition of some kind that prevents their body from losing any weight? How many overweight people will swear that they only eat a small amount of food so how could they possibly even be overweight?

No More Excuses

The excuses are many and extremely varied. But the truth of the matter is that they are merely excuses and none of them are based in absolute truth. The simple fact of the matter is governed by physical law and that law says that a person cannot be overweight if they are not consuming more calories than they are burning.

The physics is immutable because it is governed by the laws of mass which state that you cannot create something out of nothing. So when someone says that they hardly eat a thing yet they are overweight, either they are lying, or they have such a slow metabolism that their bodies are not burning the calories that even their apparently meagre consumption of food is providing them with.

In the latter case, there is much a person can do in order to set things on the right path. The basis for that improvement is in increasing the metabolic rate and that can be done by a number of things. Exercise is the best metabolism booster because it forces the body to do more work than it does when you are just sitting still all day.

The science behind this amazing phenomenon is actually pretty simple to understand.

Exercise: The Physical Fuel Burner

When you do any form of exercise over and above what your body would do when motionless (because even when motionless the body burns some calories to keep it alive) you engage muscles to do the work and those muscles require fuel. That fuel comes from the body's supply of stored energy which in the first instance is the burnable sugars that are dissolved in the bloodstream (glucose etc) and when that gets depleted, the body processes a proportion of its store of fat into more sugars to keep feeding the working muscles with fuel, or if you like, energy.

Without energy, muscles cannot work and without fuel, the energy cannot be supplied to those muscles. The body takes the calories it has to convert into that fuel and those calories come from the sugars contained in the food that person consumes.

The harder and longer the muscles spend working, the more fuel is consumed until a point is reached when it must be replaced through eating more food which the body processes to extract the sugars it needs for immediate fuel along with all the other nutrients it needs to keep working such as proteins to build new cells. This includes muscles, which are made stronger though repeated exercise. The more massive the muscles become, the more fuel they need to do the work they are forced to do through further exercise.

Work on Reducing the Fat Storehouse

All the while, the prolonged, repeated exercise causes the body to keep taking all the extra fuel it needs from the body's store of fat, so that over time, that fat store will become depleted to the point where the body takes on a slim, toned and fit appearance. Physical weight loss is a part of that process although just by exercise alone that process can be a lengthy one, depending upon what the person eats.

If they keep eating too much, or a lot of the wrong foods, they may find they are consuming so many calories that it takes a long time to deplete the body's store of fat because the muscles can only burn so many calories at each session of exercise.

So eating a health diet is the essential other half of the story to enable a person to lose weight effectively. As long as that diet is healthy in that it contains all the nutrients necessary for good health and is moderate to low in sugars (to keep things simple, all burnable sugars are referred to as sugars), while being sufficiently high in proteins to promote muscle growth, then the rate of weight lost can be increased considerably.

This all boils down to the simple facts that as long as you are burning more calories than you are consuming, then weight loss will occur. The rate of weight lost will depend on the size of the gap between calories in and calories out, with more weight being lost in direct proportion to the increase in the body's calorie deficit.

This differential in body mass is governed by law and that law is exact as it is incontrovertible. This means that as long as you adhere to this law, you cannot remain overweight, although the rate of weight reduction will be dependent on individual circumstances.

Most Important Weight Loss Tip

It may come as no real surprise to you that tips and advice come in a huge variety of types, styles and variations so it's important to keep abreast of what is currently accepted as the best of the bunch. While listing all the best of the best will still take up far more than a single article can reasonably accommodate, but let's continue with the most salient points and I will add more information on those points in their own dedicated articles.

So here are the most important of all the tips that are currently accepted as being the most useful to anyone who is determined to lose weight.

Diet Combined with Exercise

First of all, it probably goes without saying that a combination of a person's diet with the amount of exercise they get plays the most important role in determining whether they will ultimately gain weight. The current epidemic of obesity that is over running the United States and other western countries is a direct result of a more sedentary lifestyle coupled with a huge rise in the consumption of junk food.

So the first of the most important weight loss tip that can be given to anyone is that they really should take a step back and scrutinize their current lifestyle, from the amount of exercise they are getting on a daily basis to what they are eating and drinking. This is the law of weight loss and such a basic and fundamental aspect of anyone's health, you are probably wondering why it is even being mentioned.

But the sad truth is that while so many people know this is the prime area to work on with regards to their own health and weight maintenance, they choose to ignore it or put it off until another day in the misguided hope that it will sort itself out.

Making the Decision to Make the Change

Of course, the only way that any weight problems are going to be sorted out is by the person making a conscious decision to do something about it themselves, because let's face it, nobody else is going to, or can, do it for you! Only you have the power to make the changes necessary for you to lose weight and regain your body's peak level of health and fitness.

Left to their own devices, the aspects of the current lifestyle will only drag them deeper into the problem. To make a change for the better, they have to make that change happen by action.

So in reality, the most powerful of all pieces of advice that anyone can be given is that they should take action for themselves by making a conscious effort to improve their diet while taking some form of daily exercise. Then they must ensure that they burn more calories than they consume every day.

It's Simple with Food

The rules here are simple. A good diet> will ensure that your body only gets the nutrients it needs and is not filled up with a load of rubbish. High calorie, high sugar and high saturated fat laden foods and drinks will lead to the body converting that food into fats for storage unless that body is doing sufficient exercise to burn off all the excess calories.

Foods and drinks high in artificial additives such as sweeteners, colourings and flavourings are highly likely to lead to cell damage that ultimately only gets your health balance in a tangle and can lead to illness. Also, foods high in these additives, which are mostly found in processed foods, can also lead to more feelings of hunger and food cravings causing you to eat more than you need, which also leads to weight gain unless you are doing enough exercise to burn off all the excess calories that you consume.

So you see, this is the greatest and most important of all tips for losing weight, because by balancing the food you consume with exercise that you undertake creates a body that is in balance, where there is no weight gain and only good health and fitness.

Walking to Lose Weight

weight loss walkingThere are plenty of exercises you can do in order to lose some of that excess weight but you need to do the ones that will cause your body to burn fat. Actually, that means any exercise as long as it's strenuous enough and you do it for long enough.

One such exercise, which often surprises people, is walking!

That's right, walking can lead to fat burning as long as it's done the right way and for a long enough period of time. Here's how to do it so that it makes a difference without wearing you out.

No Need to Plan Just Make it Interesting

You don't need to plan a particular route, but of you can include some inclines up or down or both, then you will get more benefit from this. Start your walk at a brisk pace, faster than your normal walking speed but still comfortable for you.

You will need to keep this pace up for the duration of your walk if you can. You also need to time your walk so that you are going continuously for more than 20 minutes, although longer is better. I'll tell you why later.

When you are walking, be aware of your breathing and keep it fairly regulated so that you are breathing harder than normal but not getting yourself out of breath.

Note: If this is your first time doing this, you really should start small and gradually expand the length and level of strenuousness day by day. Trying to do too much at first can cause problems and if you are very unfit, you may risk a more severe problem such as a stroke of even a heart attack.

So start small and build slow.

Gradually Build It Up

Once you have built up to a decent walking pace and time, what happens is that your muscles are burning fuel derived from the blood sugar. There is enough sugar floating around in your bloodstream to power your muscles for about twenty minutes. After this time, the level of blood sugar becomes depleted and your body is forced to replenish the supply to keep feeding the muscles that are still working as you keep walking.

Now, this is the important thing to know. It doesn't really matter if you are walking, running or lifting heavy weights. Twenty minutes is the cut off time when the body starts to process its store of fat to replenish the sugars in your bloodstream. Think on that for a moment.

You can be slowly jogging or briskly walking along and another person can be sprinting like a lunatic. The sprinter will be exhausted after just a few minutes at such a pace, while you are able to keep going for more than twenty minutes at your slower pace. Will the sprinter have burned more body fat than you?

The answer is NO!

The sprinter would have consumed a lot of energy but not enough for the body to take fat and convert it to sugar, because he would have stopped exercising long before that needed to happen. You, on the other hand are using less fuel but over time you use a lot more and are forcing the body to supply that fuel from its store of fat.

The longer you can maintain your level of exercise, the more fat you will burn at each session. So you can see that walking is actually a very good exercise for weight loss and when you do it every day and combine it with eating a healthy diet, you will lose weight and start to look and feel really good.

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