Don’t Forget to Diet

If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t just think that running a few miles or joining a gym can help. There’s actually a whole lot more that goes into losing weight than just exercise.

According to the Dallas Morning News, a 2009  British Journal of Sports Medicine study revealed that 26 of 58 overweight patients failed to achieve any weight-loss progress through exercise. Because physical activity did make them healthier in other ways, including blood pressure, resting heart rate and positive mood, “exercise should be encouraged and the emphasis on weight loss reduced,” the report concluded.

So basically, that means that you should be exercising to improve your overall level of health, but don’t expect to start losing weight until you couple a physical fitness routine with a healthy diet. Fewer calories and more wholesome, nourishing foods give your body the energy it needs to fuel your workouts while maintaining proper function of all of your bodily systems. At the same time, it can help you lose weight by avoiding the possibility of your body storing excess fats.

But don’t think that a healthy diet is one that is free of all sweets, sugar, carbs, and fat. Actually, all of these things are important for maintaining a healthy body. The key is to differentiate between good fats and bad fats and to enjoy sweets and treats in moderation. A healthy diet consists of well balanced meals that use the right portions and emphasize fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, and natural fats and sugars. Be realistic while dieting. Remember, you don’t have to make eating an activity that you hate. You can still enjoy the foods you love. Just remember to enjoy them in moderation and to keep up with an exercise routine. Then you can start seeing some real results.

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