Aside from being an aesthetic concern, being overweight and carrying excess body fat can be severely damaging to one’s health and lifestyle.
The fitness industry is a multibillion-dollar market, with individual patients spending thousands of dollars each year on the latest supplement, exercise machine, or dieticians’ advice. While there is value in some of these products and services, there really is no secret to losing weight and maintaining a healthy body weight.
People looking to lose weight need to educate themselves about the basics of metabolism and exercise and implement simple changes into their daily lives. Here, Dr. Armijo precisely explains how to lose weight this holiday season.
Count Your Calories
Losing and gaining weight is simple.
If you eat more calories than your body burns, it stores those excess calories as fat, and you gain weight.
If you eat fewer calories than your body burns, then your body resorts to stored fat as an energy source and you lose weight. More calories equal weight gain; fewer calories equals weight loss.
So, the two most essential steps in a weight loss journey are learning how many calories your body burns in a day and how many calories are in your food.
As a general rule of thumb, women need 1500 calories a day to maintain weight, and men need between 2000-2500. So, if a woman wants to lose weight, all she needs to do is eat less than 1500 calories per day, and her metabolism will begin to use stored fat as an energy source. The same goes for males.
One of the best ways to learn how many calories are in your food is to install a calorie-counting application on your smartphone. In a typical day of eating, input every single piece of food and drink you consume into the app. It will record how many and what type of calories you consume to give you a total at the end of the day.
All you need to do then is change the quantities of what you eat, or eliminate certain products, (particularly sugary drinks) and you’ll notice gradual weight loss.
Add Exercise to Your Routine
Exercise increases your body’s heart rate and energy demand. By working out, you burn more calories and use your muscles.
As such, adding some light, low-impact cardio, such as cycling, rowing machine, or swimming to your weekly routine three times a week will help you burn calories faster. It will also elevate your mood with the endorphins released during exercise and help you stay motivated to keep consuming less.
Get a Weight Loss Head Start in Dallas, TX
Learn how many calories you consume, reduce this to below your required amount, and add some basic exercise. Weigh yourself and record your weight daily. And, most importantly, stay consistent. You’ll notice a change on the scales within the first two weeks, your clothes will feel different after the first six weeks, and after eight to twelve weeks you’ll see the difference in the mirror.
A weight-loss journey often leads to great results, but it can also have some undesired aftereffects. Many experience loose skin, stubborn fat pockets, and other concerns that dieting and weight loss alone cannot change. For these issues, your best course of action is to speak with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Armijo. Dr. Armijo offers breast lifts, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, mommy makeovers, and other contouring procedures that can have you looking toned after your weight loss journey.