Obesity among adults is one of the biggest health issues plaguing the United States. Currently, The U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 35% of the adult US population has their body mass index (BMI) sufficiently high to be classified as obese. Making the matter even more troubling is the fact that in order to be classified as obese, one has to be way past simply being overweight, which is a body mass index classification in itself. Furthermore, there is a wide consensus among health care professionals that obesity poses a direct and very significant danger to one’s health, and is the underlying cause of many serious health conditions such as, but certainly not limited to heart disease, diabetes, and even infertility. Consequently, it is not surprising that more and more people are considering going on a diet, or implementing a specific weight loss routine. However, anyone considering such action should be aware that while there are multiple strategies and plans available, their success will always be dependent on the proper diet and well-suited exercise routine.
The most successful weight loss plan will always be composed of both a proper diet and a good exercise routine. One should never simply try to eat less, while continuing a stagnant lifestyle that involves little movement, not to mention exercise. Such a tactic may actually cause the opposite result, especially if one foregoes the necessary nutrients and only eats foods high in saturated fat and sodium. While one’s weight may actually decrease, their waist lines may expand, and it will only mean that the person is losing muscle mass instead of burning off unnecessary fat. Furthermore, muscle mass is necessary for burning fat, and there is substantial evidence that weight training is actually more effective at burning off excess fat than continuous cardiovascular routines. However, cardio exercise has a lot of other benefits such as improving the function of one’s cardiovascular, circulatory and respiratory systems, and certain cardiovascular exercise routines should also be implemented in a good weight loss program.
Whenever deciding on a weight loss plan, it is very important to make sure it is safe for the specific individual. Seeing a disclaimer saying that one should consult with a physician before attempting something has become all too common, which has lead to such statements losing their power when they are appropriate. This is especially true for certain exercise routines, like lower back exercises which may cause real and even irreversible damage when attempted by inexperienced individuals without sufficient muscle tissue and proper warm up. Furthermore, when considering a weight loss plan it is important to start slow, instead of trying to cut one’s calorie intake in half the first day, along with trying to jog in morning. Such strategy will never work in the long run, and sometimes a person trying to cut their weight may in fact be needing more calories than before, due to increased levels of exercise. In fact, the most successful weight loss plans result in the loss of approximately 2 pounds per week, with continual appropriate adjustments of the person’s diet and their exercise routines.