A diet needs to be more than an activity that’s done in order to simply lose weight, it needs to be the way that you deliver your body nutrition.
Coupled with the fact that exercise needs to be a sustained activity level focused on maintaining good muscle tone and improving overall cardiovascular fitness towards the benefits of regular training rather than busts of activity geared towards selling equipment and programs, most exercise and diet plans don’t serve people well.
The reasons are many, and it could be that generally in America at least, we’ve been programmed for quick fixes and instantaneous results. For anybody who’s actually achieved instantaneous results with no adverse affects there’s a long line of those who may have, but went on to pay significantly later on.
It is in the search of the quick fix where most plans of diet and exercise fail.
The facts about health, diet, and exercise are simple and a great way to think about how to go about it is like this: You get the body you earn.
If you’ve a tendency to be sedentary and eat mal-nutritious foods then you’ll earn the body to fit that effort. If you’ve a tendency to choose good food to eat and exercise regularly then you’ll earn the body to fit that effort.
The sacrificial diet plan
One key feature of many diet plans is the sacrifice of a particular food item or food category.
Some say that a healthy diet is one void of fat, others say carbohydrates are the culprit behind obesity and bad health, others say it’s vegetables, or meat, or dairy. You can pick and choose from any number of diet plans that tell you that by simply giving up something you’ll find your body will shed pounds easily.
The special meal plan
There are no shortages of meal plans, meal replacement plans, and meal supplements in the market place.
Each of them has their place in the iconography of health and fitness, and unfortunately that place more often than not is to provide short term results unless you continually use the product or plan.
Now there’s a point to be made that if it works then it’s good. And provided that the body is getting the proper nutrients it needs then a mail order meal plan, supplement, or replacement plan can have a valuable place in daily life. But the key consideration is the proper nutrition provided.
The human body simply needs certain levels of nutritional component’s to continue functioning as designed. This nutrition is amply provided for through the use of everyday available food items at the local grocery store or big box outlet. There is no need for a special plan nor many of the supplements and the vast majority of replacements.
Simple smart shopping while filling your grocery basket should be all you need.
The magic exercise
A permanent fixture on the infomercial circuit is the exercise machine, particularly those that focus on a particular aspect of the body to enhance weight loss and fitness.
To be sure, most any exercise that gets the human body into the range of activity that exceeds its normal level of activity is one that will work to improve health and help weight loss.
But that’s not to say that one exercise is better, or that a particular machine design has any more benefit than another.
It seems though that much of the focus on many of the machines or devices offered through popular marketing mediums is on making the promoter money first, and then helping you lose weight and get fit second.
The function of exercise is simple: Elevate the heart rate to levels where the body responds aerobically and enters the “training-effect” where oxygen is being effectively consumed converting energy into work. The most obvious indicator of this conversion is sweat.
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So if you’re sweating, your exercising.