Sunday, March 23, 2008

How Much Does Weight Loss Cost You?

Everyone wants to lose weight, no one wants to diet. People rather spend fortunes on getting the advise on how to get slim, but still they don't get thinner. The problem lies in the simple fact that a book can not make you thin. A book can only give you information on how to get thin. It actually tells you what you have to do, what to eat, what not to eat, but it will never be able to lose the weight for you.

Then you might say, where is the problem? I'll just buy a pill instead. So people go out and spend another fortune on diet pills. They don't only buy diet pills, they buy lotions, teas, juices and all sorts of weight loss products. They buy fat burners and energy drinks. Some might even go to retreats to drop a couple of pounds. Rather spend the money than actually do something about your weight yourself.

Do a crazy fad diet and lose it fast

Some decide to not go with the crazy weight loss products but they want to change their diet to lose the weight. But no, they don't want to spent too much time figuring out how to actually eat healthy. They find the next best fad diet and jump on it. Entire food groups get cut out, calories are dropped dramatically and you probably will feel like you are half dead for the entire time of the fad diet. So what, it works. You lose the weight. You might ruin your body, your organs and so on with doing this radical eating, but you are thin now. So what do you want to do now? Go back to the old eating habits until you are obese again and then losing the weight once more on another fad diet?

Do a balanced eating program

The most sensible but also the most costly way of losing weight is by following a balanced eating program. This means that you include all the food groups and eat everything balanced. The downside? You have to figure out how to plan your meals out, you have to go grocery shopping regularly. You might even have to cook. It is tons of work. But it is worth it. Only a balanced diet will allow for you to lose weight and at the same time stay healthy. If you need to, don't look at it as a balanced eating diet, but look at it as a way to heal your body. If you have been overweight for a while your body will most likely have suffered from it. Change your eating sensibly so your body can adjust and slowly heal as you grow thin over time.

Actually exercise

Consider exercise. Exercise can seem as even more work than eating a healthy diet. If you decide to go to the gym five times a week, it will take time away from the things you used to do. Also, working out will take away from the energy you have. It is right when people say that exercise will give you more energy, however it does not always seem like that at first. Working out can not only cost you time and energy. You will have to have a gym membership, clothing and you will have to wash all your clothes more often. Maybe you don't have a clue about working out and will hire a personal trainer for a couple of weeks. Trust me, they are expensive.

So what do we learn?

When losing weight it boils down to the simple fact that as much as you put in your are going to get out of it. If you just want to spend a couple bucks on a book or two you won't lose much weight. When you put some effort into changing your diet you can do a lot for your weight loss, however to become healthy with your weight loss you will have to put quite some brain, time, energy and money into it. Therefore we can conclude that weight loss is not cheap, especially not if you want to do it well.
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