Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Take Baby Steps to a New YOU! - Part 2 of 4

Steps 1 and 2

Step 3 - Start with your commitment right away. Procrastination will only encourage you to not go through your commitment at all. It may be difficult and it is actually inadvisable to make drastic changes like crash dieting or taking on resistance training without proper orientation. But starting it as soon as possible makes all the difference.

Maybe you can start by committing at least thirty minutes of your time to do light exercises every morning or doing crunches while watching your favorite TV show. Maybe you can substitute that second cup of rice at lunch time by eating a fruit instead.
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The possibilities are only limited by your creativity and resourcefulness. Health magazines and the internet are comprehensive sources where you can get ideas from. Remember that you are taking baby steps. So take it as fast or as slow as it suits you.

Step 4
- Keeping track of your eating habits and calorie intake is more effective than just “watching what you eat.” An average woman’s daily caloric needs range from 1,200kcal to 1,500kcal, while that of a man’s is 1,400kcal to 1,800kcal. It varies according to one’s age, ideal Body Mass Index (BMI), and activity level. Eating more than the ideal caloric need will mean more fat stores, while eating below the minimum of 1,200kcal is unsafe.
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Did you know that if you crash diet, your body’s defense mechanism is to hold on to dear fat for future energy reserve? Small but frequent meals are the body’s best friend in losing weight. It also keeps the blood sugar levels from making large up-and-down fluctuations.

If your goal is to maintain your weight, just eat enough calories to fuel your daily needs. If your goal is to lose weight, lessening your caloric intake by 500kcal is safe and healthy. This must be coupled with a combination of physical activity to increase your body’s metabolism. Increased metabolism means faster burning of fats, as opposed to just dieting.

Proceed to Part 3

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