Losing weight is made to seem like an elusive, somewhat mystical endeavor that can only be accomplished by eating exotic roots and or having all of your food freeze dried and delivered to your door. Various 'experts' portray weight loss as requiring 'systems', 'points', or other schemes. There are two problems with these systems. First, they usually involve giving someone else your money. Second, they make weight loss seem complex. This article sets out to explain how you can lose weight with two simple steps while saving money on your general expenses.

No matter how much people claim their product will 'burn' fat without you doing any work there is one simple fact of losing weight: to lose weight you must consistently burn more calories than you consume. This means you will feel hungry. If you are serious about losing weight this is something you have to accept. By making this a conscious decision it will be easier to deal with feeling hungry. The longer you have been using more calories than you eat the more readily your body will break down fat for energy. To use more calories than you consume you can either increase the amount of exercise you get or you can reduce the amount of food you eat. Making a small positive change in both of these departments will make a big difference.

To have long term success losing weight and increasing fitness exercise must become a normal part of your everyday life. I find that it is easiest to build exercise into your daily routine, as opposed to 'making time' for exercise. Instead of driving to work you could walk to the bus, ride your bike, or run. When you do have to drive, start parking as far away as possible from your destination. Not only will this save you time finding a parking space, but it will increase the distance you walk. This is the foundation for an active life; the average American only walks 1.5 miles per week! Walking, hiking, swimming, and running are all excellent activities that increase cardiovascular health and burn lots of calories. Find which activity you enjoy most and focus on that – you will be more like to stick with it that way. Weight training is also a crucial part of any exercise routine. The number of calories you burn for any activity is directly proportional to your muscle mass. Bigger muscles require more calories to perform the same movements. By lifting weights you burn calories now and increase the number of calories you will burn in future exercises. Stretching is also important. It helps prevent injuries and it is relaxing. Stretching also helps increase muscle mass by lengthening your muscle fibers.

Proper exercise requires proper nutrition. If you do not eat right you will not have the energy you need to exercise. The majority of your calories should come from whole grains. Whole grains are best because they take longer to digest, so the energy is available for a longer period of time. Fruit and vegetables should be the next largest food group. Protein from beans, eggs and poultry should be consumed at least at two meals daily. Protein helps your body repair itself after exercise.

You should not consume anything high in fat or sugars. This basically means no snack foods at all. Things like sodas, chips, cookies, and crackers are TERRIBLE for you. People become very rich selling them to the population, so this fact is downplayed by the authorities. If a person drank 5 cans of soda a day that would give them about 650 calories of energy, nearly 1/5th of the total required for an average person. This is the same as eating a double quarter pounder with cheese every day. Eating healthy requires that you cook your own meals – prepared foods are for the most part very unhealthy. A good trick to reember when at the grocery store is that most of the good for you food is located around the outside wall of the grocery. Only go down aisles for specific things and skip the chips, cookies, candy, frozen foods, and soda aisles entirely!