With all the hype on the market about fad diets and weight loss programs and exercise routines, it's really hard to see through to the good, the bad, and the ugly. When it comes right down to it though, healthy fat loss can be achieved quite simply.
Why Are We Fat?
It's really quite simple -- we are fat because we have either consumed more calories than our bodies need or we were not active enough to burn those calories. Our bodies will do what we tell them so if we eat too much and don't use enough of those calories, our body responds by storing those calories.
Consider this formula: calories consumed minus calories burned. This formula will either result in a positive result when we've taken in more calories than burned, or a negative result when we've taken in fewer calories than our body has burned. So to impact healthy fat loss we want to focus on the second outcome where we burn more calories than we consume. The good news is that we can look at both parts of the equation to achieve this result!
Proper Consumption for Healthy Fat Loss
First of all, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Whether that calorie come from fruit, meat, bread or whatever, it is still a measure of energy. The key, however, for healthy fat loss is to provide your body with the right kinds of good calories in the form of proteins, carbohydrates and fat. Yes, fat!
Just like your car, your body needs the right kind of fuel to operate efficiently. Proteins are needed for proper muscle function as well as stabilizing your blood sugar and preventing hunger. Proteins can be found in meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and beans.
Carbohydrates are used as a source of energy for the body. For optimal efficiency, the majority of carbohydrates in your diet should come from complex carbohydrates like beans, rice, potatoes, vegetables and whole grains. Fruit and dairy products should also be included as part of a healthy diet.
Fat plays a strong role in the proper functioning of the body. Fats help to maintain healthy skin and hair, protect our organs and help to maintain body temperature. Some healthy sources of fat include fish and shellfish, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables and walnuts.
Proper Output for Healthy Fat Loss
Don't worry -- we don't need to be marathon runners or triathletes for this to work. Just look at the amount of physical activity you are doing now and add a little to that at a time.
This can be as simple as taking a 30 minute walk through the neighborhood after dinner or taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator. You'll want to look for activities that both get your heart pumping and help to build muscle. (of course before starting any exercise routine, consult with your physician)
Putting It All Together
Healthy fat loss is achieved through a combination of healthy eating and exercise. With the proper combination of healthy foods and fat burning activity, you will be developing your very own healthy way to lose weight.