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Monday, April 13, 2009

Controlling Bodyweight

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When we think of controlling one's bodyweight, we tend to think of it as a method solely for losing weight. However, someone who is normally thin can control bodyweight in order to gain weight. These days, society has increased awareness of physical beauty and appearance, causing many to engage in weight controlling activities. College women, young women, and teen girls alike are attempting more and more to lose weight. Consequently, many diet methods are being spread via the Internet, TV, magazines, and even by word of mouth. These methods, introduced through such media, have yet to hold any validity in the medical societies, yet many dieters still avidly attempt such techniques.


The Healthiest Way to Control Weight
The healthiest way to control one's weight is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and practice regular exercise; this is achieved by careful consideration of the individual's weight, metabolism, and regular physical activities. A healthy dieting technique can be achieved after careful consideration of the elements of nutrition, exercise, and daily activities, ultimately yielding positive results of dieting. Dieting not only requires physical health, but also requires low stress levels and good mental health. A successful diet is thought of as lowering the body fat content, while minimizing body protein damage of the muscles. So it's very wise to create and maintain a healthy balanced diet, as well as participate in regular exercise activities.

It's not rare to find individuals using unhealthy dieting methods to lose weight. These methods include fasting, a sudden drop in food consumption, and following methods that do not have any medical validity or scientific proof. Also prolonging a dieting technique will not yield a greater loss in weight, and will actually produce the opposite effect of gaining more weight. By decreasing food consumption, our bodies find a way to adapt to the change, altering our metabolic rates. And after the body has adapted to burning energy efficiently, an increase in food intake will cause the body to begin storing the excess food as fat. This is how the body will gain more weight after a diet.

We've all seen people who have actually gained more weight (above their original weight) due to this form of diet failure. When dieting, it is common to see a fluctuation in weight rather than a straight loss of weight. This is called the yo-yo effect of dieting, named after the children's toy. To prevent the yo-yo effect, a steady and subtle change in diet and exercise is needed, rather than abruptly decreasing the quantity of food intake. When losing weight, it is wiser to lose about half a kilogram each week. To accomplish this, an average of 500 kcal of food consumption should be decreased daily. Initially, it may seem almost impossible to cut such an amount of food every day, so the most important factor is to be well motivated and dedicated to the diet.


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