Weight Loss Resources
Many resources are available to
assist individuals who sincerely want to lose weight.
the weight loss method(s)
selected, weight loss is not simply choosing a silver bullet but is all about modifying your lifestyle habits
to a considerable extent, especially if you want to maintain the weight loss once it is
According to a National Health
and Nutrition Examination conducted in 2004 a whopping two thirds of adults in the United States were overweight and nearly one third of the participants surveyed could
be classified as clinically obese. Obesity not only has a social stigma attached to it, but carries with it real
and considerable health and economic consequences.
Although it is not appropriate
to draw a assign a relationship, obesity is associated with a number of disease states including type 2
diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, other respiratory problems and some forms of cancer
to mention a few.
The cornerstone of effective
weight loss programs is the appropriate integration of a balanced calorie
restricted diet with exercise. A variety of diet plans are on the market,
some which are very effective and safe and some which should be approached with caution or avoided altogether.
Regardless of which weight loss diet you select, it is important to learn
as much about it as possible before beginning it. You should also discuss your dietary plans with your health
care professional prior to beginning a weight loss diet and if any health concerns develop after starting the
diet plan, particularly if you have pre-existing health problems.
articles and eBooks which can be downloaded from the Internet are excellent sources of information about various
diet plans and weight loss programs in general. A carefully selected weight loss e-Book or other online
education resource can also provide information that can help you decide on a comprehensive weight loss program, considering your
health history, previous attempts at losing weight and motivational considerations.
Because motivation and termination are
oftentimes lacking in individuals wanting to lose weight, there is oftentimes a tendency to lean toward pills
and bariatric surgery as panaceas. Although both can be effective in achieving weight loss in some individuals
they both provide unnatural means of weight loss and can have associated complications. Because of the possible
complications, both approaches should be reserved for individuals who are dangerously obese.
Weight loss surgery, also known as
bariatric surgery, includes a number of different operations which decrease the size of the stomach or change
other aspects of the gastrointestinal tract so that the amount of calories normally absorbed from eating is
reduced. Before selecting bariatric surgery as a method of losing weight you should definitely consult with your
doctor make sure that you are referred to a qualified bariatric surgeon with a good track
Weight loss drugs are another means of
accomplishing unnatural weight loss. There are basically three FDA approved prescription weight loss drugs on
the market today, two of which work by suppressing the appetite, and the other by blocking fat absorption from
the gastrointestinal tract.
The fat blocker known by the trade name
Xenical also can be acquired over the counter as Ali. Both are effective in some individuals but can be
associated with unpleasant side effects if fat in the diet is not restricted. A downside to the use of fat
blockers is that they can also reduce the absorption of other needed nutrients.
The prescription appetite suppressants
are known under the brand-name and generic names of Meridia and Phentermine respectively. Both reduce hunger but
are not for long-term use. Meridia should not be used by individuals with risk factors for heart disease, and
can cause dry mouth constipation and difficulty sleeping as side effects.
Phentermine, formerly a part of the frame
the Fen/Phen combination weight loss drug is the cheapest prescription weight loss drug and has been around the
longest, but can also cause side effects of difficulty sleeping, increased blood pressure, irritability,
nervousness and depression.
There also a variety of over-the-counter
weight loss supplements reporting wonderful claims of effectiveness, but the truth of the matter is these
products have not been subjected to the rigorous FDA approval standards necessary to confirm either their
effectiveness or their safety. Cautions should be exercised in selecting one of these weight loss methods. Many
are marketed as natural products, but the fact that a product is natural does not guarantee that it is
The time-honored natural way of boosting
your body's metabolism is through exercise. Aerobic exercise such as brisk walking and jogging is of moderate
intensity exercise sustained for extended periods of time, whereas anaerobic exercise such as
weight-lifting is high intensity exercise which is not sustained for extended periods of time. Because aerobic
exercising involves significantly greater fat burning than anaerobic exercising more immediate weight loss is
achieved with a former. Anaerobic exercise on the other hand, by increasing muscle mass increases the body’s
metabolism and thus can be beneficial in maintaining weight loss once it occurs.
Because of the importance of the
integration of calorie restriction and an ideal weight loss program would involve nutritionist and/or dietician
and an exercise trainer, but because many individuals cannot afford those expenses, reasonable alternatives
would be using a weight loss calculator for planning both a weight loss diet and
exercise program. An exercise program can be derived from online resources then reviewed with your doctor prior
to beginning the exercise regimen.
A successful weight loss program involves
not just losing weight but maintaining the weight loss once it has occurred. In order to have
success in losing weight it is necessary to have a means of remaining motivated and determined to reach your
goals and not regain the weight. Surrounding yourself with disciplined encouraging people who are supportive of
your needs can be vital to your success by keeping your motivated and determined, as can participation in one or
more of the online weight loss forums, particularly if you do not have the support structure among family and
Another motivating tool to help optimize the success of your weight loss program is a record of your efforts and
results. Reviewing the recorded data from time to time not only helps you make the necessary adjustments to
optimize your success, but it also provides positive feedback and encouragement when favorable results are
reviewed. The use of a local computer-based personal health record software program is an
excellent way of keeping a record of your weight loss endeavors because the information will be readily retrievable
in the form of reports and tracking grafts which can be reviewed by both you and your healthcare
- Losing Weight Nature's Way
Inside this eBook are the most powerful techniques that I could find anywhere for eliminating excess weight without the use of medication.
- Weight Loss Calculator
The Weight Loss Oracle assists dieters in scheduling their weight loss. It is not a diet program
in itself but is a useful supplemental resource.
- Weight Loss Programs
There many quality weight loss programs on the marketing. Educating yourself on the differences helps in choosing a plan.