16 Reasons to Lose Weight

Weight Loss Reasons
Most people want to lose weight

Most people want to lose weight because of the obvious reasons; they want to look better, be more attractive and they don't want to be fat because being fat carries a stigma in our society of being lazy and unattractive. Wherever you look skinny people are idolized in magazines, on TV and on the Internet as being popular, attractive and successful. Everyone wants these qualities because it boosts self-esteem, which is something that people who are overweight battle with on a daily basis. From a very young age right up until adulthood, being overweight comes with a self-consciousness. The 21st century has brought about a health craze, now more than ever people are trying to lose weight. With TV shows like the "Biggest Loser" and "Dance You're A** Off" we are promoting not only losing weight but becoming healthier. There are so many reasons to want to lose weight however the healthier reasons should be closer to the top of the list rather than the aesthetic ones. Use these reasons to motivate you to lose excess weight.
1. Reduce Asthma Symptoms-Although asthma is not caused by extra weight on the body, excess weight can worsen and aggravate asthma symptoms. When your overweight, the respiratory system has to work harder. Excess weight puts a strain on the lungs and adrenal glands, which manage asthma symptoms. Losing weight can reduce asthma symptoms as well as minimize the frequency of their appearance.
2. Better Breathing- Excess weight puts pressure on the internal organs, which include your lungs. More weight puts strain on the lungs making them have to work harder to breath in oxygen and breath out carbon dioxide. By losing weight, there is less pressure on your lungs making it easier for oxygen and nutrients to be spread throughout the body.
3. Improve Blood Pressure- Overweight people have double the risk for hypertension (high blood pressure). This is caused because the excess weight puts pressure on the veins, making the heart have to pump harder to push the blood throughout the body. When you lose weight its easier for the blood to circulate throughout the body therefore lowering blood pressure.
4. Decrease the Risk of Heart Disease- Excess weight around the abdominal section of the body increases the risk for life threatening diseases such as heart disease. To reduce this risk you need to lose weight, especially around the mid section.
5. Lower Cholesterol-Being overweight increases your risk of having high LDL bad cholesterol, and low HDL good cholesterol. By losing weight you can lower LDL, lower total cholesterol and improve HDL cholesterol. It can also keep you off cholesterol medications that your doctor may recommend.
6. Decrease Medication- Many medications, prescriptions and OTC medications can be traced back to carrying excess weight on the body. Doctors prescribe all types of medications for people who are overweight such as blood pressure (antihypertensive), cholesterol (statin), insulin for diabetes, and drugs to lower blood sugars. However, by losing weight you can reduce the need for these medications. You can even reverse the effects so medication is no longer needed.
7. Reverse Type 2 Diabetes-Obesity is a major risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes is the most common disease for people who are overweight. However, you can reverse the effects by losing weight. Weight loss is the most recommended treatment for people who are borderline diabetic. By losing weight you can regulate blood sugar levels and normalize insulin secretion in the body.
8. Reduced Risk of Cancer- Obesity has been linked to some forms of cancer. Women who are overweight are more prone to have breast cancer, cervical cancer, and ovarian cancer. Men who are overweight are more prone to prostate and colon cancer. By losing weight you reduce the risk for any and all of these cancers.
9. Relieve Arthritis Pain- Excess weight puts added pressure on the joints such as the knees and ankles. For people who have arthritis, inflammation in these joints already reduces mobility and function. By losing weight you can reduce the pressure on these joints, which can relieve arthritis pain. It will also improve function in these joints making it easier to move.
10 Relieve Aches and Pains- Our feet bear all the weight of our entire body. The more weight you have the more stress your feet have to bear on a daily basis. When you lose weight there is less pressure on your feet making it easier to move around and be active.
11. Better Skin- With every pound of extra weight, the more your skin stretches. As we age the elasticity in your skin declines. Therefore having excess weight as you age will decrease the ability of your skins elasticity. Additionally ones diet can cause changes in ones skin color and elasticity. Overweight people consume larger amounts of carbohydrates and sugars, which causes skin to be paler in color and can increase the amount of skin tags, excess growths of skin on the outside of the body. By reducing these types of foods in ones diet, you can lose weight and also revitalize the skin.
12. Sleep Sound- People who are overweight have a higher risk for sleep disorders. Excess weight can increase the likelihood of diminished sleep due to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea disrupts sound sleep, which reduces the ability to sleep all the way through the night. By losing weight you can decrease sleep apnea symptoms and sleep all the way through the night.
13. Increased Endurance and Stamina- With every extra pound added to ones weight, you reduce the ability to do every day activities because you become tired or winded. As these activities become difficult you try to avoid them or find ways around them. However if you lose weight it becomes easier to walk, exercise, climb stairs, etc.
14. Better Mood- When one is overweight the bodies system is out of balance. This includes the amount of hormones that control mood. Overweight people are at risk for severe depression and most suffer from depressive feelings. Additionally depression can cause one to become overweight because depression reduces the desire to help or prevent themselves from becoming overweight. Losing weight can improve ones overall well being, boosting self-image and self-confidence. Exercise increases the release of endorphins, a hormone that enhances mood, which eliminates depressive feelings. To balance the hormones in the body reduce the amount of fat tissue in the body.
15. Increase Quality of Life- Overweight people typically suffer from low self esteem, have feelings of shame, and are more socially isolated. Additionally, sexual performance can be compromised by excess weight. When you lose weight you become more confident in yourself. You have confidence in your appearance and you feel better about not only the way you look but also yourself in general. This improves your ability to meet people, gain friends, socialize, and have romantic relationships.
16. Increase Longevity- Added weight on the body not only increases the risk of disease, but it reduces ones life expectancy. Losing weight can drastically increase the length of ones life. Eating healthier and exercising can increase the longevity of ones life. This includes eliminating and avoiding bad habits.
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Stop Excusing Yourself From Losing Weight and Do it

Sexy body dream
Lose Hate before Weight

People who are over weight usually do great injustice to themselves by excusing themselves from really losing weight. One thing that I have learned is that excuses cannot help you or me. It is only when we look at our personal problem straight in the eye and then acknowledge them as a problem that we hate are we able to really do something about it.

Many people will convince themselves that their weight is not too bad or perhaps blame everything from genes to heredity and thus blind them selves of the need to lose those unwanted pounds. In this article I will attempt to lay down some of the excuses that people give to stay over weight and perhaps make comments as to why there is the need to be truthful about our weight situation and then zoom down on it to obliterate it from our lives. Shakespeare once said "to thin self be true" and in this article we will be true and out of that openness and self acceptance, we may be able to conquer the self sabotage that we do through excuses.
The following are some of the excuses we give to ourselves to stay fat:

  1.  My metabolism is not good
  2.  My genes are bad
  3.  My thyroid is bad
  4.  I am okay because I eat "fat free" or "low fat" foods
  5.  Losing weight is too hard for me
  6.  I am a fit and "good looking" fat person
  7.  My body has reached the ideal weight where I cannot lose 

weight any more. And this list is by no means exhaustive.
I am sure you can identify with some of the excuses listed above that we make to ourselves so as to continue staying fat. But these are fallacies that we must obliterate from our minds as we try to lose weight. Loosing weight does not hurt you in any way but it does help you look good and also feel healthy and enjoy your life.
There are some people in this world that will do everything they can do to prevent themselves from looking at their problems to help eliminate it. They do this because they are afraid of the problem itself or perhaps the cost and effort that it will take to actually do something about it. They will then stop at nothing to convince themselves that not doing anything about the problem is a better choice. Like everything, we must be honest with ourselves when it comes to losing weight.

We must face the weight issues that confront us and then do something about it quickly; that is to lose the weight and be happy. We must stop putting all the blame on our metabolism. It has nothing to do with it but rather it has everything to do with the quality and quantity of foods that we eat. A lot of people who are over weight are like that because they eat junk foods and also eat too much of them.
Even though metabolism may play a part in overweight situations especially as we age, it nonetheless is not the main or only reasons why we become obese. No matter how slow one's metabolism may be, given the right kind of food and exercise, it can be sped up to help one lose the weight.

Blaming our genes as the culprit when it comes to losing weight is like blaming a car accident on the car itself instead of the driver. While genes can cause some people to struggle with their weight loss effort, if the right kinds of foods and exercise are employed, they will definitely lose weight.
It is true that a bad thyroid can cause one to struggle with weight loss but I want to tell you that very few people have that kind of problem so there may be a chance that you do not have that problem. Your doctor can run a test to help you determine whether you have an under active thyroid problem and then suggest antidotes for its treatment if it is found out that you have that problem.

Some people think that because they eat "fat free" or "low fat" foods they are free from being over weight. The truth cannot be further from this. Even though most food manufacturers took the fat from the foods they nonetheless replaced it with sugar which goes into the blood stream directory and eventually turn into fat any ways. So as you can see the fact that foods are labeled "fat free" or "low fat" does not mean that it is safe to overeat.
The problem is not how much fat is in the food but the problem is our behavior towards food. Even though some people will take the easy route out by simply convincing themselves that they cannot lose weight the truth of the matter is that every one can lose weight. You see, the body records every calories or food energy that you put into your body.
So if you think you cannot lose weight may be what you need to do is to cut your food into half for example and your calorie intake will be cut into half and as time goes on you will see the pounds coming off. It is very rare to see someone medically proclaimed as impossible to lose weight. I cannot conceive you that such a situation even exists in the world. Cut down the food intake and the pounds will come down immediately or with time.
No matter how much people try to convince themselves that they are fat but fit, I cannot see that as true. A fit person is healthy, energized, can bend and stretch up easily without any difficulties and has all their internal systems working correctly. This is not true for fat people. Even though a fat person may feel great perhaps they are young, as they grow up some few years beyond their youth, they may start experiencing health issues.
So if you think you are fat but healthy, I am happy for you that you feel healthy but not happy for you that you are fat. Drop that mindset and do something about the weight because these things have a way of slowly sneaking up their ugly effect on people with time.

Some people who are over weight may try to eat the right foods and then exercise but as soon as they loose some few pounds they will just quit their efforts because they think that they have reached the ultimate level of losing weight and that to them they have no more weight to lose. The only thing that cannot lose weight is the bones themselves but as long as one has some flesh to their skin, they can always lose some few ounces or pounds beyond the weight they think they cannot lose weight from. So when it comes to losing weight, there are no plateaus.

The purpose of this article has been to help people see the harm they are doing to themselves with all these excuses not to lose weight so that as they come to the understanding about these things they may decide to do something about their weight. I have found the need to write this article because I have been there and understand the need to lose weight much so than ever before. So that losing weight to maintain good health must be top on the agenda of our lives. My dear friend do not allow your self or anyone to tell you that your weight problem is beyond fixing. You can lose that weight even today.
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The Fastest Way to Lose Weight

Ways to Lose Weight
Follow The Tips

For a healthy person weight loss is simple: burn more calories than you consume. Your healthiest weight is determine by height to weight ratio or Body Mass Index (BMI) and the amount of fat in your body. Unfortunately over 60% of the North American population are considered to be overweight according to the BMI index because of unhealthy diet with foods high in saturated fat and trans fat, causing many diseases and becoming a heavy burden to our national heath care system.
For many people losing weight is easy, but keeping that lost weight is the big problem. In fact if you have a permanent weight loss plan, you will have no problem maintaining that lost weight.

For all that want the answer to the question "What's the fastest way to lose weight?" let me ask you a question first. What ever happened to hard work, discipline, work ethic, and eating right? Did I miss something or did I fall asleep one day and then woke up with a million ways to lose weight fast within 24 hours? I mean come on. Sure there are some pills that could probably help you to lose weight, but if you're popping weight loss pills like Tic Tacs after you supersize you're Value meals, pills won't seem to be that affective. Plus you don't want to risk your health for the sake of rapid weight loss. Fast weight loss should happening as naturally as possible and I'm sure that all pills have to have some type of side effect. I've never heard of pills saying on their disclaimer "no side effect whatsoever." It's just not worth it. All because you want to lose weight fast? While Losing weight quickly can have it's personal benefits, natural ways to melt fat and lose weight quickly are better long term.

Why is everyone Else Losing Weight Except Me?

Your metabolism is different than others. Not everyone is the same. I know some a friend of mine that can eat a whole pizza by themselves and not gain a pound! (If you are reading this, just like me, your metabolism is not like that) Why do you ask? Their metabolism is faster than most others. While there are ways to speed up your metabolism and help you to lose weight fast, a lot of quick metabolisms are past down from generations through family genes.

Drinking Water to Lose Weight

Some people say that if you drink cold water that it could help you to lose weight fast because your body has to burn calories in order to heat the water to body temperature. This may be true, but considering that most of your body is mostly water weight, what happens to the rest of the water? Surely all of the water won't pass through your system as waste.

Magic Weight Loss Formula
Now I know you may be thinking what does this have to do with the question "What is the fastest way to lose weight?" Well I'll tell you. I've been working on a secret formula that is GUARANTEED to help you lose weight fast, burn fat quick, lose belly fat, etc. and you can use this Magic formula with whatever program you'd like! It's called Eat Less and Exercise More.
That's right now let's test it out. Look at the following examples:
Pills + Eating Less and More exercise
Drinking water + Eating Less and More exercise
Lose weight Shakes + Eating Less and More exercise
Fast Food Diet+ Eating less and More exercise
Working out + Eating Less and More exercise

The point is you can pretty much hop on any "lose weight fast" bandwagon, however if you don't add the key ingredients(aka Magic Formula) then the bottom line is your not going to lose weight fast, or maybe not even at all. Additionally there is the safe weight loss factor. You don't want to risk your health for a possible heart condition or whatever side effect some pills might have.

The Truth About Weight Loss

Just to make things clear in the examples of this My Magic Formula when I say "eating less" what I really mean is eating the right portions per meal. Studies show that you can eat more times daily and actually speed up your metabolism therefore helping you to burn fat and lose weight quicker than conventional diets if you're eating the right portions. If you eat 5 times a day with breakfast being your biggest meal and all other meals of equal portions you can speed up weight loss by speeding up your metabolism. Tradition dieting tells us that 3 times a day is what most people are accustom to, but this could be bad for you if your trying to lose weight. Your body stores fat when it goes without food for longer periods of time between meals because it is preparing to go without food, therefore storing fat for energy. Now if you combined the fact that your body stores fat when eating less portions, with no planned eating proportions and no exercise you're destined to fail unless you're educated yourself in the weight loss field.

Serious About Losing Weight
Now if you're serious about losing weight fast then the absolute fastest way to lose weight is by hiring a personal trainer. This could be expensive. It is the fastest way to lose weight although it may not the cheapest. Ever watch a popular TV program along the lines of "The Biggest Loser" or shows similar to this? They lose tons of weight. And how do they do it? That's right, a personal trainer. It can be too difficult to do the research and figure out what foods and exercises are best for you yourself. Educating yourself in this area can cost you a lot of time and money. Learning to lose weight from someone who has already lost weight and kept it off is the fastest way to lose weight in my humble opinion. Now in my own search to lose weight I've recently stumbled upon a Certified Nutritionist and Exercise Specialist with 15 years of experience in the weight loss industry. Her Diet Solution Program will help you to find the best ways to achieve a healthy weight fast. In addition she also provides you with 2 exercise routines specifically designed to burn fat and target abs. Her name is Isabel De Los Rios author of the The Diet Solution program. Check out her website at The Diet Solutions Program and learn from someone who has already answered the question "What is the fastest way to Lose weight?"
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Proven Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss Programs
Just keep doing

Sick of being overweight? Let's face it: Losing weight is just not an easy task! You have to really put your mind to it. You have to force yourself to stick to whatever it is that you're doing every single day. You need to, oops, I'm getting way too far ahead of myself here. Let me break this down for you in simple, step-by-step, what I call, "weight loss tips."

These fast weight loss tips will help you to drop a lot of extra pounds, if you need to lose quite a bit of weight. These 7 fast weight loss tips will also help you, if you are already in decent physical condition, to sculpt your body to an even greater degree.
Any weight loss tips to help speed up metabolism do just that. They help you. You still must have your overall fitness and nutrition plan in line with the goals you want to achieve.
You need to be focused on each aspect of your plan. If you expect to use these fast weight loss tips but don't exercise and just watch television eating a bag of chips every night, they won't do a thing for you.
Are you ready to add these fast weight loss tips to your lifestyle?
In order to get rid of any amount of excess weight, you must speed up metabolism. Your metabolism is a biochemical process that occurs in your body.
Your metabolism helps to break down nutrients in your bloodstream. This helps you to add more lean muscle, resulting in a greater expenditure of energy, meaning you'll get rid of more fat.
You have billions of cells in your body that can use up an enormous amount of energy if you are active. The fast weight loss tips listed below will help you do this. However, if you aren't active they won't burn up much at all, meaning you'll have a tendency to easily add fat to your body.
Thankfully, using the fast weight loss tips in conjunction with your healthy and active lifestyle you can speed up your metabolism quite noticeably.

Weight Loss Tip #1

Find a plan and most importantly, STICK TO IT! I know this is easier said than done, but I told you in the beginning that losing weight is not as easy as it seems. It can be easy if you want it to be. If you really desire to lose weight, then you will put yourself in the right frame of mind to do so. You have to stop focusing on how hard it's going to be and look at your ultimate goal, which is to shed some unwanted weight. Keep your goal in mind until the very end. So, whether you have a weight loss book you're reading, a weight loss DVD you bought or just found a free weight loss program online, just please promise me that you'll stick with it until you reach your goal. Don't give up is another good title for this weight loss tip.

Weight Loss Tip #2

Time your meals. The majority of your calories should be earlier in the day. Your meals should contain less total calories as the day goes on. Try to eat little or preferably nothing at all after your evening meal. Don't skip any meals. You should be eating 4 - 6 meals each day.

Weight Loss Tip #3
Keep a weight loss journal to record all of your thoughts, feelings, food and beverage intake, etc. This is another vital key to your weight loss success! This goes along with what I was just saying in weight loss tip number 2--being held accountable. When you are forced to write everything that you eat and everything that you do concerning your weight loss efforts, you are being held accountable for it all. This is so great because you will actually have a tangible record to look at and actually see, with your own two eyes, exactly what is going on. You will be able to pinpoint with accuracy maybe why you're not dropping that last pound or why the scale has not budged in three weeks. So, go splurge on yourself and pick up a little journal at Walmart or Target. You'll be so happy you did!

Weight Loss Tip #4
Make sure you eat enough. One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight is they don't eat enough.
If you don't consume the proper amount of calories you will send your body into what is known as a survival mode. This happens when your body does not have enough calories, so it conserves energy to prepare for possible starvation.
On the opposite side of this, is if you eat too many calories the excess will be stored as fat. You need to exercise in order to burn more calories than you eat. Therefore, moderation is the key when it comes to calorie intake.

Weight Loss Tip #5
Drink water. Most Americans do not intake the necessary water to maintain proper body functions. Why do you think America is one of the sickest countries in the world? Water is vital with a capital V! It is recommended that you drink half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. This means that if you are a 150 pound adult woman, you should be drinking at least 75 ounces of water every single day! Break that down into your average 16 ounce bottles, and you've got about 5 bottles per day. This can be easily done by just eliminating all the unnecessary fluids that you're putting into your body, such as coffee, alcoholic beverages, and those caffeinated soft drinks. Water is something that many of us simply take for granted. I know I don't, but I also understand that if you were not raised knowing the importance of water and how it directly affects your overall health, than it may be hard for you to even consider drinking half your body weight in ounces per day. My advice to you would be to start out slow and small. There is no race. Try just one bottle to start and gradually work your way up to the recommended amount. Your body will thank you and trust me, you will feel the difference!

Weight Loss Tip #6

Do weight lifting before doing any cardiovascular work. The only exception of course is to perform 5 - 10 minutes of cardio before your weight training in order to warm up your muscles.This is important because you need the energy in your muscles for weight training. By the time your weight training session is complete you will have used up all of your preferred energy sources.
This means that you will actually be burning fat cells during your cardio session.
Here's what happens if you do this in reverse.
First, you will only be burning carbohydrate sources of energy during your cardiovascular workout. No fat cells will be used up for energy. Next, you will not have the energy in your muscles in order to get the most out of your weight training.


You will not be able to increase your lean muscle, which is very important if you want to lose your excess weight.
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