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Stop walking to lose weight!

Once you cross your mid 20s, most people who think about weight loss, first try to fix it through diet only, since that seems simple. If that doesn’t work, they try to do walk off the weight! If you’re one of those people trying to stay fit by walking, our guess is that you’ve been walking for a while now, but your weight is stagnant.  Wonder why? No its not your age, or genetics, or your body chemistry..

You’re not losing weight because you’re walking! Walking is a really light exercise. When you first start walking, you might lose some weight, since your body is not used to any exercise. But within a month of walking exercise, your body gets used to walking. So, walking the same distance is less strenous- as a result, you burn fewer calories.

So, how can you lose weight by jogging/running? Simple .. do some more strenous exercise, like running (or jogging.. same thing). Running will not only burn upto 40% more calories for the same distance, but it helps to build muscle… along with a host of other running benefits. Read this articles to see running weight loss benefits how running is better than walking!

Is there an age limitation to jog/run? No, there is no limitation. You could be over 50 and run on a regular basis. As you get older, your metabolic rate slows down, so to avoid putting on weight, you need to work harder at it.

Along with exercise, its also important to watch your diet. Get a proper diet plan to manage your weight, and get some exercise to keep yourself strong.

 

 

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Mistakes in Common Weight Loss Diet Plans

Previously, we told you why self made or free diet plans are not effective at weight loss. There are plenty of mistakes that people make in diet plans. See what’s keeping your diet plan from helping you lose weight effectively!

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Fruits Only Diet: The most common mistake people make is eating only fruits in their diet. The fruits provide vitamins and carbohydrates, but there is no protein and fat in your diet. Without protein, your muscles will shrink. So, you will lose weight, but it will be valuable muscle weight, not fat that you lose. Also, removing fat from your diet, will reduce the absorption of nutrients in your digestive system. Besides, lack of healthy fats in your diet, promotes skin wrinkling and other unhealthy side effects

Early Dinner Diet: The other pitfall is eating dinner to early and skipping breakfast. If you eat dinner over 3 hours before you sleep, then sleep for 8-9 hours, then have breakfast 1-2 hours after waking up, that can be a 14 hour gap between meals. With such long gaps in your meals, your body goes into starvation mode, and it starts storing more fat.

Fat Free Diets: Many diets focus on low fat foods. Most low fat foods besides depriving your body of its daily fat requirements, use processed products, that increase carbohydrate content in the processed food product. As a result, your body gets excess carbohydrates and stores them as fat!

Diet Foods Diet: Diets that have a lot of diet foods using sugar substitutes can be very harmful. Many sugar substitutes are being promoted are healthy replacements for sugar in our diets, but with all the chemicals used in production, they can have serious side effects in the long run.

So, what is healthy weight loss?

Healthy weight loss is losing weight from reducing the fat in your body. If you can increase muscle in your body (for both men and women), it will only help further in reducing fat.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo