The Top Ten Things You Dont Want to Hear About Losing Weight

(But What You Need to Know if You Want to Get Fit!)

10) No, you won't end up looking like the latest hot young model/singer/actress!

Let's face it: your body is your body. It's the only one you've got. Can you still look great? Sure! But there are some things you can't change. You can't make your legs longer or your feet smaller. You can't grow five inches or elongate your torso. You have what you have, so work with it! Concentrate on making a healthy and fit you instead of wishing you looked like someone else. You don't have to be perfect to be attractive. A strong, fit body as well as the self-confidence it brings can make any person attractive!

9) It's better to be muscular and weigh more than to be flabby and weigh less.

I've said it so many times: I'd much rather be 135lbs and muscular than 120lbs and flabby. I've been both, and 135lbs with a lower percent of body fat was definitely better! I was smaller, stronger and had much more energy. So, don't always seek that magical number on the scale, but look at your total body composition instead.

8) You can't get fit in a week.

Okay, well, you can, but only if you're one week away from being in peak condition and you keep working out. Otherwise, forget about it! If you want to look good for that class reunion or because you'll be in a bikini soon, then get moving way before that. Or better yet, get moving for your own health and not for "things" like reunions and bikinis.

7) You need to put some effort into it.

You want to get fit? You have to work at it. You have to plan it, you have to schedule it, and, most importantly, you have to do it. No excuses. Sitting on the couch, telling yourself you should be doing something will not burn up a lot of calories. If nothing else, get out there and start walking. And while you're out there walking think about a plan of action for a healthier you and get started on it today ? not tomorrow!

6) You need to exercise.

Can you lose weight just by diet alone? Sure, you can! But if you want to get fit, you need to exercise those muscles, including your heart. And that heart won't get any exercise if you're sitting on the couch, eating broccoli. Lose the weight that you need to lose and you'll just end up with a thin, but flabby, body. Get moving! Weight training is ideal, but if you're really not into weight training, find an activity you like to do that work all your major muscle groups.

5) You need to eat properly.

Putting aside any low carb/low fat/high protein controversies, the simple fact is, if you want a fit body, you need to nourish it. Protein, carbs and fat are important, but vitamins and minerals are key elements that your body needs, too. No matter what way of eating you're following make sure you're getting enough vitamins and minerals. Add a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit to your diet. The next time you go grocery shopping, linger around the produce section and not only pick out some old favorites, but experiment a little by trying something new!

4) You can't lose weight overnight.

You didn't gain it overnight -- or in two months -- and you're not going to lose it overnight -- or in two months. Think of getting fit as a train leaving the station: you start off slow, gather speed and then off you go! Patience is the key here. Look for consistent trends. If you're really not losing fat and getting stronger after a couple of months, then you need to sit down and honestly analyze what you're doing. Keep a journal to help you know how you're really eating and exercising.

3) You can't spot reduce.

Genetics will decide where the fat will come off. Doing 1000 crunches won't reduce your belly fat. Nor will 1000 leg lifts get rid of the fat on your inner thighs. Your body does not burn the fat it needs from the body part that you're exercising. Your body will burn fat much like an onion is peeled, a layer at a time, if you will. So, don't overdo it on the exercise for one specific body part and look to getting your whole body in shape.

2) There are no quick fixes.

That's right, you heard me. There are no quick fixes. None. Put all those pills, potions, contraptions and miracle diets in the garbage where they belong. Learn the basics about how your body gains muscle and loses fat, so you won't get sucked in by another scam again.

1) Fitness is a lifelong commitment!

So, you faithfully work out and eat properly and you've reached your goals. Now what? Well, now you've got to keep doing it for the rest of your life, that's what! You can't just work your way to being fit and then stop, because you'll end up exactly like you were before. Fitness is a lifelong commitment. And, you want to know a secret? It isn't easy! And anyone who says it is easy is trying to sell you something. Make fitness a lifelong ambition and you'll reap the rewards of a long and healthy life, filled with energy, strength and an overall sense of well being.

Suzanne Hiscock has been interested in fitness and nutrition for over 16 years. She is the owner of FitWatch Inc. and developer of the FitWatch Fitness Tracker, an online food and exercise tracker. You can visit the site at http://www.fitwatch.com for a variety of fitness calculators and tools.

In The News:


New York Times (blog)

Ask Well: Exercise and Weight Loss
New York Times (blog)
“It all comes down to energy balance,” or calories in and calories out, said Edward Melanson, a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, who has conducted many studies of exercise and weight loss. Most of us will burn only ...


Larry Brown Sports

Dmitri Young explains his amazing weight loss
Washington Post (blog)
“I went to a doctor, a preventative doctor, and he told me 'You want to get off the medicine, lose three inches.' I'm like, forget that, let's lose six. And then I started doing a lot of cardio, the weight started peeling off, and at that point I ...
Dmitri Young has lost a ton of weightLarry Brown Sports

all 3 news articles »

Feeding tube diet: Inside the controversial weight loss method
KTRK-TV
Have you ever considered losing weight with a feeding tube? Many across the country are paying big bucks to drop the pounds fast, and now the K-E diet is available right here in Houston. Jeanetly Lizalde was fed up with trying to lose weight and wanted ...


Doctor healing herself with weight-loss regimen
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
Because of Manning's dedication to good health, however, her personal struggle with weight loss has been a particularly difficult road. For Manning, weight gain was a direct result of leaving the military to focus on her budding medical career. “When I ...


KTXL

Documentary Leads to 100-pound Weightloss in 1 year
KTXL
At his heaviest, in 2005, Kurtz weighed 278 pounds. Only 5 feet 5 inches tall, he was considered severely obese. For several years he cycled around low-carb diets to temporarily lose 30 to 40 pounds, only to gain it back. None of the many other diets ...
Weight loss success: 100 pounds with a plant-based dietBayoubuzz
Severely obese man drops 120lbs in a YEAR by following the plant-based diet ...Daily Mail

all 24 news articles »

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Is weight loss a recipe or a road map?
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
Did you make a New Year's resolution to lose weight in 2014? If so, you are not alone. Arguably, weight loss is one of the most common promises people make. How effective are most of us at keeping our promise? In this society, food is abundantly ...


To induce weight loss, which neurons switch satiety on and off?
Los Angeles Times
Obesity researchers have been looking for a neurological signal in the brain that could switch off the desire to eat. A study in mice zeroes in on the part of the brain that sends such signals. Obesity researchers have been looking for a neurological ...


Weight loss surgery changing lives
Asbury Park Press
The bariatric program at Ocean Medical Center is championed by Anil Pahuja, M.D. and James Pasquariello, M.D., board-certified surgeons who specialize in weight loss surgery and minimally invasive surgery. These experienced surgeons perform gastric ...

and more »

Marshfield News-Herald

What you need to know about weight-loss surgery
Marshfield News-Herald
Weight loss is different for everyone — some diets or exercise programs work for some people, while the same program might not work for someone else. People might wonder the same about bariatric surgery. An online educational tool, called the Ethicon ...


The Perfect Dinner Equation for Weight Loss
Shape Magazine
You might have breakfast and lunch covered when it comes to a weight-loss plan, but dinner can prove to be a little more difficult. Stress and temptation can sneak in after a long day at work, and building that perfect plate to satisfy your body and ...

Google News

Saint Valentine Never Had it So Good

There are several theories on the origins of Valentine's Day.... Read More

Is There a New Fat Loss Miracle on the Horizon?

For the past several years one subject has been coming... Read More

Finding the RIGHT Diet Pill

Hundreds of products on the market today claim to be... Read More

Easy Weight Loss -- 5 Steps to Lose Weight

Is it easy to lose weight? Yes. Losing weight is... Read More

Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss

Discover secrets to overcome food addictions by releasing negative thoughts... Read More

How to Burn Fat: Doctors Proven Weight Loss Secret #1

Let me ask you a personal question. As you read... Read More

Buyer Beware: Purchasing Fat Burners and Other Supplements Online

Each month I receive hundreds of e-mails from consumers who... Read More

Obesity Shortens Life Expectancy

Steady gains made in improvement in life expectancy may be... Read More

7 Useful Tips That Will Help You Lose Weight

1. Increase your fiber intake. The body needs a lot... Read More

The Truth About Weight Loss: The 6 Biggest Myths About Dieting!

All of our behavior results from the thoughts that preceded... Read More

How I Lost 12 Pounds And Had Fun Doing It!

You see it all the time; people agonizing over their... Read More

Body Wraps & Weight Loss

Body wraps can help tone and tighten the skin, improve... Read More

Weight Loss & Obesity Affects Life Expectancy

We hear it all the time?lose weight for your health.... Read More

Why Do Gastric Bypass Patients Get Sleepy After Eating?

Have you noticed since your WLS and return to regular... Read More

Weight Loss: The A Factor - The #1 Secret to Sticking to Your Weight Loss Program!

Twenty years ago, I did not expect to accomplish what... Read More

Weight Loss Tips, Tricks, and Tactics - Part 1

I personal lost 60 pounds in 2003. Here are some... Read More

Ancient Secret for Weight Loss

"THE SECRET REMEDY OF THE ANCIENT WARRIORS"Since what would seem... Read More

Snooze to Lose Pounds

If you want to find a way to lose weight... Read More

Ultimate Weight Loss: Ephedra is Back?

I had some questions come in about Ephedra. So I... Read More

Weight Loss for Good ? If Only You Had Known?

Whether coming from a close friend, the nightly news or... Read More

Dieting? More is Not Better

Exercising too hardThis is probably the most common mistake. As... Read More

The Right Way to Eat for Better Health and Weight Loss

Did you know that how and when you eat is... Read More

Why is it so EASY to GAIN WEIGHT during the HOLIDAYS?

I'm sure you have pondered this question, for it is... Read More

How to Do the Atkins Diet Right?

Let me tell you something - if you are doing... Read More

Easy Weight Loss

A really easy, fast way to weight loss is walking... Read More