Your Questions About Losing Weight

by Maricela on February 12, 2013

Steven asks…

What is the better way to work out for losing weight: working out with weights first and then aerobics or do a?

What is the better way to work out for losing weight: working out with weights first and then aerobics or do aerobics first?

Maricela answers:

Let me put it simply you are not out to lose weight you really are planning to decrease your overall fat composition and increase your muscle mass. Well to begin to answer what type of weight are you interested in losing. I will assume that you are like most Americans and are interested in increasing lean muscle mass. So therefore you wish to decrease your body fat percentage and hopefully increase your metabolism.
Weights properly used combined with a balanced diet are the fastest way to do both. By lifting weights, getting proper rest, and eating a nutritious diet i have found to be a far more effective approach than to spend hours doing aerobics.

Lets face it during a typical 30 minute aerobics session you burn 400 calories eating a typical cheese burger negates that progress. However if you lift free weights i.e. Barbells or dumbells to increase your overall muscle mass so that you burn more calories a day at a more constant rate ;this combined with a diet wholly composed of things other than processed foods you will feel much better in the long run. Now by increasing lean muscle mass i do not mean that you will bulk up to be the incredible hulk. Here are a few things to implement into your workout.

1)high intensity exercise is far more effective than a low intensity exercise such as aerobics. Interval training, sprints and the like..

2)proper diet, adequate sleep, and free weights(diet being the most important)

3)avoiding processed foods and drink lots of water

Lizzie asks…

What is one of the fastest ways to lose weight?

I know losing weight fast is unhealthy. But I don’t care. And if I start losing weight ill work out so I stay toned. I just need something that will work. NO diets. They don’t work. I’ve tried them ALL! Just a quick way to lose weight so I can starts sliming up and then tone.

Maricela answers:

Ways To Lose Weight Fast

3. Limit any treats containing sugar to three times per week. This includes chocolate, desserts, ice cream, cake, cookies, pastries, etc.

4. You should include a lower fat source of protein at most meals: fish, chicken, beans, cottage cheese, or low fat yogurt. Have nuts, eggs and red meat occasionally but not every every single day.

5. You should plan at least one dinner and lunch every week without cheese or meat. Build those meals around whole grains, vegetables and beans to increase fiber and reduce fat.

6. Reduce the fat content in your milk products. If you are currently drinking whole milk, reduce to 2% fat. From 2% reduce to 1%. Choose lower fat cheese and yogurt. When you buy yogurt, also check that it does not contain sugar.

7. Have at least two servings of fruit every day. This can be for dessert or snacks. Choose fruit that is in season.

8. Drink water instead of sodas, juices, milky drinks or alcohol. Avoid diet soda – the sweet taste only encourages you to crave sugar. Hot water with a slice of lemon can be very refreshing in the morning.

9. Include at least two servings of vegetables at lunch and dinner. If you are getting hungry, have more.

10. Eat slowly. The body is slow to register when you are full and it is easy to eat too much if you are racing through your meals.

John asks…

What exercises are most effective for losing weight?

I know you have to drink green tea and plenty of water to help you lose weight, but I’m not sure what exercises are most effective for losing calories? I heard that adbonimal crunches is a very good way for losing weight is that true?

Maricela answers:

A healthy combination between cardio and weight training. Preferably interchangeably. That is by far the best way to lose unwanted weight. Cardio alone will not get the job done. Theres a lot of research behind this. If you’re interested, look up “after burn effect”

Donna asks…

What are the best exercises to lose weight?

I want to start losing weight so what are some good exercises? How long should I work out, and how many times a week should I work out?

Maricela answers:

There are more tips and info.

Some say low carb. Some say high carb. Some say it’s how much food. Some say it’s how much exercise. But none of these covers the whole picture.

How to lose weight naturally is not rocket science. It just takes accepting the facts of these seven natural laws of weight loss, plus good old-fashioned stick-to-itiveness.

Seven Laws of How to Lose Weight Naturally

1. Make a commitment to whatever it takes.
2. Start from a foundation of happiness.
3. Design your own healthy diet plan.
4. Manage your emotions.
5. Find a way to exercise daily.
6. Keep a Journal.
7. Be persistent.

Good Luck and Take care 🙂

Maria asks…

How many carbohydrates should I consume if I want to lose weight?

I weigh193 and have been losing weight steadily over the past 6 months. I have lost a total of 40 pounds. I started eating a diet very low in carbohydrates (20-30). Should I continue eating this few?

Maricela answers:

Losing weight is a simple equation: if you burn more calories than you eat, the weight will come off. Start off by estimating how many calories you burn each day using the calorie calculator http://straighthealth.com/pages/tools/caloriecalclb.html This will give you an idea of how many calories to eat. Healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week. To lose 1 pound per week you need to create a calorie deficit (burn more than you eat) of 500 calories per day. To lose 2 pounds a week, you have to double the deficit to 1000 calories per day. You can achieve this by eating less, exercising more or a combination of both.

Guide to Dieting – http://straighthealth.com/pages/guides/dieting.html
Health, Exercise and Diets – http://straighthealth.com

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