Lean muscle. Weight loss occurs only when calories consumed is less than calories burned. Unfortunately with many calorie-restricting diets, the body thinks it is starving and the metabolic rate slows down to conserve resources. Increasing metabolic rate is much more effective. This is accomplished by increasing lean muscle. Challenge yourself, get a trainer, lift weights...It works!
High fiber foods. I have read that eating more fiber is a good way to prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss. Boosting fiber by 8 grams for every 1, 000 calories resulted in weight loss of about 4 1/2 pounds. If you're consuming 2, 000 calories daily, increase your fiber intake by 16 grams daily. Some of the fiber-rich foods include apples, berries, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, brown rice, beans, and lentils.
Must lower calories. Helpful weight loss diets include natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (without salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits contain natural sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, regardless of where it comes from.
Obesity health risks. If you are overweight (bmi >25) or obese (bmi>30), you are putting yourself at risk of developing multiple health problems, including coronary artery disease (even heart attack), stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon), high blood pressure, atherosclerosis due to dyslipidemia (especially high triglycerides and/or low hdl), gallstones, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, etc.
Reduce carbs . Cut back on carbohydrates including fruit. Stop eating all fried foods. Avoid soy based foods as they inhibit thyroid function. Eat plenty of lean meats and vegetables. These foods will keep you from getting hungry. Drink only water. Consume healthy saturated fats which will stabilize hormone levels.
Metabolic syndrome. As we age, especially with our standard american diet (rich in simple sugars) comes Insulin resistance which leads to type 2 diabetes. We employ then HCG diet in our office followed by a maintenance program focusing on protein & complex carbohydrates. Most of our patients come off their diabetes & hypertension meds as they go through this program. Hcg not fda approved, of course!
Weight loss benefits. If you are overweight or obese, losing as little as 5-10 percent of your body weight may improve many of the problems linked to obesity. If you weigh 200 pounds and overweight/obese, you should try losing 10-20 pounds. The safest way to lose weight is via regular exercise and healthy diet, slowly and steadily, no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week. Even a small weight loss can improve your health.