For many people dieting is an obsession. Calorie counting and exercise can be a battle, and one that many find themselves loosing. Trying to lose weight can rule your life, yet with some planning and simple mathematics, dieting and weight loss need not be a fight that you can’t win. The simple fact about weight loss is that you need to burn off more calories than you eat. Like all simple facts this one is not always as simple as it sounds.
There are two straightforward ways to achieving weight loss – and maintaining a healthy weight. Eat fewer calories and exercise more frequently. Exercise does not mean you have to join a gym or spend a lot of money on all manner of equipment. The key is regular physical activity, 30 minutes a day of moderate-level exercise is recommend by American and UK health bodies. This can be split into short 10 minute workouts.
Another trick is not to rush out and start an exercise regime that you are not used too, as you will be less likely to keep to this. Build your programme over a time that suits you. Start with ten minutes a day, for a week, two weeks or three. Let your body get used to this new idea, and you will have more success in reaching your goals. Once you and your reluctant body are used to this new idea, keep at it. We all miss the odd session of course, but if you miss one don't give up!. Don't try to over-compensate either, stick to your limits and stick to your routine.
Eating – you are allowed to continue doing this! Don't start your weight-loss programme by cutting out meals.If you are overweight, your body will miss its regular calorie intake and will compensate by forcing you against your will into the nearest cake shop or fast food outlet for a boost of high energy, sugary, fattening food.
It's a good idea to work out your normal calorie intake by keeping a food diary for three or four days. Most of Wii Fitness games come with diaries were you can input your daily intake and register the exact amount of calories you need to burn. This will help you judge just how many calories you are overeating by and then you are in a better position to reduce them. Again, don't use the slash and burn approach. If you are overeating by 1000 calories, look at reducing this total by 100 calories for a few days. Then another 100 and so on. If you are exercising you will feel hungrier, if you are reducing your calorie intake drastically, you will feel hungrier. The more extreme you are at the start of your regime, the more likely you are to fail.
Think of a weight loss programme as an investment for you and your family. An extra nine years of lifespan is worth spending a little time on achieving. Be realistic in your goals, and in a short period you will find that you are regularly eating the right amount of calories, and burning off any excess. Start slow and small, build up, and you will succeed!
Dieting and exercise of this sort combined can have a real impact on weight. With tools as part of the game to measure the amount of calories you are burning, Wii games keep your motivation going in ways that other types of sport and physical exercise can’t.