Globally people who are overweight are exposed to weight loss gizmos, gadgets powders and potions  suggesting instant or rapid weight loss results. Often these products and services are supported by people in white coats and labeled as doctors and similar.

In reality the best way to lose weight is making the decision to take action and then to decide to do what it takes to get to your goals.

Weight loss is best achieved via regular fat burning activity as described below and following a healthy eating regime.

If you have not been doing regular exercise for 3 months or more and / or if you are living with a medical condition that may be affected by participating in exercise it is best to get medical clearance first.

Choosing an exercise modality for weight loss should be a personal choice. There are various exercise activities to choose from such as tennis, squash, walking, cycling, swimming, spinning classes, circuit training, Taebo, the list goes on. It is best to choose something that you enjoy and that will fit into your lifestyle at this point in your life.

Regardless of the type of activity you decide to use, if you want to lose weight you will need something that will allow you to warm up first, then elevate your heart rate to your fat burning zone and maintain it at that intensity for the majority of your fat burning session. You may want to start with 10 to 20 minutes of fat burning (@ 50-60% of your maximum heart rate), 3 or 4 times per week. You can increase the duration of your training sessions as your fitness improves. Ideally you will need to train for 30 to 50 minutes per day in your fat burning zone (and this is key – you have to maintain your heart rate in your fat burning zone), 3 to 5 times per week. Speak to a professional to determine your ideal heart rate.

These general guidelines may help but it is best to consult with a Biokineticist or professional trainer who will incorporate your medical history, current health status, body composition and goals when designing a programme for you.  A registered dietician can design an eating regime to compliment your individual needs.

(Source: Clifford Coetzer)




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