It’s no secret that we live in a results-oriented era.
Fast food, instant credit and other immediate solutions to problems that may have taken years to create dominate the minds of society.
It’s important to understand that when it comes to losing weight, the body has to go through several changes, all of which take time…especially if you want to go about it the right way.
And the truth is, you do want to go about it the right way. You want your results to come from a safe and structured exercise program and a realistic and enjoyable nutrition regimen, or at least I assume you do because this is how you’ll stick with it for a lifetime.
In order to embrace this concept, it’s necessary to understand that the body needs some time to adapt to the physiological changes that take place when health and fitness are introduced into your life.
Making changes in how your body responds to the stress of exercise requires a level of consistency that takes a little while to implement.
When we engage in a resistance training program, our muscles are being called to deliver the strength necessary to complete the task of lifting a desired weight. If you are only capable of lifting five pounds, then you must practice doing this until it becomes too easy and no longer challenges you. Only when this happens is it time to increase the amount of weight you are lifting, but within the time since starting this activity, your muscles had to increase in size and strength in an effort to require this next level of difficulty.
It works this way in regard to your cardiovascular system as well. Consistent time and effort are necessary to teach your heart to work smarter to pump more blood into your system, enabling a better distribution of oxygen throughout the body.
Again, all of this takes time – but these are the circumstances that promote a safe and healthy method of weight loss.
An ideal amount of weight to drop is approximately 1-2 pounds per week and possibly more if there is a lot of it to lose.
The best way to go about this is to embrace the concept of healthy living and make it something you actually enjoy doing. Then you’ll stick with it, and you won’t be in a hurry.
* Source – http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20047752