Being Slim And Healthy For A Lifetime!
Thousands of people are trying to lose weight at any given time. Most fail to lose much weight. Some people do lose some weight for some time on one slimming program or another and then regain most of it, or more, a few months later. Not many slim down completely and fewer manage to stay slim permanently.
Why does this happen?
It is because most of these people fall prey to the much advertised, commercial, ‘mercenary’ slimming programs selling various degrees of starvation under the disguise of completely bogus, so called treatments or to the ever burgeoning health clubs selling you the dream of a perfectly sculpted, muscular body, doesn’t matter if you are a man, woman or an adolescent.
Most slimming programs advertise heavily and make tall claims about slimming you on some ‘revolutionary’, brand new therapy.
Such bogus treatments put you on either some fad diets or food packs replacing meals or some so called slimming machines and massages or some so called magical slimming medicines that are supposed to correct your metabolism and slim you while you eat all you want and never exercise! Their advertisements are very enticing! Imagine slimming down perfectly without doing anything yourself! Far too tempting and very easy to fall prey to!
In reality none of the above so called treatments has anything to do with slimming. They all invariably put you on low calorie diets bordering on starvation. On these diets, you are inevitably going to suffer from grave side effects and regain more weight than you actually lost as soon as you start eating normal, everyday food. There is absolutely no way you can continue on a poor, low calorie diet for a life time.
On the other hand health clubs put you on mindless and unscientific weight training programs coupled with poor diets and expensive protein supplements. Such programs too cannot be sustained permanently. Most often, they inflict nothing but injuries.
No wonder innocent lay people are gullible enough to fall prey to such treatments; even doctors are known to fall for such gimmicks.
Evidently, our best chance of maintaining weight after slimming down is losing weight on normal, everyday food and simple exercises that can be continued for a life time.
Unless we slim down on our own normal, everyday food, which is the absolutely healthy food for us, we have no chance of staying slim permanently. Chapati, bhakri, rice, dal, vegetables, milk and fruit and fish, if you are a non-vegetarian, comprise excellent nutrition. Idli, dosa, sambar are equally healthy if you are a South Indian.
In short, you must slim down on your ethnic food and not on any contrived, artificial diet that must be stopped sooner or later.
The appropriate slimming exercises must all be natural cardiovascular exercises which include the simplest range of exercises viz. walking, jogging, running, cycling, dancing and swimming. You may even use a treadmill, an elliptical trainer or an exercise cycle to lose weight. Even if you discontinue use of this equipment, you will have no problem maintaining weight even if you can walk adequately on long term basis. Simple walking is by far the easiest option of all exercises and most people on our ‘Distance Program’ find out that slimming and maintaining weight on walking alone is very much possible.
Thus you can eat healthy, normal, everyday food in about four meals including breakfast, lunch, an evening meal and dinner plus ample milk and fruits in between and at least walk briskly for half an hour everyday and keep off all the lost weight and stay fit and healthy permanently. Be peaceful, happy and contented along with this and you can protect yourself from high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease too!
If eating healthy and walking can become as natural to you as bathing and brushing your teeth, you have won your battle against obesity for a life time!
To summarize, it is not difficult to be slim, fit and healthy for a lifetime, but you must be prepared to take up a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy, at least walk regularly, rest sufficiently and be happy, peaceful and contended!