Weight control is something that everybody gives conflicting advice about. Rather than give you specifics that someone else is going to immediately say is opposite of how it really works (why is it always opposing advice, anyway?), I’ll just stick with a few fundamentals to help you build or decide on a weight control program for yourself. These fundamentals are stress and dieting. By the time you’re done reading this article, you’re going to be able to choose for yourself a program or plan to help you control your weight.
Why have I labeled stress as a fundamental for weight control? Here’s the thing: stress makes you fat. I don’t really care why, but it has something to do with cortisol. If you’re really that interested in the why, look it up on Google or Associated Content. The point is, stress is bad for your belly. Good ways to keep your stress levels low are exercise and meditation.
Exercise helps with stress by increasing the feel-good chemicals in your body. It also raises your stress tolerance a little bit, if you’re doing the right kinds of exercise. Exercise will reduce your stress, and thus, your fat levels. Exercise is also addictive, so if you start exercising, and make it a habit for a month, you’re going to get addicted to it, and you’ll definitely keep yourself trim and in shape by being addicted to exercise. Then, there’s meditation.
Meditation here is in reference to a state of mind, not any particular method or school of meditation. Any time when you’re doing something (or nothing) and you’re fully present in the moment, not off in your own head, imagining this scenario or that, you’re in a form of meditation. This is the type that I am suggesting. It could mean anything from just paying more attention while you wash your dishes, or throwing yourself into your cleaning, or really enjoying a drive through the country. However YOU need to do it, do it. That doesn’t mean that sitting in the lotus position thinking nothing is unnecessary. It is just too advanced for someone who is just looking to use meditation as a form of stress relief.
I’m going to talk about two types of dieting for weight control: cutting consumption, and fasting. With cutting consumption, which is what most people think of when they hear the word “diet”, there’s really two guidelines you need to follow for a weight control diet. You must never cut more than 15% of your diet if you want to sustain that lower weight. Your cutting more than 15% will throw your body into starvation mode, at which point, it will begin purposefully retaining and storing fat reserves.
With fasting, you need to be careful. Fasting is not something that was originally meant to be a weight control mechanism. A few guidelines for fasting for weight control are as follows: Don’t fast more than one day a week. Also, prepare for your fasts before hand. Eat only plant material for a number of days before and after your fast days equal to the number of your fasting days. Always drink more than enough water during your fast days to make up for the water you would be getting from food instead. If anyone recommends more than one day a week of fasting for weight control purposes, they’re giving you bad advice. You’ll end up anorexic that way.
I’m a very healthy sized man (six foot and two hundred pounds of lean muscle), and I have fasted the one-day a week method before. It’s actually refreshing on the fast days. But don’t worry about fasting so much. Exercise and meditation for stress reduction will always out-perform any diet changes in the long run. Reducing the sustained stress your body is under is of utmost importance if you’re trying to control your weight. If you need a more comprehensive plan for losing weight, you can go here , and if you’d like to take a look at some of my other articles on weight loss and other interesting topics, go here .