Diets will always be popular because humans will always want to try to look good. We know America is “overweight” because we hear it on the news all the time and see it when we walk down the streets. Advertisements for diets and exercise are constant. Some diets and exercise regiments are about less calories, some are about eating small portions and others about burning fat. What does it all mean and which is better for you?
“A calorie is a unit of measurement, and is commonly used to describe the amount of energy that is present in the foods that we eat.” http://www.mahalo.com/calories
The energy from calories is vital to our bodies because they help us do our everyday regiments. Calories consist of carbohydrates, fat, protein and alcohol. Too many fat or carb calories are not healthy.
If you would like to lose weight to “burn” calories, you can dance, swim, play with the kids, take a walk and more. Most movement burns calories – even typing words on a keyboard.
Sometimes there is nothing like a big bowl of pasta on a cold night, however, that big bowl of pasta is probably three servings. Serving size, which you can find on cans, boxes and labels for food, are much smaller than most people realize. If we stick to serving sizes, we would eat less and probably maintain a healthier, slimmer physique – as long as you exercise safely as well.
Portion control can be a great way to diet because you are not necessarily counting your calories or determining fat, but rather you are slimming down your meal sizes – so instead of two chicken legs, a cup of rice and a bowl of salad, you have one chicken leg, 1/2 a cup of rice and salad. If you are hungry, at first, after trying to eat smaller portions, it is suggested to snack on carrot sticks or celery that have no calories and no fat.
So what does that really mean? How can you burn fat or rid your body of actual fat? The statement, “burn fat” seems like unlikely. How can you shed fat off of, from inside of or on your body?
Fat is what can replace muscle when the body is dormant or stagnant. Exercise is usually the number one recommendation for burning or getting rid of fat. Eating less calories does help, however, one must also exercise in order to build muscle and tone down their fat.
Aerobic exercise is a great way to burn calories fast, but fat at a slower rate. Weight training can be the opposite, less calorie burning, but more fat burning, so doing both in moderation, or at a speed that is healthy for you and your trainer, (along with a portion control) is the key to living a healthy life.
*author is not a doctor….article is based on personal experience and research