16 January 2012

Strategies for Successful Weight Loss and Maintenance

Posted by Jody under: Weight Loss .

Year after year, many people make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. For many, this resolve simply means “going on a diet.” Although diet is an important component of a weight management program, it is just that—one component. Physical activity is an essential ingredient of a weight management program that many people often overlook or ignore. Individuals who incorporate regular physical activity into their daily lives are more successful at weight management than those who do not.

One possible reason that individuals do not include regular physical activity in their weight management program may be that they don’t understand what being physically active means. Separating the facts from the fiction is not always easy. For years, Americans were told that they had to exercise 30–40 minutes, at least three days a week, at 80 percent of their maximum heart rate to realize any benefits from exercise. We now know this is not true. How much do you know about physical activity and its effect on weight management? Can you separate the facts from the fiction? To test your knowledge, take the Physical Activity Quiz.

What can you do to achieve your weight loss weight goals this new year? In this article, I discuss many techniques to help you get started and to keep you going. I focus on the importance of lifestyle activity. Let’s begin with a closer look at the specific lifestyle changes in physical activity that promote weight loss and maintenance.

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