Weight loss dos and don’ts

The epidemic number of overweight people in the U.S. is so out of control that the FDA is reevaluating a prescription weight-loss drug that it might make available to the public despite safety concerns.
Obesity is so common that the FDA thinks that combating the health effects of being overweight is more important than officials’
concerns about Qnexa, a drug the FDA rejected two years ago, according to reports.
However, when it comes to weight loss quick fixes are rarely the answer.
The science of studying weight gain/loss shows just about every time that consistent good eating habits and exercise are the real keys to weight loss.
The human body was designed to temporarily store fat when food was
scarce for When food is abundant, the body will quickly burn fat deposits for energy.
What that means is a low-calorie diet actually tells your body to store fat because food is in short supply.
To control whether or not your body stores food or burns it more quickly, eat natural healthy foods and avoid sugars and excess carbohydrates. Eat numerous small meals instead of one or two big ones.
Also, exercise regularly.
Lose weight by exercising at least three times a week for 30 minutes — cardio workouts on a treadmill or elliptical machine are very helpful — and avoid eating too much sugar, which can cause you to store fat.
A sensible long-term approach will beat a fad diet any time.
Keep a reasonable balance between healthy eating and an occasional indulgence, along with regular exercise, and you’ll feel healthy and full of energy.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com