A healthy diet starts with exercise
Many people wonder how they can maintain a healthy weight without starving themselves. It is important for every would be dieter to understand that a healthy diet starts with exercise. Without a solid exercise plan, it will be almost impossible to maintain a weight loss over the long term.
That is because virtually any diet can help you lose weight over the short term. Simply cutting back on calories while maintaining your normal schedule will certainly allow you to lose weight, at least in the short term.
The problem with dieting alone
The problem with this approach, of course, is that it is difficult to maintain. Eventually you will grow tired of the same old restricted calorie diet, and when you stop eating that diet, the weight will quickly return. Worse yet, many yoyo dieters end up gaining more weight than they lost, making it than much more difficult to lose weight the next time. In addition, this type of up and down weight gain and loss has been found to be even more dangerous than being overweight.
The key thing to remember therefore is that a healthy diet starts with exercise. Exercise should be the cornerstone of any diet program, and without a solid exercise plan in place it will be virtually impossible to maintain any weight loss you do achieve through diet alone.
Fortunately, it is not necessary to exercise like a fiend to achieve a healthy weight loss. Studies have shown that you can gain significant health benefits simply by exercising a few times a week, for as little as 20 minutes each day. That means that simply taking a walk around your neighborhood three or four times a year can be remarkably effective.
Take it easy
Of course more strenuous exercise is always an option, but it is important not to push yourself too soon. If you introduce strenuous exercise into your exercise plan too quickly you could risk an injury, and that could set your diet and exercise plan back further.
For those times when it is too hot, too cold or too rainy to enjoy a walk or a run in the great outdoors, there are a number of excellent pieces of exercise equipment on the market. There are a number of excellent pieces, including the good old exercise bike and treadmill to the newest elliptical trainers and similar equipment.
The most important thing to look for when purchasing exercise equipment is a piece of equipment that you will use. When shopping for such equipment, be sure to remember that a healthy diet starts with exercise, and buy your equipment accordingly. A piece of exercise equipment that is too difficult or too cumbersome to use will quickly become a clothes hanger, and you will not gain the benefits of regular exercise.
Whether you get your exercise through your exercise equipment, the old fashioned way of taking a walk or going for a run, or a combination of both approaches, the most important thing is that you get started and get started as soon as possible. The sooner you start your exercise program the sooner you will be able to reap the many rewards of such a program.