Too many people begin a weight loss regimen without knowing what their body does and why. The body stores energy in the fat cells attached to muscles. Working out the muscles builds muscle mass and destroys fat cells. Muscle weighs more than fat. As the fat is burned off, dieters will lose inches before they lose pounds. These five points will help dieters better understand their bodies.
1. Everyone’s metabolism is different. If dieters work out religiously and still aren’t losing weight, they might have a thyroid problem. The thyroid is the traffic cop of hormones. It tells which ones where to go. If the thyroid isn’t working, the metabolism can’t be spurred to action for the dieter to lose weight. Have it checked out.
2. Mind over matter. Obviously, there is no stress at a weight loss camp for adults. The mind is engaged in learning new habits and motivations, while the body is suitably influenced. Stressed out, emotional or sleep deprived dieters are cheating their bodies of the proper atmosphere in which to lose weight. Dieters using aromatherapy or music in a hot bubbly bath can de-stress their minds. Getting enough restful sleep is vital to weight loss. Clear the mind of unsuitable things, and the body will follow.
3. Water is not the enemy. The body uses water to pack around an injured or stressed body part for protection. During exercise, water cushions the muscles being worked out; water also passes necessary glycogen to the muscles for nutrition. The body will shed the water in due time, but it is there for the body’s good. Don’t sweat it.
4. Food can be the enemy. It’s an odd thing to say, but it’s true. Protein is necessary before a workout, because the muscles need it. Carbs are important after a workout, because they replace the burned off energy. Adult fat camps give their attendees meats, eggs and peanut butter before a workout. They receive fruits and veggies following one. Giving the body the foods it needs before and after a workout gives a dieter a better prepared body.
5. Give it time. The body needs time to adjust to the dieter’s new activities and diet. There will be a period when no obvious change happens. The body needs time to get used to less calories coming in. It needs time to adjust to the exercise, before it shows promise.