Natural weight loss occurs when you make small changes to your current lifestyle that pay off with big health dividends. You can make the shift to healthy weight loss to improve your overall fitness, and to help decrease your risk for falling victim to diseases exacerbated by excess weight, such as diabetes and heart disease. You will help yourself stay motivated by charting your progress.
Most weight loss plans advise you to keep track of how much you are eating and the types of foods you are consuming, along with keeping a record of how much physical exercise you are getting. There are paper and, even easier to use, online charts that help you record your daily food intake and your exercise output, so you can calculate when you will reach your weight loss goal.
Keeping track of workouts will consist of recording what you did, how long you did it and to what intensity. It is very motivating to see in writing or on the computer screen exactly where you started, and how far you have come over time and effort to reach a healthier fitness level. Healthy weight loss happens when you cut back a little on your food intake, and increase your exercise level a bit.
Keeping a record of your workout schedule also makes sure you have put in place a balanced workout program. You will want to allow some of your alloted exercise time to cardiovascular activity, weight training and stretching. Your heart is a muscle, and needs cardiovascular workouts to keep it fit. Your muscles need weight-bearing training in order to strengthen them. Strong muscles help support your body, so that nearby muscles will carry less of a chance of injury. Stretching helps to lengthen your muscles, which are contracted during cardiovascular and weight training, and simply make many daily tasks, such as reaching your toes or protecting your back from injury, much more attainable.
Food diaries, along with workout records, help you make sure you are eating properly, and also help motivate you to continue on with your newly established healthy habits. Online food diaries are wonderful to use for several reasons. All you need to do is type in the name of the food you have planned to eat and the quantity, and a high-quality food diary that has access to a large database of foods will analyze your diet and tell you how many calories are in each food and what is their breakdown in terms of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. The computer does all the work for you, and this information will let you know if you are staying within the calorie range that will help you lose weight at a healthy level, whether you are eating too much or too little.
Keeping a food diary and workout journal will provide a motivating factor that will help to keep you inspired as you reach your health goals.