The Secret to Achieving Permanent Weight Loss in the New Year

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For many people, January is the most important month of each year. It is the month when most of us feel renewed, refreshed and full of hope and promise. It is also the month during which people start working towards their goals to lose weight, get healthy and become physically fit. Unfortunately, without proper planning and foresight about 90% of these goals result in failure and this usually occurs by January 31st. If you have resolved to lose weight in 2013, here are three tips for making your weight loss a success, permanently:

1. Understand the significance of the calorie.

A basic understanding of how calories work is essential to a successful and safe weight loss. Calories are obtained from food sources (i.e. carbohydrate, fat and protein) and serve as fuel for the body to carry out vital functions like breathing, eating and sleeping. In addition, calories fuel all types of physical activity from taking a shower to strenuous exercise.

There are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat; therefore, if 3,500 calories are accumulated within the body over a given period of time, a calorie surplus occurs resulting in a net weight gain of one pound. On the flip side, if 3,500 calories are expended over a given period of time through physical activity, a calorie deficit occurs resulting in a net weight loss of one pound. When the amount of calories consumed from food sources is equal to the amount of calories expended through physical activity, no weight gain or weight loss occurs.

With that said, in order to lose weight, the amount of calories expended must exceed the amount of calories consumed until the desired weight loss is achieved. Once this occurs, the amount of calories expended must continue to equal the amount of calories consumed in order to maintain the desired weight overtime. 

2. Set realistic goals.

It is virtually impossible to achieve permanent weight loss without setting short- and long-term goals. Above all, these goals must be realistic. If you have a goal of losing 100 pounds by the summer this is not very realistic. Considering that there are...

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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.

Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you.  If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise.  However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.

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