Fitness and Weight Control

If there is one very good way of controlling your body weight and staying in great shape so you feel and look great, that's by keeping yourself as fit as you can.

Fitness is achieved through sufficient daily exercise and when you do this at a reasonable enough level, you will find that your body is naturally burning up all the energy it receives through your diet (as long as that side of your lifestyle is sensible), so there will be no excess fat stored through any unused excess.

fitness and weight controlIf you were to be given some useful tips for losing weight, they would be to make sure that you exercise daily and not trust your fitness and physique to a three time a week jaunt to the local gym. Regular exercise is the key to a healthy and fit looking and feeling body, so why leave this important aspect of your physical health to chance?

What Has Diet Got to Do With It?

Often, people ask what their diet has got to do with anything when they are working out or exercising every day. Well, to a point, the exercises you are doing should negate the need to be all that careful how much you are eating, but you still need to be aware of what your diet is made up of.

It's no good, for instance thinking that because you are burning 3,000 calories a day that you can drink half a dozen cans of regular soda to wash down a king size pizza followed by a large helping of cream cake every day and not still gain weight! You have to operate some discipline in what you eat.

In fact, for your exercises to mean anything, you really need to make sure that you are getting plenty of protein in your daily diet as well as including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. At the same time you should be avoiding processed foods and refined carbohydrates (mostly wheat-based products).

It's also a great idea to make sure that you are drinking lots of plain water to stay properly hydrated. You should definitely not be drinking cans of soda, not even diet soda!

How Much Exercise?

So if your diet is good, then it's normal to wonder just how much exercise you should be doing every day. The short answer is there is no set answer to that question!

The best way to know if what you are doing is enough is to see the results in the mirror and on the scales. If, after several weeks you are still looking a little flabby and your weight is not going down to where it ought to be for your height and build, then you are probably not doing enough and should be stepping things up some.

On the other hand, if you are looking toned, slim and have some nice muscle definition, while the scales are telling you nice things, then you are doing it right and should continue at that level. If that's the case, then the only reason you should be increasing things is if you are training to say run a marathon or get involved in a sports competition of some kind.

In those cases, you will need to keep increasing your time and exercise level to get your self fit enough and with sufficient stamina to compete.

Other than that, if you are looking and feeling good, while enjoying your daily exercise routine, then congratulate yourself for a job well done!

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