Weight Control is a very important issue with regard to good health and overall fitness. In order to obtain the balance required to control weight and achieve good health, three very important elements are essential to first understand about balancing body composition to control weight. In order to get a handle on excess body fat one has to have a good understanding of nutrition, exercise, and fit healthy lifestyle balance.
1) The nutritional component is a molecular nourishment process within the body where living organisms assimilates food and replaces tissue and stimulates growth. If an organism can’t assimilate all thats put into the body, the excess will be stored as fat.
2) The exercise component is the act of putting the body to work while increasing metabolism, strengthening muscle, tendons, ligaments and bone maintenance and will burn more body fat in the process. Muscle burns more body fat especially during low intensity aerobic exercise like walking, hiking, biking or jogging.
3) The fitness component is the effect of the first two essential elements that also support good health. A healthy fitness level is defined as being the proper shape, size relative to body type and age. This is a fairly simplistic way to define fitness level but essensially is a correct statement. What seems normal and comfortable to you may not necessarily be fit, or healthy.
By now I’m sure you have figured out the first two elements are required within any fitness, or wellness program daily to form healthy lifestyle habits that regulate body weight and a fit body.
Big tip of the day, many weight loss supplements and extreme diet restrictions are very dangerous, and one should never become dependent on them. Any weight loss program based in starvation, under a 1200 calories per day [long term] should be monitored by a physician or nutritionist. Let me be clear, these extreme weight loss diets will mess up the metabolism at some point in time. You may have dramatic weight loss effect for the short term, but as soon as you go off the program, old habits take root when a longterm lifestyle habit has not been form. When this occurs your body will tend to grow bigger with a higher percentage of fat content as you age. Moderation and long term lifestyle change is the key in controlling weight and maintaining the balance of the three important components to stay fit, health and control and manage healthy body weight.
Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET. 2007 Copyright, All rights reserved. Mirror Athlete Inc. @ www.mirrorathlete.org, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.