Consider yourself lucky and your friends envious in you can eat whatever you want without gaining a pound. Having a higher metabolism can burn up to 300 extra calories per day by just being you. If your body senses extra calories it turns up the furnace and burns them off faster. Your loved one will also praise you on a cold winter night because your body will be so warm.

Unfortunately, your tendency to gain weight has connections to heredity. This means that there are genes in your DNA and that determines how and when your body earns calories. If the average weight between your two parents is high then you have to work harder to stay at your ideal weight. One motivation would be to try to stay at a lower weight than your parents are.

Willpower is critical in your quest to lose weight and keep it off. If you have enough willpower to resist delicious snacks than this will help substantially to keep your weight under control. It does not seem fair that the snacks that are hardest to resist are the ones that are highest in calories including sugars and fats. You can't resist these, you may never be able to lose weight.

Feeling hungry before meals is perfectly normal and there is no need for concern, however, feeling hungry most of the day could be the result of a condition in the brain that fails to tell your body when its full. If your appetite is not shut off after a meal, you will feel hungry most of the time which will cause you eat more and will most likely lead to substantial weight gain. Appetite suppressants have not been proven to help people lose weight.

Most people get by with three meals per day. Having more than three small meals per day is not necessarily bad and can actually help you control your weight by keeping your metabolic rate more even throughout the day. However, having several large meals per day will greatly increase your caloric intake and will lead to substantial weight gain. If you must eat more than three meals per day, reducing the size of each meal will have a large impact on your daily caloric intake.

The average meal should contain three or four servings in total. If you prefer more variety in a meal and like to have more than three or four items, simply reducing the portion size of each item will still allow this. Many restaurants, including fast food establishments, serve very large portions which can sometimes exceed 10 servings for just one meal. These super sized meals are a major contributor to the obesity epidemic in this country.

Some people eat to live while others live to eat. Unless you work in an eating establishment, food should only be on your mind during preparation and the meal itself. If you are always thinking about food it might indicate that you are hungry all the time. Your brain may be failing to tell your body when it is full. This condition is the number one cause of severe obesity.

Skipping meals or not eating at all is not only dangerous but will actually lead to long-term weight gain. The only weight lost during these type of diets is water and muscle mass. The more muscle mass you have the more calories your body burns, so reducing muscle mass leads to weight gain. Skipping meals and fasting also causes your metabolism to slow down which means you will burn less calories and gain weight. Reducing caloric intake slowly over time will not only be easier to sustain, but is a healthy way to achieve your goal of long-term weight-loss.

The only way a diet can work is for you to stick to it on a permanent basis. Having a special treat every once in a while is perfectly okay and can actually help you sustain your diet. Once a diet is stopped, whether it be one month one week or one day, the weight will come right back on. Starting and stopping diets will only confuse the body, reduce your metabolism and lead to long-term weight gain.

When it comes to weight our bodies are like a spring. You are basically born with a predetermined weight which you'll will remain within a few pounds of under normal conditions. Any kind of outside forces, such as our abundance of high calorie foods, will cause your weight to fluctuate. The further you are from your normal weight, the more work it will take to sustain it, similar to pushing and pulling on a spring. Your past is the best place to look to figure out your predetermined weight.

You fall into a category where your main concern is to remain at a healthy weight. Simply being overweight or above your desired weight does not necessarily mean it is unhealthy. There are countless overweight people who live full and healthy lives. You can do the same by simply exercising regularly and eating healthy foods and not being concerned about being super thin. Doing so will help reduce your risk of weight related illnesses including heart disease and diabetes. Your main goal is to remain below the obesity threshold as that is where a more serious health concerns arise. Any attempt at losing a substantial amount of weight in a short period of time could cause far more serious health issues than simply being overweight.

People in your category may have to put in a little more effort into achieving your desired weight, but there is no reason why you cannot achieve this goal. The best way to achieve your desired weight is to realize that it will be a constant ongoing process. If you can fit exercise and eating habits into your permanent lifestyle then you will be able to lose the weight and keep it off. Simply put, staying at a desired weight is a lifestyle and not a behavior that you only practice when it's convenient. Realizing this will make a big difference in your level of success.

You are in the mainstream when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. This is by far the largest group. You don't have it any easier or harder than the average person when it comes to weight loss. Simply following the proper guidelines and sticking to them will almost guarantee success in achieving your desired weight. A little motivation can go a long way in this category. A balanced diet and exercise regimen that is built into your lifestyle will make staying at your desired weight effortless and even enjoyable.

Congratulations! You are one of the lucky few that can keep your weight under control with very little effort. You still need to be aware that the weight can sneak on over time and as you age. Just living a healthy lifestyle will assure that your weight will remain healthy as well. Exercising regularly for cardiovascular and similar health reasons will also be enough to keep your weight steady. However, even someone in your category needs to watch those delicious-calorie snacks. This is especially true when eating out at restaurants as portion sizes have grown dramatically over the decades. Eating healthy meals and balancing your diet will not only keep you healthy, but allow you to keep your mind off your weight as well.

Wow, your friends and family must really envy you! You probably wonder what all this fuss is about concerning losing weight and keeping it off. You are very lucky that you have been able to escape one of the most common ailments people face in this country. As thin as you are, there are still many other reasons to exercise and eat well. Exercise is good for the entire body including the heart, the brain and of course the muscles. A good diet is essential for obtaining the many vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Eating well and exercising regularly will help to extend your life and to make that life a much healthier one. You will be much less likely to get diseases and will have more strength and energy later in life.


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How well can you lose weight and keep it off? by Susanne Brown RSS Feed AddThis Social Bookmark Button

You can get a very good idea about how difficult or easy it will be for you to lose weight and keep it off. Simply answer the following questions as honestly as you can to achieve the best and most accurate results. After pressing the submit button, you will be presented with a description regarding your chances of achieving that goal of getting to your desired weight. The higher your ranking, the better. Again, the most important thing is to be honest and accurate with your answers.

Your results will appear here.

1. Which best describes your metabolism?

a) If I eat whatever I want I won't gain a pound
b) if I eat whatever I want I might gain a little
c) if I eat whatever I want I will gain weight
d) if I eat whatever I want I would become huge


2. Which best describes the average weight between your two parents?

a) Thin
b) Average
c) Overweight
d) Obese


3. Which best describes your willpower if high sugar and fat snacks were readily available?

a) I would not really notice them
b) I would notice them and with some effort avoid them
c) I would have to have a serving or two
d) I would not be able to resist at all and eat several servings


4. How often do you feel hungry?

a) About three times per day or every six hours
b) About five times per day or every three hours
c) Most of the day
d) Constantly


5. How often do you eat in a day?

a) Three times
b) Four times
c) Five times
d) More than six times


6. How much do you eat at a meal if you include all courses?

a) About three total servings
b) About four total servings
c) About five total servings
d) More than six servings


7. How often do you think about food?

a) Only at meals
b) Before and at meals
c) Most of the day
d) All day


8. How do you typically diet?

a) I reduce high calorie foods slowly over time
b) I change what I eat substantially
c) I only eat one meal per day
d) I totally fast


9. How long does your typical diet last?

a) It's always ongoing
b) One month
c) One week
d) One day


10. What has been your average weight throughout your life?

a) Thin
b) Average
c) Overweight
d) Obese


About the Author

Susanne Brown works for Softgame Company, maker of card games, video poker and puzzles. She works on the company web sites and does editorial work.

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