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Exploring Womanhood > Mind, Body & Soul > Weight Loss & Fitness Channel > Weight Loss

Is Your Weight Loss Program What it Should Be?
by Mary Howard RN

There are a few things you should consider to be sure the weight loss program you have chosen is as safe and effective as it can be. Also, there are effects that you may see, besides weight loss, while you are on a weight loss program.

Any diet should include foods from all the major food groups namely: Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats. Diets that completely exclude any one food group can be very dangerous to your health. Unbalanced diets can lead to extreme cravings and rebound weight gain.

Cravings are frequently a clue that your body is lacking something it needs. For example, if you frequently crave chocolate it may be a sign that you need Magnesium in your diet. Therefore, it is always important to take a good Multivitamin/Mineral supplement while you are part of a weight loss program.

Frequently you will notice a weight loss the first 2 weeks of a diet and then a plateau. That is because a good diet that includes healthy foods and exercise will make you feel better. When you feel better and are more energetic you start replacing fat with muscle. Try measuring your hips, waist and thighs, I'll bet the third and forth week you loose inches instead of pounds.

After you have been on a weight loss program for 4 weeks or more, you might experience what is known as a "Health Crisis." When you start getting rid of some of your fat, any chemically altered substances that your body stored in your fat can start to surface in your blood stream. These toxins can make you feel very weak, tired and sometimes ill. If you have been on certain types of medication for a long time these can also surface in your blood stream in toxic amounts. Therefore, it is always good to let your doctor know you are on a weight loss program.

Don't loose hope at this point just remember to keep plugging away and listen to what your body is telling you. You may need a little extra rest at times. It is important to keep your elimination system going by drinking plenty of pure water and plenty of fruits to keep your colon cleaned out. The quicker you move toxins through your system and out the better.

Make healthy choices with the foods you eat. The less refined a food is, the better it is for you. If you are allowed a certain number of concentrated sweets each day in your diet and you have a choice between a cookie and a piece of fruit, make the healthy choice. Remember "Everything in Moderation", and you will be well on your way to looking better and feeling great.

Mary Howard is Registered Nurse, mother of two, and enjoys natural gardening. She hosts the Homegrown web site. Feel Free to contact her at: gardenrn@sendfree.com

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