Weight loss and achieving fitness levels for some is easy but for others is a lifelong struggle. Fad, extreme diets and brief sudden exercise surges are customary for those trying to achieve immediate and dramatic weight loss and immediate fitness.
Unfortunately, this type of regime results in increasing risk of injuries and unsustainable weight loss.
Our body weight is made up of bone, muscle, organs and body fat – our aim in remaining healthy is to eliminate the unnecessary body fat while at the same time improving cardiovascular fitness.
This body fat includes both the visible deposits around the tummy, back, buttocks, legs etc and the invisible fatty deposits surrounding the internal organs, liver, heart, kidneys etc.
The most recent research is moving away from the idea of using BMI ( Body mass index) and more toward waist circumference ( representing tummy fat) as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The idea being that if we can eliminate tummy fat, we are eliminating it from around our organs too.
Obviously, the approach is not the same for everyone – some are able for an intensive nutrition and fitness programme that focuses on body fat loss and improved cardiovascular fitness.
For others, the goals and results are the same but are reached gradually through specific, subtle changes to the diet and activity levels that are not too demanding and as a result are sustainable in the long term.