Almost all of us can think of a time when we have been looking in the mirror and wondering what it would take it to get back in shape. Getting into shape is the sort of thing that happens everywhere; those who are in shape see good fitness and good eating as a lifestyle change rather than a specific “diet” plan. Millions of people each year sign up for the gym, or decide to go on a diet, in hopes of promoting good health. Most of them fail, though, because they do not have a solid understanding of the process.
This paper will inform readers on how to get into shape. It is meant for any person who has gotten tired of being out of shape. It accomplishes the goal of leaving readers with a lower body weight, more strength, and ultimately more confidence. It can be used anywhere, and in fact, if one is going to get into shape, it should be used everywhere, and at every point in a person’s life. Getting into is about understanding the intake of calories and the burning of energy.
Not every person undergoing this process will get the exact same results because the human body can present different outcomes. However, given that the science on the issue is somewhat uniform, people should get roughly equivalent results. The sequence is mostly chronological; you will start at the beginning and work your way toward a goal. The nature of getting into shape means that you may miss a step or two along the way. The important thing is to get back into the plan because every day lost is putting you further away from the desired outcome.
The first step is to change one’s eating habits. In order to lose weight, a person needs to burn more calories than he or she takes in during a given day. Calories are energy that the body needs in order to function. While each person will have a different basal metabolic rate—the rate at which their body processes energy—bodies function largely the same way regardless. Importantly, when the body does not receive the calories it needs through food, it will begin to break down itself. The body will essentially munch on the stored fat a person has, as well as some muscle matter, too. This means that the first step to getting in shape is to come up with a diet plan that reduces the intake of calories a person gets.
There are many ways to do this. The easiest first sub-step is to cut out drinks that have high calorie content. The purpose of calories is to provide fuel for the body, and for a person trying to get into shape, every calorie should have a purpose. Calories that a person drinks are known as “empty calories” because they run up a person’s calorie count without providing the necessary fuel. By replacing sodas with water or a non-calorie drink, a person can ensure that the body is not just storing sugar, which can lead to weight gain.
The next step is to engage in cleaner eating. High-calorie foods include things that are fried and sugary snack foods. These foods provide the body with many calories but do not help to fuel the body as much as other foods. Replacing these junky foods with lean meats will provide the body with what it needs. The goal of clean eating is for a person to feel “full” without having taken up his entire calorie count. When the body takes in fewer calories than it burns, the body will then turn to burning its fat stores, which will lead to positive results overall for the person in question.
From there, it is important to add exercise to the process. Given that a person is dealing with a “calories in-calories out” equation on getting into shape, adding more exercise can help the body burn more of the bad fat that needs to be burned. A simple step is to add a sport to one’s routine. Tennis, for instance, can burn hundreds of calories per hour depending upon a person’s size. The general explanation is to “move more,” whether that means walking up a flight of stairs or going on a run. Exercise adds to the calories burned part of the equation depending upon how much activity a person does during per day. As a sub-step to help in the process, some have found that having an awareness of the total calorie expenditure is something that can help a person improve in their exercise goals. Tools like a Fitbit or other fitness tracker may make it easier to understand that every single thing a person does during the course of a day translates into being one step closer to being in shape.
The process of getting into shape is really about two critical inputs. It is about reducing the number of calories consumed and increasing the number of calories burned. This can be challenging, of course. Social lives and other challenges can put pressure on eating habits while draining people of their time in which to exercise. In order to stick to the process and overcome these things, a person will need to be very intentional with how they plan their day. Getting into shape can improve your quality of life, save you healthcare costs, and allow you to live longer. Following this process can give you a new lease on life.