Weight Control

Or What You Should Be Doing Once You Have Achieved Your Weight-Loss Goals

My weight is like the stock market: it has been up and down throughout my life. This wasn't something that just happened. It was something that I allowed to happen. Not that I wanted it to happen, it's just that I wasn't doing a damn thing to prevent it. I allowed it because I was making a crucial mistake. One day, I would be fed up with being overweight. I'd be angry with myself for letting it happen. I would use that anger to give me the determination to lose weight ("Let fury have the hour, anger can be power. D'you know that you can use it?" ~ The Clash), and that worked out just fine. I'd lose the weight and feel great. Then I'd stop everything that I was doing to lose the weight and slip right back into the bad habits that made me overweight in the first place. That was the mistake.

Water is essential to sustain your life. Staying sufficiently hydrated can also help you to lose weight. Drinking too much water, however, can be fatal.

What's so good about water?

Bottled WaterWhen you are dehydrated, metabolism, those chemical processes that keeps your body chugging along, provides you with energy, and keeps those calories burning, run less efficiently. Keeping yourself hydrated helps to keep those chemical processes running more efficiently, helping you to burn more calories and lose weight. However, if you are already drinking enough water and keeping yourself hydrated, drinking more water is not going to make much of a difference. Furthermore, at a certain point, excessive water consumption can be bad for you, very bad. 

Here are a few tips about water that you need to know:

Picture of postal scale with plastic letters spelling out "Counting Calories" on it.If you are concerned about your weight and are looking to lose weight or maintain your weight, it is helpful to set goals and set out to achieve them. Heck, that would even apply to people looking to gain weight.

A really helpful way to set and achieve goals that affect your weight is to determine the amount of calories that you should eat in a day, factoring in your current level of activity, and then counting your daily calorie intake. For people looking to lose weight, you'd want your calorie intake to be below the amount of calories that you should eat in a day. For people looking to maintain weight, you'd want your calories intake to be the the same as or close to the amount of calories that you should eat in a day. For people looking to gain weight, I am downright jealous of you and your "problem," but I'm sure you can guess that you should try to eat more than the amount of calories that you'd need in order to maintain your current weight.