WEIGHT LOSS TIPS
These tips and ideas for losing weight are strictly suggestions and must not be taken as medical or scientific advice. They have been collected from various sources and experts but it is essential that before starting any kind of weight loss or exercise plan you seek advice from a medical professional first.
Healthy diets are better than weight loss diets
Stop dieting. Diets have a very low rate of long-term success when it comes to weight loss, based as they are on denial, willpower and frequently bizarre combinations and types of foods. What happens when you have achieved the weight loss and stop the diet? If you go back to your ‘normal’ eating habits, chances are the weight will go back on, leading to yo-yo dieting.
Stop seeing diets as a short term fix to weight loss – there’s no such thing. Focus instead on a combination of sensible eating and exercise for sustainable and gradual weight loss as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Concentrate on the quality of your food, rather than quantity. Eat the best quality food you can afford, go for fresh ingredients and avoid processed food. A little of what you fancy does you good, but limit treats such as junk food to occasional indulgences.
Think about your current exercise routine – It’s scientific
If you want to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume – it’s a simple equation. The best way to do this without resorting to punishing eating patterns is to increase your level of physical activity through exercise. You can achieve results by adding small amounts of exercise, say 30 minutes 3-5 times per week – find something you can enjoy and will be able to keep up.
Increasing your exercise levels will have many other benefits; overall you will become fitter and healthier, have more energy, feel better about yourself and will probably not feel hungry all the time. If you focus on exercise, and other things in your life such as friends, family, hobbies and interests, you will become more fulfilled and food will not become such an important factor.
Don’t use food as an emotional crutch. Recognise the times that you tend to eat when you are not hungry – when you are bored, angry, upset, anxious, stressed or lonely. Identify these triggers and when you feel them coming on, do something else. Phone a friend if you are on your own, have a relaxing bath if you are feeling stressed, exercise if you are frustrated or upset. Food will make you feel better only temporarily, if at all.
The best way to lose weight – Set achievable goals
When thinking about losing weight, define what your real goals are. Do you really want to weigh less, or do you actually want to feel more confident, be fitter, or look good in certain clothes? You may find that adopting a healthier lifestyle and increasing your exercise doesn’t actually change the figures on the scales, but that you have more energy, have less body fat and start to look more toned and firm. Set positive goals, rather than just wishing there was less of you. This really is the best way for you to lose weight and maintain that weight loss.
Once you have defined what you want to achieve, set specific goals and timescales, but make sure these are realistic. For example, ‘lose 5 lbs in 6 weeks’ rather than ‘lose a stone in a month’ or the even vaguer ‘lose a bit of weight’. Having defined and achievable goals will help to motivate you. The most common tip you will hear from someone who has lost weight or a professional who has helped someone else to lose weight is ‘Have a plan and set achievable goals’.
Another well kept secret tip is this; Don’t actually think of it as losing weight, think of it as gaining something else.
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