Losing weight is something that many people want to do. Everyone has their own goals when it comes to achieving a specific weight and some are able to get to this target in a healthier way than others. Shedding the pounds is usually the easy bit. There is a big difference between a quick, temporary loss of weight and a steady, longer-term weight loss program.
Taking shortcuts when trying to lose weight can end up resulting in further health issues. Although it may be human nature for a dieter to take all available options to them in their quest to become a lower weight, most professionals would agree that it is never advisable to do so.
The following five tips are designed to help with your weight management healthily:
1. Keep a food/exercise journal
Keeping track of the food you eat, as well as your daily exercise is a great way to stay on top of your weight loss efforts. You will be able to track your progress, and by having your results written down in black and white you are more likely to stay honest about the work you have put in. Tot up the results each week to see how many calories you have consumed compared to how many you have managed to burn.
2. Learn the weight loss basics
For weight to be lost it’s obvious that you must be using more calories than you are taking in. The number of calories we take in depends on many factors, including our weight, height, age, sex. Making sure you consume enough calories is vitally important for staying healthy, as we use them to perform even the simplest of daily tasks such as breathing and walking. Talking to a medical expert is the best way to figure out how many calories you need, and how many you are able to burn off while remaining in a healthy condition.
3. Slow and steady wins the race
Healthy weight loss is best achieved over a longer period rather than suddenly. A good recommended loss is at around 1 or 2 pounds per week, equating to around 3,500 calories. Cutting your calories by 500 per day therefore should, in theory, help you shed 1 pound of fat in a week. Simple exercises, such as going for a half-hour walk, or eating a smaller meal portion can be suffice when it comes to slowly cutting down on your calorie intake.
4. Check food labels
One of the simplest things you can do is check the amount of calories, salt, fat and saturates the food you are buying has in them. It’s clear that cutting down on fat in your diet is going to help with your weight loss efforts. Of course, an element of fat is important, but in large amounts over your daily recommended limit (which again depends on your age, sex and build), it can be detrimental to your health. All food is now required by law to state how much of each substance it contains, making it easier for you to keep on top of your intake.
5. Join a Weight Loss Group
Losing weight is easier when you have people supporting you. One way to do this would be to join a weight loss group. Meeting up with like-minded people, being weighed and making new friends can help to motivate you in a way like no other. Classes are held across the country, meaning won’t have to travel far to join a group in your local area.