Losing weight can be a difficult process, one that takes time and dedication. For many of us it is an ongoing struggle of losing weight and putting it all back on within a matter of months. Losing weight isn’t about carrying out a strict diet because when that ends most of us go back to our old ways. It’s about making a lifestyle change and sticking to it. To help you with this I have put together 5 steps that will help you lose weight. They aren’t to be carried out in any particular order, they are simply steps to take.
1. Eat less
The majority of people that are overweight are because they eat too much. The body uses up energy through exercise but if you eat more calories than you burn you will put weight on. The solution is therefore to consume less calories through food and drink on a daily basis. By reducing your calorie intake by just 500 calorie a day you could lose up to 1lb a week.
2. Exercise more
Eating less is one thing but that alone won’t help you shift the weight. Yes it will work at first but the process will begin to slow and eventually the weight won’t budge. In order to shift the rest you are required to move your body. This will burn away the calories you are consuming so that fat isn’t stored in the body. By combining less food and more exercise you will be able to reach your goals in manageable steps.
3. Balanced meals
Once you have the eating less and exercising more concept figured out it is a good idea to be aware of what you are eating. If you have a balanced diet you are much more likely to lose weight. Not only will it help you to lose weight but it will make sure that your body is healthy. A balanced diet provides the body with the nutrients it needs to fight off colds and infections, prevent heart disease and diabetes plus much more.
4. Know when your full
It can take up to 20 minutes for the brain to register that you are full. If you eat your food quickly you may find yourself eating an entire plate of it only to realize 20 minutes later that you are over full and feeling very sick. To prevent this take your time when eating a meal so that you recognize when you are full. If you feel full stop eating, you don’t need any more food and continuing to eat will result in weight gain.
5. Say no to sweeteners
Low calorie food and drink is filled with sweeteners, something we are led to believe is good for us. They are however falsely leading us as a sweetener can in fact make you feel hungrier than you would if you had the real thing. The body recognizes whether or not you have had a sugar kick and if it doesn’t get one it will continue to ask for one. This can result in overeating, something you want to avoid.
Emma is a keen writer who has an interest in health and fitness matters. She currently writes for Goldstar Supplements, suppliers of supplements such as Oxylean.