6 Simple Changes to Lose Weight

People gain weight when they consume more calories than their bodies need. Without an exercise regime to work off the excess energy, the body stores it for future use.

Published: Monday 16 January 2017

6 Simple Changes to Lose Weight

People gain weight when they consume more calories than their bodies need. Without an exercise regime to work off the excess energy, the body stores it for future use.

Weight loss can be boiled down to a few key changes.

1. A healthy diet

We’ve all heard this before, but do we all know what it means? A healthy diet includes each food group - protein (meat, dairy, pulses, fish, poultry), minerals (vegetables, salt), vitamins (vegetables, fruit), water and carbohydrates (grains, vegetables, fruit) - represented on your plate.

A Healthy Diet

2. Smart snacking

Keep your snacks to a minimum and when you find yourself reaching for that Mars bar, go for a piece of fruit instead as it also contains fibre for digestion and a fraction of the calorie count.

Smart Snacking

3. Control your portions

The human body was engineered in such a way that it is able to function remarkably on minimal energy. For our hunting and foraging ancestors, utilising this energy to its maximum potential was key to survival. But in the 21st century, with a cornucopia of cheap high-energy food available in mammoth proportions around every street corner, the energy piles up and we find ourselves with excess body mass, which brings us to the next point.

Control Your Portions

4. Exercise

Exercise has several benefits: cardio, muscle training, weight loss, mental health, detox, and metabolism are just a few worth mentioning. If equipment-training at the gym is not your thing, try some functional workouts such as gardening, zumba, biking and trekking. Even making small changes to your day - climbing the stairs, biking to work, walking to the station - will add up and you will start to slim your waistline.

Exercise

5. Titanic willpower

To continue to resist those finger-licking doughnut holes, cajun fries and freakshakes, you need to want to do it. Planning your meals can help you avoid temptation and don’t shop hungry or you’ll make impulsive purchases.

Titanic Willpower

6. Drink water!

It’s excellent for just about everything from metabolism to improving skin blemishes and losing weight. So drink up.

Drink Water

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