Weight Loss Guide
People gain weight when they consume more calories than they need. Without an exercise regime to work off the excess energy, the body stores it as fat, for future use.
Published: Wednesday 14 December 2016
Weight loss can be boiled down to three main elements. First, a healthy diet. This 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. Keep you 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.
The second key to weight loss is activity. 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.
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 workout such as gardening, zumba, biking and trekking.
Third, you will need titanic willpower to continue to resist those finger-licking doughnut holes, cajun fries and freakshakes. So here are a few tips to make it go further:
- Control your portions
- Replace any sweets and high-fat goodies with fruit and vegetables
- Make small changes to your day to include more exercise - climbing the stairs, biking to work, walking to the station.
- Plan your meals and snacks to avoid temptation
- Don’t shop hungry to avoid impulsive purchases
- Drink water! It’s excellent for just about everything from metabolism to improving skin blemishes and losing weight.