Many people admit to yo-yo dieting. While fad diets can make you lose weight rapidly, it’s common to put that very same weight back on just as quickly. The best ways to lose weight and keep it off involve making changes to your lifestyle, which you’re willing to commit to for years to come.
This may sound drastic, but these alterations are minor (and need to be consistent.) In helping you look your best and feel confident, your new lifestyle will also be much better for your health.
Learn to love exercising
Exercise burns calories, which we all know helps you lose weight. Once you expend more calories than you take in, your weight will gradually fall. If you’re not used to exercising, your first training session will probably be a shock to the system.
However, as your body gets used to regular exercise, your level of fitness will also increase. You’ll be able to run for the bus or take the stairs without getting breathless, and your body shape will change.
Not everyone is a fan of the gym, but there are endless types of activity you can try. If you’re conscious of working out in front of others, try a home workout DVD. Other recommendations, which you may find enjoyable, as well as beneficial for your weight loss, include:
- hiking and walking
- aerobics / Zumba
- yoga and pilates (I love bikram)
- cycling & spinning
- team sports
Change the way you shop
The best way to lose weight is to combine regular exercise with healthy eating. If you struggle with cravings, or you lack willpower when it comes to dieting, try to avoid buying temptations.
If you don’t have sugary snacks and candy in the house, you won’t eat them. Once you get used to a healthy, clean eating regime, you won’t miss fatty, sugary foods. Focus on ingredients to create healthy home cooked meals when you do your grocery shopping and avoid the unhealthy snack aisle.
Stock up on fruit and vegetables.
Never go shopping when you’re hungry. Research shows you’re much more likely to buy too much and to purchase the wrong foods at this time. Try to plan ahead when you shop to prevent having to come up with ideas for meals after long days at work.
When you’re tired, the lure of takeaways and fast food can be incredibly strong.
Ensure that your diet is balanced
You often hear people talking about cutting out food groups to lose weight. A healthy diet should contain elements of all the food groups to ensure you get all the nutrients you need. Moderate your intake of certain foods, such as fats, and follow a calorie-controlled plan.
Restricting your diet is likely to make you crave foods. Eat healthily in the main, but don’t force yourself to give up everything you love. Everyone deserves a treat from time to time.
The weekend is usually a good time to adopt a slightly more relaxed attitude to eating, provided you’ve stuck to your plan during the week.
There’s nothing more disappointing than losing weight and then putting it back on. Consider the above few pointers will boost your health and help you to maintain a healthy body weight for years to come.