The best ways to lose weight
We’ve all been there: dieting hard for weeks at a time to make those scale numbers drop, only to find it’s all been put back on after one particularly indulgent holiday season. Whether you’re working towards a goal or just trying to keep yourself level, here are three top tips for staying at an even weight over a prolonged period of time.
1. Food: What Kind, and How Much of it?
First up, the stuff on your plate. Be conscious of it. It’s equally important to be aware of your food when you’re off a diet as when you’re on one. Junk food is fine in moderation, but it shouldn’t make up the majority of the food you’re putting into your body.
A well-balanced meal of vegetables, protein and a high-fibre carbohydrate like rice or pasta is a much better alternative. It can help fill you up, add towards your five-a-day and isn’t crazy in the calories.
Try shifting your eating habits over time towards this end of the scale – a bar of chocolate or a burger every once in a while, but a filling and healthy meal set most of the time, three times a day.
Not all meat, not all veg, not all carbs, but a mix of the lot for a varied set of foods. Adjusting your intake like this will help prevent binging, is relatively guilt-free and can help to maintain that weight loss in a more permanent fashion.
You don’t even have to make it yourself. There are plenty of healthy meals available for takeaway these days, including delicious salads and balanced stir-frys, not just your usual pizza or kebabs. Be wary of quantities regardless of where the food comes from, however. Even the healthiest of meals can be overload when eaten in too large an amount.
2. Staying Active
Exercise, sweaty, uncomfortable and unappetising. Whilst jogging or swimming every day can certainly tone your muscles and contribute to a better overall physique and level of fitness, you don’t have to be an all-star athlete to make exercise work towards your advantage with regards to weight loss. You don’t even have to jog or swim.
Simply walking, cleaning the house and spending more time away from the desk or living room sofa will make a difference. Swap the car out for a bicycle if you’re so inclined, take a football to the park – incorporate hobbies that break the pattern of lethargy. The more you exercise, the more you can eat without putting on any weight. And the more it’s normal for you to exercise, the less of a strain it will seem at the time.
3. Forgive Yourself
This one might seem a bit unorthodox, but it can be easy to spiral when you start to see the number of the scale shift in a more northerly direction, especially if it feels like you’re trying your hardest to keep it level.
Know that your weight fluctuates naturally with changing levels of salt and water in your body, that it may not be permanent, and that if it is, it’s not the end of the world. You’ve lost the weight before, you can lose it again.
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It can be hard to keep track of things, especially when life is at most stressful, so try and incorporate a few of these ideas into your daily routine until they become habits. That way, when things do get difficult, when motivation is low, you’ll have a safety net that even allows for emergency ice cream – in moderation, of course.
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