The following article offers some practical tips and guidance for those wanting to lose weight. Obesity and the likelihood of being overweight is becoming evermore present in the British population. A high proportion of adults are gaining weight without realising how easily it could be avoided.
In the busy world of today it’s often difficult to find time to exercise and also convenient to make food choices that are not thought through. Many food companies are fooling the consumers by marketing to persuade us they are healthy. The healthiest food choices rarely have labels stating how good they are for you.
It is well known that the key to leading a healthy life is eating a balanced diet and keeping active. Although healthy choices in the supermarket are not always as healthy as they
seem. Often foods such as yogurts are labelled as low fat and display pictures of active people or healthy fruit. What the label does not show is that the product is in high sugar and has minimal fruit content. The healthiest food choices are rarely jumping out for your attention with such statements. For anyone wishing to shift some excess weight, when buying a product check the sugar and fat content per 100g, ideally keeping as close to 5.0g per 100g for both fat and sugar. Just because a product is labelled ‘healthy’ does not mean that it is nutritious or good for you.
Trying to follow diets that are too low in calories are unsustainable and may reduce the chances of being at a healthy weight ‘long term’. This is because eating too few calories can slow you metabolism down. When the dieter goes back to their normal pattern of eating the body is likely to sore fat to account for periods of low calorie intake. This process can be known as Yo-Yo dieting.
It is possible for you to reduce your intake of calories by making some small changes to your diet. Body weight depends on a balance between ‘calories consumed’ and ‘calories burned’. Weight increases when the calories we consume are to high, or when we burn insufficient calories through physical activity, or a combination of the two. You will need to reduce calories if you find you are ‘overfilling the tank’.
The best way of reducing weight is by targeting high-fat foods and alcohol because these don’t satisfy the appetite and it’s easy to consume too much. A quick method for working out a good calorie target for weight loss is to take 350 calories off the recommended energy intake for men and women. This gives a target of 2,150 calories for men and 1,550 calories for women.
If you are not overweight, it’s important to maintain calories at the recommended level of 2,500 for men and 1,900 for women. Alternatively, if you prefer to keep you calories similar to the daily recommended amount, you can increase your physical activity levels to decrease any excess weight. Exercise not only helps you stay at a healthy weight but gives you bags of energy and has many physical health benefits. Exercise will tone your muscles, help posture, improve fitness and can increase you metabolism. Try to do an activity you enjoy and if possible train with another person. Be realistic in your training plans and tie any training in with daily activities, plan to do something at a set time, when other commitments will not distract you.