It is no doubt that the healthiest way to lose weight is slow changes in one’s diet regime, as well as adding exercise. Starving oneself or pushing the body to overdo workouts is not an optimal way to lose weight.
What can you do to lose weight in a healthy way?
The body’s source of energy is food, and it stores fat, which means that if we consume more food than the body requires for daily activities and the maintaining of cells, we will gain weight. And, to lose weight, the body must use up these fat stores. This can be done by lessening the quantity of calories you consume and increasing the activity levels.
– Reduce the number of calories slowly but surely
Small changes in your nutrition are best, rather than starving yourself and going back to unhealthy eating habits. For example, you can substitute full-fat milk with semi-skimmed.
– Increase the levels of activity
Those who increase their activity level and also keep up the same diet and calorie intake will undoubtedly manage to lose weight. Any kind of exercising – even a short 20-minute walk – is useful, as each time you exercise, you burn calories and fat. Furthermore, there are many ways of increasing the amount of activity, such as team sports, cycling, swimming, aerobics, running, and walking.
– Reduce calorie intake
What does it mean to be overweight? The body mass index (BMI) is used to assess weight. And thus, a BMI of 18.50 to 25 is considered to be healthy, while over 30 is obese.
It is necessary to alter your current eating habits if you really wish to lose weight, which means most sweets need to be cut out, or rather, they need to be limited and healthier choices made.
There are, however, no shortcuts to weight loss – consuming 300-500 calories less a day should result in a loss of 1 or 2 pounds a week, which is a realistic objective. Of all the food types (carbs, protein), it is fat which has the largest amount of calories and thus it is necessary to cut down on all fatty foods and consume more wholegrain bread, as well as fruits and vegetables.
You can reduce calorie intake slowly and surely by, for instance, reducing the sugar in your tea or coffee, replacing fizzy drinks with water, eating less amounts of food, cutting out all snacks and also cutting down on alcohol.
– It is important to have patience and stick it out
The changes might not be noticeable immediately, but they will appear soon enough. Retaining motivation is one of the most challenging aspects of dieting and it is important to find a way of rewarding yourself. You also need to have a lot of support from other people to help you when the going gets hard.
– The health advantages of losing weight
It is a fact that women who are overweight and who lose somewhere between ten and twenty pounds reduce the possibility of developing diabetes by at least one half. As for males, the danger of heart disease is lowered greatly. In general, most people gain weight as they age, and some gain as much as 20 pounds in comparison to their weight when they were eighteen years old, which rapidly increases the imminent danger of problems with the health. For instance, women increase the possibility of heart attacks by being overweight and also may even multiply their risk from serious medical conditions.
The conclusion is that, by retaining your weight within the healthy range, it is less probable that you will be troubled by illnesses in your later years.