If you are looking to lose weight, the key to success is to make realistic changes to your diet and levels of physical activity. The safest way to lose weight is to adopt long-term lifestyle changes that will result in a steady rate of weight loss.
When you start trying to lose weight, it's very tempting to want results as quickly as possible. So many diets will promise you quick results — fasting diets, 3 day diets, cabbage soup diets, and high protein diets just being some of the extreme examples. However, are these really the best diets for sustainable weight loss?
The quickest way to lose weight isn't necessarily the safest or healthiest. Fad diets and drastic exercise regimes are unlikely to produce long-term results. If you are looking to lose and maintain a healthy weight, then sustainable lifestyle choices are your key to success. Here are some great tips on how to diet safely.
Below are some diet and weight loss tips that will help you on your journey to a slimmer you.
There is no time like the present to begin your weight loss journey. Below are a few helpful suggestions to kick-start the new slimmer you:
Going forward, planning your weekly schedule to accommodate extra activities and healthier choices will help encourage long-term lifestyle changes.
We all know that staying motivated can be hard, especially in the long-term. Below are some helpful tips that will help you stay on course:
There is so much information out there about losing weight that it can sometimes be hard to separate fact from fiction. Below are 10 common myths about weight loss.
Skipping meals is a good way to diet – skipping meals is a bad idea. To successfully lose weight you need to reduce your calorie intake and increase the amount of calories you burn through exercise. Skipping meals altogether will likely result in tiredness and it could mean your body is missing out on essential nutrients. It will also make you more likely to snack on high-fat/sugary foods.
So are weight loss shakes or slimming smoothies any good for you? Meal replacement shakes can help you keep a tighter control on the calories you consume. However, diet shakes of any kind will not result in weight loss....unless the calories being consumed are outweighed by the calories being burnt. It is important to stay vigilant as some fruit smoothies can be packed with sugar, which is a recipe for weight gain, not weight loss!
If opting for weight loss shakes and smoothies, it is important to choose the right ones and to incorporate them safely and effectively into a balanced nutritious diet.
The best way to lose weight is through a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. However, if diet and lifestyle changes aren't resulting in a significant amount of weight loss, there are supplemental medicines available designed to safely support your weight loss plans.
There are lots of diet pills and fat burning tablets available on the market. However, very few are clinically proven to work. The only medicine that is proven to be safe and effective is Orlistat (also sold as Alli).
Orlistat works by blocking the absorption of dietary fats. When combined with diet and exercise, Orlistat will help boost weight loss. The capsule can be taken up to three times a day with or after meals. However, if you skip a meal or if the food you are eating contains no fat, you should not take an Orlistat capsule as there will be no fat to absorb. To qualify to use this treatment, your body mass index (BMI) will need to be 28 or above. To calculate your BMI, click here.
Before deciding to take Orlistat, you should always speak with your doctor or pharmacist first. This will help to ensure the medicine is safe and suitable for you.
Weight loss surgery can sometimes be used to treat people who are very obese. The procedure is available on the NHS providing you meet certain criteria. These include:
Weight loss surgery is a major procedure and should only be considered in cases where diet, exercise and medication has failed. If you think weight loss surgery may be right for you, speak with your GP who can refer you for an assessment to check whether the procedure is a suitable option.
Sustainable weight loss should not be rushed. Crash diets and extreme short-term exercise regimes will unlikely result in long-term results. Losing weight should be viewed as a steady process that involves healthier lifestyle choices. There are several tips, techniques and products available that will help support you in your journey. Hopefully this article has helped to highlight those techniques that can work for you and which products and methods should be avoided. The weight loss journey can vary from person to person. Finding the safe, sustainable combination of what works for you will be your key to success.
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