How can you lose weight in a healthy way?

How can you lose weight in a healthy way? Our diet and fitness expert discusses your options to lose weight and keep it off for the long term.
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How can you try and lose weight in a healthy way? The stark truth of the matter is that the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than your body burns. It‘s a simple formula but it‘s often overlooked. Our fitness expert discusses how you can lose weight and stay healthy in the process.

No miracles here

Firstly, it‘s a good idea to avoid so-called miracle diets. There‘s really no such thing. Weight loss supplements are not recommended either, as they can have unpleasant side effects.

Essentially there is no panacea, even though some products are promoted as such. It‘s far better to tackle your weight problem the natural way, with common sense and good old fashioned willpower.

Eat sensibly

A balanced diet is the first key to healthy weight loss. The body needs to assimilate the various food groups to maintain peak efficiency so there‘s no point in completely cutting out carbohydrates, for example.

Carbs are vital for your energy levels and starving your body of them will leave you feeling lethargic. Yet remember that excessive carbs will end up stored in the body as fat. That message is clear.

Eat foods that contain carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fibre, minerals and vitamins. But in moderation. Try breaking down your large main meals into several throughout the day. This will take the edge off your appetite.

The stark truth of the matter is that the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than your body burns.

A. Schmalbach, www.trendfit.net

Exercise well

The second key to healthy weight loss is exercise. You don‘t need to go over the top and wear yourself out; a couple of shorter exercise sessions each day are more effective than a single long one.

A brisk walk will do fine to give your cardio-vascular system a workout. Swimming exercises the whole body and is fun besides. You won‘t feel as though you‘re exercising but you certainly will be.

Other points to remember

Drink plenty of water. Because the fat burning process is inhibited by dehydration a regular adequate intake of water is vital to your weight loss regime. This serves a dual purpose in that drinking water makes you feel more full, thus curbing your appetite.

Get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation leads to increased appetite.

Finally, don‘t crash diet; it will simply leave you feeling tired and irritable. Slow and steady is the way.

Detailed information on healthy slimming and fitness: www.trendfit.net.

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