A healthy weight loss means neither severe diets nor excessive exercise. Actually, it means gradual and slow changes related to food and exercise.
Food is used for energy. Your body stores any excess energy as fat. So if you consume more food than your body needs, you’ll definitely gain weight.
To lose weight, you need to βforceβ your body to use up these stores of fat. The most efficient way to do this is to:
β’ decrease the amount of calories you eat
β’ increase your levels of activity.
You should think of healthy weight loss in terms of permanently changing your eating habits. Since weight loss objectives are usually set in short terms, your final purpose is to keep these changes over months and years, i.e. lifetime changes.
Increase your activity levels
If you increase the frequency of your workout, but maintain the same diet and calorie intake, you will almost certainly lose weight.
Even light exercise, such as a short 20 minute walk, will be helpful. Every time you exercise more than usual, you burn more calories and fat.
Reduce your calorie intake
If you’re obese or overweight, you need to change your eating habits if you really want to lose weight.
In terms of healthy weight loss, you can get your body to use up existing stores of fat by eating less and making healthier choices.
This doesn’t mean severe dieting (limiting to less than 1500 calories), which usually ends up with you getting irritated, confused, and overtired. Quick diets can lead to a drastic weight loss followed by weight gain β no results, in fact.
Here are some suggestions to reduce calorie intake without having to change your diet significantly.
β’ Drink water instead of all other unhealthy and sweetened beverages.
β’ Stop taking sugar in tea and coffee.
β’ Reduce the food portion sizes.
β’ Avoid unhealthy treats β such as sugary cookies and crisps between meals.
β’ Cut down on alcohol intake.
It might take a week or two before you notice any changes, but they will gradually appear. Be strong and patient!