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How to Lose Weight Healthily…and Keep it Off!
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
These days, many women are striving to slim down and trim excess body fat, but “quick result” programs and fad diets are not often not a healthy option, and the results are only short-term.
Here are our team’s top ten tips for losing weight healthily and for keeping it off in the long-term:
1. Never skip breakfast.
Many experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and they are right! It gives you the chance to fill up your body with the essential nutrients it needs to power through the day ahead! If you skip breakfast then, not only will your body miss out on those all-important nutrients, but it will also leave your body more susceptible to cravings and you will find yourself more inclined to snack throughout the day. If you run a busy life and often skip breakfast due to the morning rush around, our Complete Slimming Meal Replacement shakes are packed full of all the essential nutrients you need to start your day and will help you to continue feeling full until lunchtime, keep those pesky cravings at bay! For something a little more substantial, these shakes also taste incredible mixed into a bowl of oats!
2. Do not completely cut out the treats you like
As mentioned in our previous blog post “Why You Should Stop Dieting”, an important part in reducing your body weight is to eat a healthy balanced diet. All main meals should primarily consist of appropriately portioned healthy food, however if one day you really want a chocolate bar or a pudding with your dinner, that is no problem! Just make sure to only have them every now and again and that you do a little more exercise the following day to compensate for it. If you completely ban these small occasional treats from your diet you are more likely to crave them, and ultimately end up bingeing on them, which can ruin all the hard work you have put in!
3. Exercise a little every day!
This does not mean that you need to do seven hardcore workouts per week so please don’t let this put you off! All this means is that you need to make an effort to move and burn calories each day. This could be your full gym workout, taking an exercise class, cycling to work or even just a walk with the dog! Please bear in mind here that the more exercise you do, the more calories you will burn, so you really will get out of this what you put in. As your body gets stronger you will find yourself able to exercise harder and for longer as you progress, which is a great feeling!
4. Understand a calorie deficit.
If you want to lose weight and reduce body fat, your body must be burning more calories than it is consuming! Therefore, it’s important to log the calories you are eating each day to ensure that they are being burnt efficiently and to reduce your portions or increase the amount of exercise you are doing to compensate for anything additional. It is also important to make sure the foods you are consuming contain a healthy balance of protein, clean carbohydrates and healthy fats and are not from empty calorie sources such as fried or processed food/snacks, which can be high in sugar and saturated fats!
5. Do not starve yourself!
You may think that not eating will make you lose weight, this is a common misconception and is one of the worst things you can do! If your body is starved of all the nutrition it gets from regular healthy food intake, it will go into panic mode and hold onto its fat stores as it will not know when its next source of fuel will come! Depriving your body of a regular healthy nutrition intake is never a good idea and can end up progressing into eating disorders as well as risking internal health issues within your body.
6. Drink plenty of water.
Thirst is a feeling which can often be confused with hunger and can result in consuming extra calories, when a simple glass of water may have satisfied your needs! If you start to feel hungry between meals, try having a glass or two of water first. You may be surprised to find it helps to keep you tied over until your next meal!
7. Don’t buy junk food and snacks.
If you have unhealthy food easily accessible in your cupboards then you will be more likely to eat them regularly. Instead, prepare healthier snacks ahead of time so that they are just as easy to grab when you need them. Fruits, nuts and seeds all make great healthy snacks, but if you don’t fancy any of these, our Complete Slimming Meal Replacement shakes are a great tasty snacking alternative!
8. Plan your meals ahead of time.
When we are hungry, we tend to be a little impatient when it comes to preparing our food, which is why we often fall victim to grabbing processed fast food when hunger strikes! The best way to avoid this happening is to plan and prepare your meals in advance. Weekly meal planning will mean that you will always have a meal ready to go when you need it. One great tip is to batch cook food, make a few days’ worth of healthy meals and snacks when you have some free time. Store your prepped meals in the fridge or freezer in air tight Tupperware!
9. Fuel your body properly for a workout.
If you turn up to a workout hungry or tired you won’t be able to perform to the best of your ability and ultimately miss out on burning extra calories! If you need a big burst of energy, a high quality pre-workout drink (such as our Maximum Strength Pre-Workout) can help to give you an energy boost without filling you with sugars and other unnecessary ingredients. Taking pre-workout shakes can help to improve your focus and allow you to train harder, for longer! If you would rather have more of a continuous boost without any stimulants, then our BCAA Boost may also be a good option! Branched Chain Amino Acids are a great intra-workout product that can be sipped as you train. They not only help by providing instant energy but also help to kick start your fat metabolism during exercise!
10. Accept that changes take time.
You need to remember that all bodies react differently to exercise and diet. You may (or may not) easily lose weight or build muscle quicker than other women, you may hold on to stubborn areas of fat in different places to others… it’s all normal! We all have areas that take a little more work than others, you just need to trust the process and don’t be disheartened if you don’t see changes immediately – great things take time!
We hope that these tips can help you on your way to losing weight healthily. If unsure, please always consult your doctor!
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