When the decision is made to ‘lose weight’ where do you actually begin? I decided to film a a quick video talking you through 5 of my top tips for getting started with weight loss.. I really hope you find it useful and to see more of my videos just check out my YouTube Channel!
Tip 1) Create a Calorie Deficit – Eat fewer calories than what you are burning off.. try doing a food diary to become aware of the foods that you can over-eat on; change your environment so that they’re not in the house! If you’ve never calculated the estimated number of calories that your body burns a day then check out my metabolism calculator.
Tip 2) Eat a Nutritious & Balanced Diet – Include fruit, vegetables and salad along with lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats in appropriate portions to help prevent cravings. It’s important to keep hydrated too, to make sure that those feelings of hunger aren’t being confused with thirst.
Tip 3) Keep it Sustainable – Think of your weight loss journey as a lifestyle change, rather than a ‘diet’ which starts & stops. Follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to treats! Remember why you started to stay motivated.
Tip 4) Eat an Adequate amount of Protein & Exercise – This will help to maintain your lean muscle mass whilst you lose fat. Try to do a mixture of cardio (aerobic) and resistance (weighted) exercise.
Tip 5) Stop Searching for the “Magic Diet: – Weight loss takes hard work and dedication but it IS possible for EVERYONE. Most fad diets and weight loss pills DON’T WORK in the long-term.. at the moment there is only one weight loss tablet available on prescription (Orlistat) however it has HORRENDOUS side effects (yuk).
If you’re thinking about losing weight just GO FOR IT.. you CAN do it.. just don’t get sucked in to the fad diet, money making game first! Healthy eating may sound boring but it’s what works in the long-term!
What are your top tips?!
Energy In > Energy Out = weight gain, most of the time, but a calories doesnt always mean a calorie. I do get what you mean though!
Hi Linda, when it comes to weight loss/gain a calorie is a calorie – every single CONTROLLED published study shows this, no matter what the macros HOWEVER yes having all your calories from sugar for example would leave you malnourished and feeling deprived 🙂 Check out armi legge’s work at evidencemag.com for further info! x