By Rosemary Marchese
Physiotherapist and mum of 3 fit kids
How to lose weight the healthy way
Weight loss is a popular topic. Just Google it and there is a plethora of ‘experts’ ready to give you tips. Here’s the problem. Even the so-called experts don’t have a clue sometimes. They are getting you to ‘eat less’ and ‘move more’ and it’s not working. At least not in the long term. That’s because drastic weight loss that happens too fast really stuffs you up in the long term. It causes a significant reduction in metabolism. This means that you are using less energy during the day. What happens then? You have to eat less and less to be able to keep the weight off.
That’s not sustainable!
With the lure of the ‘beach body’, especially with summer around the corner, it’s easy to fall into the trap of looking for a quick fix. Unfortunately you will find them. They will be waiting online for you with all the promises in the world. Here’s the truth. It comes down to some really simple habits.
Top 3 tips for losing weight and keeping it off
- Cut back on sugars.
I’m not talking about sugar in fruit either. You can eat a couple of pieces of fruit and be really healthy. It’s all the added sugar that is a problem. Fructose in particular (one type of sugar) is easily stored as fat and makes us super unhealthy. It happily inflicts damage to the liver and other vital organs. Minimise this stuff. It comes in so many packaged foods and don’t get me started on soft drinks. Liquid sugar equals liquid poison if you ask me.
- Eat plenty of protein, vegetables and fats as part of a healthy diet.
Eat foods as close to nature as possible and include these items in there! Make sure you are eating enough, but not too much, meat, fish and other seafood and eggs. Fill up a good portion of your plate with vegetables too.
- Get some resistance training in.
Resistance training improves muscle tone and this helps to increase metabolism. Plus it doesn’t make you as hungry as running on a treadmill for two hours. There’s no need to go for long, ridiculously hard workouts. Any trainer that tells you that is not helping you. Not really. Look for one that knows their stuff.
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