Health and Nutrition
Starting a diet is easy but staying on one is hard. The worst part of dropping off a weight loss programme is the feeling that you have failed, that you lack commitment and willpower. While it is important to take responsibility for controlling your weight, it's also important to understand that most failures are not personally attributable, but due to unrealistic, unsustainable programmes
Four steps to successful weight loss
- Analyse why you have failed to lose weight in the past. This will only partly be due to lack of informed advice. Deal with the root causes, the reasons you turn to food. If these emotional issues are left unaddressed, then no diet or lifestyle advice will work for you.
- Avoid crash diets. They are temporary fixes, unsustainable in the long run, and create imbalances that only lead to further weight gain. It's a marathon, not a sprint, and you should realistically be looking to lose no more than one or two pounds per week.
- Understand what a realistic weight loss programme should involve. It's not about starving the body, but balancing blood sugar levels and moving your body out of fat-storing mode. To achieve this, your diet needs to be nutrient-dense, and your lifestyle balanced and stress-free.
- While combined diet and exercise are important as part of a weight loss programme, you can't out-run a bad diet. Health benefits associated with exercise include increased metabolism, hormone balancing and of course weight loss, although it's important to be aware that weight loss is 80% diet, and only 20% exercise-determined. Healthy diet is the foundation stone on which weight loss is built; exercise is the brickwork.
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