How many times have you, or someone you know, said ‘That’s it, I’m going on a diet’, and continued to eat very little for the following two days…then gorge on the chocolate and fatty foods that they have been missing on day 3. This ‘diet’ is then broken, the famous ‘I will start again on Monday’ line will be spoken and the vicious cycle begins again.
If this scenario sounds familiar, then do not panic, lots of people have been in this situation and have this attitude to weight loss. However, in order to make some real changes to lose weight, you need to think about your attitude to dieting and instead of seeing it as a short-term chore, make it a lifestyle choice.
The weight loss equation is simple really; take in less calories than your body needs to function, then it will be forced to rely on your fat stores, using them up and making you lose pounds and inches. It is all about making sensible choices; grilling bacon rather than frying it, taking the skin off a chicken breast before cooking it, have more vegetables and less creamed potato on your plate; small changes add up to a big difference on the waistline.
There are many weight loss Birmingham groups open to membership; from Weight Watchers and Slimming World, to independent clubs, work colleagues and the local GP surgery. People often find weight loss difficult if they are doing it alone, therefore joining a group can give you the motivation that you require to carry on with the diet when it seems tough.
Exercise is also a major contributor to weight loss, but again, this has to be as a lifestyle choice rather than an all-or-nothing fad. When beginning a diet, it is common for individuals to show their new commitment to exercise by joining a gym, buying all new workout attire and spending every spare moment at the gym; however, this is usually not a sustainable practice and results in lots of gym memberships becoming dormant. A much better approach would be to make small changes in everyday life e.g. walking instead of driving, taking the stairs rather than the lift etc. and then moving up to strenuous gym work. By moving more you will burn more calories and therefore help weight loss.
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