Weight Loss Does Not Have to be Hard or Complicated
There is lots of advice available for those trying to lose weight, but much of it is questionable at best and dangerous at worst. Here are five natural solutions.
The UK is the obesity capital of Europe. Around one in four UK adults are obese, and almost two thirds are overweight. Some might argue that we have become increasingly obsessed with obesity in recent years – however, it is more a case of having to, as obesity has more than tripled since the 1980s.
As a result, there is probably more advice available online about weight loss than there is on any other subject. Inevitably, that also means a huge variability in the quality of the advice. Here, we have stripped away the nonsense to present five non-surgical weight loss techniques that time, science and practical experience have shown to work.
1) Do some cardio work
Everyone knows the basic formula of “exercise more, eat less,” but it is easier said than done. On the exercise side, you really need to focus on some cardio activity – examples include running, cycling, hiking and walking. Cardio reduces the risk of heart disease, while reducing body weight. It is also a great way of getting rid of that belly fat that can accumulate.
The great thing about cardio work is that it is completely flexible to you. If you’ve not done any proper exercise in years, you can start with a 10 minute walk morning and afternoon. If you’re a lapsed health freak needing to get into shape, you can start a more intense routine of running and cycling.
2) Eat your fruit and veg
When you were a kid, your mother told you they were good for you, and mothers are always right. Different types of fruit and veg have different qualities, but the point is that there are none that are bad for you, so in the spirit of keeping it simple, add plenty of your favourite fruit and veg to your diet and you will not go far wrong.
3) Protein is king
You might think that protein-rich food is bad if you are trying to lose weight. Wrong. As your body metabolises the protein you eat, it burns calories. The upshot? A high protein diet boosts your metabolism and helps weight loss. It will also make you feel more full, and less tempted to snack. A high-protein breakfast (for example eggs) could be just what you need to set you up for the day.
4) Drink water
Drinking water helps weight loss on a number of levels. For one thing, the body can mistake thirst for hunger, so if you ensure you are well hydrated, you are less likely to go reaching for that bar of chocolate. For another, drinking a pint of water causes your body to burn up to 30 percent more calories for the next hour. And finally, if you are drinking water, that means you’re not drinking sugary, high-calorie drinks.
5) The right attitude
Losing weight is something you can do. Knowing that, and really believing it, is often the most important thing of all. Having the right attitude is essential, but it is also helped by having a weight loss routine that comes naturally. After all, if it is simple, there’s really no chore involved in sticking to it, now is there?