I know there are a lot of people out there who get confused and pretty much fed up at the whole weight loss concept and for some, they just don’t bother trying so as not to fall into depression from depriving themselves of …
their favourite meals.
1. There are no shortcuts.
Forget about any gimmicks, fast track to weight loss or fad diets, the truth is that unless you make a total change to your lifestyle (including, what you eat and how much you exercise) and stick to it, you are going to gain back whatever weight you lost in any short time. Quick starvation diets can wreck havoc to your metabolism and damage your weight loss efforts on the long term.
2. Regular exercise plus diet equals weight loss
One truth about weight loss is you cannot lose weight by exercising alone, neither can you do it by dieting alone. in order to lose 0.5kg of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you consume! A person weighing 60kg who runs on the treadmill for 60 minutes (at 19km per hour) will burn 359 calories (which you might gain back when you snack on a protein bar).
So you see, it is difficult to lose weight only through exercises, but with a combination of exercise and diets.
3. Fad Diets and Supplements Don’t work.
Don’t waste precious money buying drugs to lose weight. They may give you temporary relief and success, but they are often so restrictive that they are hard to follow through or may even harm your metabolism. But the number one recommended way to lose weight is through regular exercises, portion control and support from family, friends and joining a weight loss program.
4. One Diet doesn’t Fit All.
This is true because different people have different metabolism, health history, activity level, family history, gender, age, likes and dislikes. A good diet for you will consider these factors, be tailored for your body and will allow foods that you enjoy without making you feel deprived so you will be more likely to stick to it.
5. Men can have larger Portions than Women
It might not seem fair, but due to their larger size, muscle mass, and elevated levels of the hormone testosterone (which promotes muscle growth) men naturally burn more calories than women. Plus, the male body is genetically designed for more muscle and less fat than the female body as men do not have to store the energy required to bear children. Bear this in mind and don’t try to compare the size of food you eat to that of your male friends or partner.
6. You must Change your Lifestyle to Lose Weight
If you want to lose weight and stay slim, you have to change your lifestyle, not just until you reach your goal weight, but for the months and years following. That’s because as soon as you stop your “diet,” you’re likely to gain back the kilos you worked so hard to shed.
Make healthy food choices at most meals and exercise regularly for up to 30 minutes.