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- Research has shown that fad diets can have negative effects on your health
- But there are many natural yet better ways to help you lose weight
- Here are four simple ways to lose weight and keep it off
New Delhi: Losing weight is a priority for most people who want to improve health and look or feel better. But with too many weight loss plans out there that claim to improve your metabolic rate and reduce your hunger significantly, it can be confusing to choose a diet or a workout plan that works best for you. The problem is that most of these plans will make you hungry and unsatisfied. Research has shown that fad diets can have negative effects on your health.
But there are many natural yet better ways to help you lose weight, helping you get that hour-glass figure. The tips outlined here can help you prevent diet pitfalls and achieve sustainable weight loss. Perhaps, long-term weight loss is achieved by taking steps that promote a healthier lifestyle such as finding time for physical activity, taking charge of your eating habits – and that includes creating a healthier relationship with food and curbing emotional triggers to overeating, etc.
Simple strategies for long-term weight loss success
Cut calories: We all know that eating fewer calories than your body burns can help you lose weight fast. However, it’s important to note that a calorie isn’t always a calorie – for instance, consuming 100 calories high fructose corn syrup can have a different effect on your body than eating the same amount of calories from real food such as fresh fruits and vegetables. So, the trick is to focus on foods that are filling and loaded with nutrients without being overloaded with empty calories. Replace calorie-laden foods with fibre-rich vegetables.
Cut carbs: To lose weight, you need to reduce your carbohydrate intake. The fact is that eating a carb-rich meal encourages the body to release insulin to help regulate blood sugar levels. Additionally, insulin creates new fat cells for storing everything that the body can’t burn off. Thus, you gain weight and your body needs more fuel to burn, which makes you consume more calories. Since insulin only burns carbs, you also crave carbs, leading to a vicious cycle of consuming carbs and gaining weight, as per HelpGuide.
Curb emotional eating: Often some people turn to food to cope with their problems – anything from work stress to financial worries and health issues. But turning to food when you’re stressed or anxious can wreck your diet and make you pile on the pounds. Recognising your emotional eating triggers and finding healthier ways to calm yourself can do wonders both for your weight and overall health.
Stay active: The health benefits of regular exercise go beyond burning calories. It reduces your risk of acquiring diseases, boosts your metabolism and improves your mood. If you are finding it hard for a long workout, try splitting your 30 minutes of daily physical activity into 10-minute segments. You can also choose activities that suit your lifestyle – such as going for a walk, doing some stretches, etc.
The bottom line is that making simple yet healthier changes in your lifestyle and sticking to them can help you achieve a solution to permanent healthy weight loss.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.