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Weight Loss Tips: Slow and Steady for a Healthy Loss

Weight lossWith the recent news about weight loss marketers being under-fire for making bogus claims, many people will want to know the best way to lose weight. The truth is that there is no easy way to lose it and keep it off. Some of the best weight loss plans involve tips for a slow, steady and healthy loss. These tips come from the likes of the National Health Service (NHS), Weight Watchers and Slimming World.

According to the United Kingdom’s NHS, a healthy weight loss is between one and two pounds per week. It does take time to lose a large amount of week, but it is easier to keep that weight off in the long run. It focuses on changing habits and learning more about the body, instead of quick fixes that are often unsustainable over a long period of time. One pound is about 3,500 calories, so that means eating just 500 calories less per day!

Carbohydrates are not bad. However, it is all about choosing the right type of carbohydrates and getting a well-rounded and healthy diet. Carbohydrates are needed for fueling the body, and they are turned into glucose. Those that are high in fiber, including wholegrain pasta, or starchy options like potatoes are excellent for fueling the body over a prolonged time.

Protein and fiber breakdown in the body slowly, making these perfect options for a meal. By breaking down over a period of time, the body feels fuller for longer so a person feels less need to eat. One of the biggest tips for a slow, steady and healthy weight loss is to focus on lean meats, fruits, and vegetables more.

Eating breakfast is a must for those on a diet. In fact, eating in general is a must. Many dieters focus on very restricting ones that lead to starving themselves. This just slows the metabolism down, which slows the rate that calories are used down. It makes it easier for the body to gain weight afterwards. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. They body has been through a long fast overnight and needs something to help kick-start the metabolism again.

No weight loss plan is complete without exercise. It does not need to be much, and many experts recommend 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Exercise increases the amount of calories the body needs to burn, so more are burned during the day. It also builds muscle and improves the shape of the body. Choose something that is fun to do; not everyone enjoys running or going to the gym. Swimming, rowing, and even dance workouts in the home are great for boosting activity levels.

It is important for everyone to watch out for the fad diets that seem “too good to be true.” If weight loss was really that easy, nobody would have a problem. There are many great programs out there for people to join if they need the support. These programs focus on weight loss tips that lead to a slow, steady and healthy loss, making it easier to keep the weight off.

By Alexandria Ingham



NBC News

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