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Healthy lifestyle is a best way to lose weight

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The best way to lose weight is to gradually change to a healthy lifestyle. One major mistake many people make when they try to lose weight is either going on a crash diet or doing too much exercise. This is the reason why many of them fail and give up shortly after they start.

Crash diets that severely restrict calories or the types of food can lead you to be deficient in the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs. These diets have dramatic effect on person's well being and could potentially lead to health problems. Any weight lost during a crash diet usually comes back in a short period of time.

Same rules apply to exercise. If you haven't exercised for years and have a lot of extra weight, you shouldn't rush into running for miles or spending hours on a treadmill or a cross trainer. You will find it a painful and de-motivating experience and very likely you won't last very long. A much better plan is to start slow and progress to a more intensive level.

Energy balance and weight loss

A healthy lifestyle means you need to get your energy balance right. To allow your body to function normally it needs a supply of energy as well as a variety of nutrients. If the food you eat contains more energy than you need, your body will convert the excess to fat which will result in an increase in weight.
If the food you eat contains less energy than your body needs, you will break down some of the fat stores to produce extra energy and your weight will fall.

The best way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than you use.

The most effective way to do this is:

  • reduce the amount of calories you eat
  • increase your levels of activity.

Change your eating habits - reduce your calorie intake

Start it slow - one small change at a time. Slightly tweak it every day in the direction you want it changed and you will be amazed how far this gets you.

You should always remember - these changes are for life if you want to keep your weight off. They shouldn't be dramatic and distressing. Start slow and gradually you will be able to change to a healthy diet without starving your body.

Simple changes like swapping full fat milk for skimmed or reducing sugar in your drinks, swapping fizzy drinks for squash or water.

Read an easy guide about changing eating habits here

Reduce portion size. The portion sizes have increased dramatically over the past years. Learn about healthy portion sizes and how much you should eat of different food groups each day.

Portion size guide

Increase your activity levels

Choose an activity you enjoy doing. It is really important to start at the level that is right for you. Vary your exercise routines to make sure you don't get bored. Integrate exercise into your everyday life. And most importantly - stick to it.

Always consult your doctor before starting a weight loss programme or plan. If your BMI is over 30, your body is already under stress of extra weight and weight related health conditions. At National Slimming Clinics an experienced weight loss doctor checks your medical history and performs necessary medical tests to make sure your fit to start your weight loss programme.

All weight loss programmes available at our slimming clinics are safe and very effective. For a no obligation consultation, fill in a book appointment form or call 0800 917 9334 to speak to a Customer Service Advisor.

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