Are you tired of your jelly belly? Embarrassed by your bingo wings? Had enough of huffing and puffing your way up the hill as your body takes the strain? Eating is fun, but sadly the consequences of munching too much are not. If you have decided to slim down then good for you! What you need is a plan of action – let’s check out five top health tips for losing weight.
Get Some Support.
First off get some support. Schedule an appointment with your GP, visit an online pharmacy, join a group, talk to friends and family. Get everyone involved with your quest for a healthier, slimmer you. Your GP should be able to offer guidance and should always be the first port of call in medical matters. However, you can also obtain useful advice from an online pharmacy.
Friends and family will be invaluable as your weight loss journey may prove more challenging than you anticipate. Ask them to help by not tempting you with sweets and treats (who knows they might even join you and try to lose weight too). If you feel that external support would be beneficial you could join a slimming club (online or find a local club you can attend). Meeting like-minded people who are going through the same thing can be really useful – you can share the ups and downs and spur one another on.
Get an MOT.
A face to face health MOT is always preferable, but if it’s not convenient or not an option you could head to the mine of information that’s the world wide web. A reputable online pharmacist can point you in the direction of an online health check (such as the NHS BMI calculator) that you can carry out from the comfort of your own home. The body mass index calculator will enable you to check whether you are a healthy weight in relation to your age and height. To give you an idea – a healthy BMI is considered to be somewhere between 18.5 and 24.9, if yours is higher then you need to act. If you are overweight then you are at risk of ailments including type-2 diabetes and heart disease.
Get Serious About Your Diet.
Food glorious food, it seems everywhere you look there are yummy treats designed to please, comfort, tantalise you taste buds and (unfortunately) add inches to your waist. Eating the right food isn’t rocket science, cut out the junk and instead fill up on fresh fruit, veggies, legumes and refreshing water. Dieting doesn’t mean bland food, you can find some wonderful recipes online that are designed to look good, taste great and fill you up (without piling on the pounds). Giving up alcohol may be out of the question, but it is laden with calories so cutting back will help. As a general rule you should eat fewer calories than you burn.
You don’t have to become a paid-up gym bunny or don lycra Mr Motivator style, but if you are carrying excess pounds you will need to move more if you want to shift them. Ignore the lift or escalator and take the stairs instead. Ditch the car in favour of peddle power or get some comfy shoes on and go for a walk, fresh air can improve your mood as well as your waistline. Walk your dog – give Fido a treat, and if you don’t have a dog then why not borrow one?
There are so many simple ways you can incorporate health and fitness into your daily routine. Joining a group can be a great way of meeting new people and having fun at the same time, revisit a sport you used to love such as netball or football or try something new such as Zumba or circuits.
Even small changes will help you to diet but don’t expect to lose weight at a rapid pace. It’s better to make sustainable changes rather than rush into a fad diet. You might feel like it’s taking forever but if you eat healthily and move more you will start to see your body change. Don’t beat yourself up every time you slip, it’s ok to munch a biscuit or two (just don’t consume the whole pack)! The key point is to keep on going, in the words of Tony Robbins, “If you change nothing, nothing will change.” Focus on your end goal, and just think how nice it will be to slip into those jeans without having to suck in your tum to pull up the zip!