Hi folks, so i get so many people asking me here at the gym in North Sydney about weight loss and the best way to achieve it. There is lots of information about weight loss available and the mantra throughout all of it is generally the same so here are some of my own useful tips to help you lose weight this spring:
1: Drink plenty of water.
Drinking water throughout the day helps clean your system and it is a good habit to develop getting used to drinking 2 litres per day, it keeps you hydrated which helps your body function at optimum levels and helps with fat loss!
2: Reduce portion size.
The simplest way i tell people to do this is to put there usual amount on the plate then reduce it by 1/4, this reduces the amount of calories we take in daily and thus helps with fat loss. The old idea of "we must finish everything on our plates" was not used with weight loss in mind!
3: Reduce carbs after lunch.
cutting back on our carbohydrates after lunchtime is also a great way to promote fat loss. That means that dinner would no longer include rice, pasta or potatoes but would, for example, consist of steamed vegetable and lean meat, chicken or fish!
4: Eat fruit twice a day.
Regular meals are another key to weight loss, if we eat sporadically our bodies become unsure of when our next meal is coming so starts to store fat in case of emergency. If we eat regular meals with healthy fruit as an in between snack then our bodies will know it will be fed more often and will then more readily release energy for you to burn off!
5: Weight loss is simple (in theory!)
We all know that losing weight can be a struggle but always bear in mind that the principal behind weight loss is a very simple one. If we burn more calories in a given day than we consume then we will lose weight. Simply put, if you are currently at a weight that is consistent, meaning going neither up nor down, then we add exercise to your regular schedule (if you already exercise then this needs to be added to what already exists), or we reduce you daily calorie intake through diet the result will be weight loss!
For best results we do both, add exercise and reduce calories to speed up the weight loss process!
Remeber folks all of this takes time so hang in there and keep trying, a good maintainable diet change might only see you lose 250gm to 1kg per week but it all adds up!!