3 Changes that will help you lose weight

You’ve been exercising regularly and eating all the right things at the right time, but you’re still not losing weight 거만어 다운로드. Sure, your pants are a little looser around the bum and thighs, but the scale’s still saying that you weigh the same. So what’s stopping you from reaching your weight goal? Here are 3 of the most common reasons why you’re struggling to lose those extra kilos.

1. Don’t eat more calories than you’re burning

The basic principle behind weight loss is to burn more calories than you eat. So, eat a bit less, and exercise a bit more. It should be simple, right? Except, all too often after we’ve had a good workout, we feel we can get away with over-eating or drinking – because ‘we’ve earned it.’ The problem: what normally happens is that you just end up eating back all the additional calories you’ve burned off at the gym. We also tend to overestimate how many calories we burn off versus how many we’re eating. You might burn of 500 calories in an intense gym workout, but then choose a creamy pasta dish at dinner, so you land up eating double the amount of calories you’ve burned off.

2. Don’t think you can outrun a bad diet

Regular exercise certainly helps you lose weight, as it helps create a calorie deficit whereby you burn off more calories than you consume. But exercise alone is not enough to help you reach your goal weight and shape. You also need to drop your calorie intake and take on a healthy diet that’s high in protein, fresh fruit and vegetables and fibre. Cut out any ‘bad’ health habits such as smoking and drinking. The truth is, a healthy diet AND regular exercise are what it takes to help you reach your goal. Sadly, no amount of exercise can make up for an unhealthy diet.

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3. Consistency, consistency, consistency!

Healthy eating, exercising regularly, and avoiding ‘cheat foods’ is great. But, if you only stick to it for a week or two, then fall off the wagon for a few days before kick-starting your healthy living programme again – you aren’t going to lose those extra kilos. Consistency is key when it comes to losing weight, and keeping it off. Aim for a realistic personal weight loss programme – one that you know you can stick to until you reach (and are able to maintain) your ideal weight.

Like with any major life change, start small and stay steady. Do one change at a time – like increasing exercise or dropping sugar – and let it become a habit, before tackling the next goal. You can really do this!

Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com