Managing our expectations
A 'Quick fix' will not create a healthy lifestyle
So how then do I go about losing weight?
1. Controlling portion sizes
looking at controlling portion sizes for our different meals is something that might seem very basic but unfortunately is a variable that many people often struggle to master. Most commonly, people seem to believe that starving yourself throughout the day and then eating a large dinner is a good idea. This regrettably, is probably the most counter-productive thing we can do. Consuming the majority of your daily calories in the evening where we typically sit and rest afterwards means that rather than using that food for energy, our body stores it, predominantly as fat, and we pack on the kilos. Instead, if we try to have our larger meals for breakfast and lunch, we can utilise the fuel for activities throughout the day and our metabolism has a chance to break down the majority of what we intake for its energy needs.
2. Resistance and cardiovascular
Incorporating both resistance and cardiovascular into your normal routine, at least bi-weekly, is something that many people fail to do, but is crucial to enhancing our body’s metabolism. Not only will improvements in strength and fitness improve our body composition but it will also increase our capacity to undertake more activities in our daily lives. If we are able to do more, then our muscles are more active and the food we consume can be used by the body instead of being stored. Ultimately, this equates to greater energy expenditure, and if we are able to sustain a greater output than what we take in through food then we can develop a sustainable caloric deficit that will mean we lose weight.