Follow these tips to lose weight effectively yet healthily!
Losing weight can be difficult when we live in Singapore - the country of food!
Fret not, we've got 5 simple tips to help you lose weight healthily and as quickly as possible.
The first thing that comes to mind when people think of losing weight is to eat less.
It’s no secret that we gain weight from what we eat - but that doesn’t mean that starving will help you lose weight.
Our body gets used to our regular eating habits, and making drastic changes to that is actually really bad for your health.
Long-term fasting is not sustainable, as your body will get used to it and it may not be effective anymore.
Losing weight through eating less could also mean losing muscles, which is definitely not what you’re looking for!
That’s why it is important to prioritise a slow, but continuous effort to reduce your food intake and watch what you consume.
So the next time you go to a hawker centre for that plate of char kway teow, look for healthier options like less oil!
It’s always good to prioritise healthy eating over just dieting.
Try to avoid any food and drinks that contain added sugar.
So when you are parched, try not to reach for the can of Coke.
Instead, go for fresh fruit and vegetable juice.
Fresh fruits and vegetables actually contain a lot of fibre - which helps with a higher calorie-burning rate, and makes you feel full faster!
Most importantly, be sure to eat well after sports sessions as it is essential to your body’s recovery process.
While it is tempting to indulge yourself after a workout, make sure you’re not eating more than what you’ve just burned!
Before you start on any weight loss program, it is important to have clear and realistic objectives.
This will help to motivate you and give you direction.
As a start, choose a sport that is intense yet fun at the same time (like running or swimming) and start exercising!
Friends can also be great motivators. So, grab a few friends and go for a sport session together!
So what is an ideal weight loss goal?
It varies from person to person, but studies have shown that losing 0.5kg per week is ideal.
Trying to lose more in a short period of time can result in loss of muscles, and of course - potential burnout.
Don’t try to rush your weight loss process - find your own rhythm and a pace which is comfortable and sustainable.
Remember, it is important that you don’t rush this process.
In order to lose weight in an efficient and sustainable way, the most important thing is to have a step-by-step approach.
Nobody can run a marathon without any training!
For example, if you choose to lose weight through running, you don’t necessarily have to start by running continuously.
You can start by alternating your pace (walking + running) in order to slowly train and adapt your body.
Once you are able to run without needing to walk, slowly increase the distance or your speed.
Keep yourself motivated!
Celebrate every victory (in a healthy way, of course) and keep going at it!
Track your workouts using a fitness watch or a tracking app.
This way, you'll a visual cue on how much you have exercised each week.
Finally, reaching your goal shouldn’t be the end of your journey, but an extra motivation to continue with your healthy lifestyle.
Pick up new challenges, new sports, and keep fighting for a healthier you!