With global obesity at an all-time high and physical image being more focal than ever – weight loss is currently a vital subject. This is visible through a constant barrage of new workout programs, extreme diets, healthy cookbooks, and fitness magazines. If you have recently decided that you want to shed a few pounds, then the dizzying number of options available to you may have left you more than slightly confused – one-minute carbohydrate is the devil and the next it’s dairy. This is a simple collection of tips to lose weight during the day, without drastically altering your lifestyle.
As you will have guessed, an appropriate diet is key to losing weight. But having a proper diet does not mean starving yourself by going on a diet. Most people should be aiming to consume around 2,000 – 2,500 Kcal per day; if you’re currently used to a little more, then there are several ways in which you can cut down. Making simple substitutions in your diet such as sugar instead of honey or even sweetener instead of sugar can trim down 100 Kcal. Replacing your lunch sandwich with a salad or soup can cut down 300 Kcal – and there is no need to be stingy with the portions.
Swapping your snack chocolate bar with an apple will save you 160 Kcal, plus you get extra vitamins. If you love coke, why not give diet coke an honest try – 100 Kcal. All these solutions are simple enough, and no doubt, none of these ideas are new to you. But hopefully, seeing the actual value of these substitutions will give you a little more drive.
It is also worth noting that spreading your calories throughout the day can increase your metabolic rate, meaning you burn more calories. Although the effect of this is small, doing this is also an effective way of suppressing appetite for some people.
For some people – even the word workout, can cause sweat and an unpleasant feeling in the stomach. If you are one of those people, fear not, I am not going to suggest a two-hour training regime every evening. I will, however, indicate that at the very least, you indulge in a little more walking. One hour walking can burn around 300 Kcals, so instead of filling your evening with mindless television, take a walk down to the park. Even things like walking to the corner shop or parking your car a little further away from work adds up over time. If you are willing to put the time and effort in, but find working out dull, then consider joining social exercise classes – you can lose weight and make friends at the same time.