It is that time of year again when we are inundated with adverts on weight loss and offers of gym memberships. All very good but not so in practice especially for those not used to healthy eating or exercising. These companies do prey on the fact that people (women in particular) are making New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight.
Unfortunately, all the good intentions to lose weight takes a nose dive ( people fall off the wagon) after 3 weeks. Gym memberships become a waste of money as result, now I fully understand why these gyms are able to make special offers yet again before Summer – they use the ‘reserve’ to pay for adverts. So the ‘consumer loses out because they don’t attend regularly but the gyms get to keep the fees because a contract has been signed. No wander, it is a multi pound industry
Then, there are the exercise home equipments which we buy with the best intentions, we tell ourselves we will rather have a gym in our own home as we can exercise anytime of the day we want. We use the equipments a few times then the novelty wears off. They end up been used as clothes drier or confined to the loft. Let’s not forget the Exercise DVDs, which gather dust under a pile of others acquired over the years or amongst our favourite films.
The Diet programmes – Dukan, Atkins, Soup diets, to name a few. So many out there, mostly media/celeb ‘inspired’, some are so weird yet people actually do it. How can we know that celebs are telling us the truth. Let’s not forget they don’t have our lifestyles, they have assistants, chefs, personal trainers, etc. I am not trying to tell people how to live their lives or the best diets for them. No, I only want to warn you of the pitfalls of fad diets. They can be very dangerous, there have been so many horror stories over the years, like collapsed kidneys or worse anorexia. According to experts, one of the pitfalls of fad diets is that ‘you lower your metabolism and end up at a heavier weight than when you started.” They advice that you choose a diet with ‘the best weight loss plan that works for you and stick to it’
So what is the ideal diet, below are points based on my personal experience:
go with foods you love but a low version, however, there are some foods that you most definitely need to avoid. I can’t go into the list as food is usually based on culture.
Don’t go on crash diets, you will end up gaining weight afterwards – as stated above.
Choose a diet plan that suits your life style, modern life is very busy but skipping meals is dangerous. See my last entry.
Have a variety of meals, not the same old meals every day. This can be achieved by eating according to food groups, e.g.: not having too many carbs in one day. In other words, have balanced meal.
Fruits and vegetables are essential, whether you like it or not, sorry to be harsh but it is the truth. They can be had in various forms, if you don’t want to eat them in the conventional way, e.g. drinks, soups, etc
Exercise is very important, you don’t have to spend a fortune – walking, jogging, or any form of physical that involves panting or sweating is good for you. As long you have a regular exercise programme you like, no point going to the gym if you are not going to enjoy it or eventually drop out.
The points above are just my tips, I am no expert but I have been healthy eating for nearly 15 years, losing weight is all about applying common sense, and don’t forget to check with your doctor before you go on any diet plan. The keys to a successful diet plan is are taking baby steps, having fun and enjoying your meals. Here are a couple of useful links to get you started, do let me know how you are doing by leaving your comments below.
Happy dieting/healthy lifestyle.