Healthy weight management

What does weight management mean?

For many people, weight loss, slimming, dieting, shaping up (whatever you choose to call it) is a life-long struggle and involves a lot of disappointment, negative body image and, often, worry, feelings of hopelessness and damage to self-confidence.

Yet, being in control of your weight and managing it in a controlled, healthy and long-term way (weight management) is central to ensuring long-term health, fitness and even happiness and confidence. Contrast this with “yoyo dieting”, crash diets and seasonal dieting, which are bad for the body and much harder to both achieve and maintain.

Overweight people are at increased risk of numerous ailments, which range from heart disease and high blood pressure, to type-2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing difficulties and many more. Luckily, it is not actually as difficult or confusing as perhaps you might think to get your weight under control in a healthy way – so hang in there!

Recent trends

Weight has been one of the leading health concerns of the Western world in recent years (not least because of COVID-19). Obesity in Britain, for example, is swiftly approaching the chart-topping statistics of the United States. And it is not just adults that have been getting larger – children’s weight is a broadening concern.

How to reduce body-weight in a healthy way

Healthy weight loss is certainly not about extreme dieting or weight loss fads.

Effective weight management is about much more than just focussing on the numbers, like your weight and calories. It is about shifting the way you think about food, starting with a healthy routine which involves permanent changes in daily eating and beneficial exercise habits.

Essentially, healthy weight management is a combination of:

  • optimum nutrition (a well-balanced diet) and
  • a realistic exercise routine.

This doesn’t mean having to live on greens, without treats. Nor does it mean having to go to the gym 7 days a week.

It could possibly mean eating and/or drinking certain things in moderation, while increasing the volume of health foods. And, in terms of physical acitivity, it could mean doing as little as 15 minutes of exercise (such as walking or jogging) every other day – whatever meets your needs, taking into account your own particular health issues and circumstances.

Why so many people give up

One of the hardest things about introducing any lifestyle change is the ability to make that change last for the long term. We have all had the experience – every year, we make promises to eat more healthily, to drink less alcohol, to do more exercise etc. We start off well and, even with the best of intentions, in the majority of cases we slowly revert back to our old easy and ingrained habits.

One of the key causes of this is that the change was either put in place too fast and in a drastic way, and/or it was an unrealistic aim for the long-term.

A very common example is that, nearly all people attempt to completely do away with all treats from their diet. It’s naive to think that you are not going to have, for instance, a chocolate bar or packet of crisps ever again – and the reality is, that is not even necessary for healthy weight management. This approach usually end in binging.

Similarly, very few people are going to be able to sustain going to the gym seven days a week. Again, this is not necessary and, in fact, is not even constructive. Your body needs rest in between exercise.

So, people set themselves up to fail and lose morale when they do.

How to lose weight successfully

To introduce long-term lifestyle change (which is the key to successful weight loss), it’s important to think of a range of physical exercises that you really enjoy and can pick from to keep your routine interesting.

Furthermore, one of the many common fallacies about losing weight is that the meals / foods you can eat are very restricted. That is simply not true. While you will certainly need to cap your consumption of certain foods (especially those high in saturated fats and sugar), you are not automatically barred from enjoying the treats you like every now and then.

A nutritionist or personal trainer can help you to better understand precisely what varieties of food you should eat on a regular basis for a healthy, well-balanced diet and healthy metabolism, and which you should view as treats, to have on the odd occasion. Meal plans can be helpful in the early stages, while you get used to the new regime and break old eating habits.

The key is to understand that no two people are identical and so their is no “one size fits all” diet that will magically make you lose weight. Instead of a diet, you need a meal plan and exercise programme that are specifically tailored to you and your body.

Variety and moderation are the keys to your success!

A little extra support – health supplements…

If you find that you want a little additional help, you may want to think about including weight management supplements in your programme.

Not only can these help you to top-up on additional vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients that will support your body through the weight management process (including support for energy levels, metabolism and immunity etc), they can also assist with resolving any underlying health issues that may be hampering your weight loss efforts. Common examples include digestive problems and hormonal imbalances. 

Plant-based protein powders and tasty light meal shakes can also provide a quick, easy and healthy snack substitute, that keep you feeling full and away from unhealthy treats in-between meals.

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Start losing weight

Get started with your weight loss programme today!

Let’s face it, no one is at their ideal weight all the time and more often than not, you could stand to lose a few pounds rather than putting some on. Luckily, this blog post will help out anyone who wishes to get started on a successful weight loss journey.

It will give you a good idea of what you need to do, so that your weight loss goals will be met and your efforts will be long-lasting.

Everyone at one point or another has made the decision to lose weight, but oftentimes the goals we set for ourselves are not met. Many people fail on their quest for a slimmer body for a variety of reasons. There are countless ways you weight loss programme could lose momentum, leaving you short of reaching your goals.

Before you can start on a successful weight loss campaign, you have to ask yourself a couple of questions.

1. What caused me to gain the weight?
Understand what it is that you did to put on the extra weight. Honestly assessing your lifestyle, activity levels and eating habits is imperative if you are serious about losing weight, because this will allow you to see what changes need to be made.

2. Am I ready, willing and able to make a change?
Losing weight sounds a lot easier than it is and if you aren’t fully committed to achieving your goals, you are setting yourself up for failure. Make sure that you are going to put in the time, effort and dedication needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is also important to ensure that you are physically able to tackle a weight loss programme (have you consulted your doctor?) and have the appropriate tools and resources at your disposal. For example, do you have a meal plan? Do you have an exercise plan? By preparing and informing yourself in advance, you will give yourself the best chance of success. It will also be more likely to lead to wholesale lifestyle change, rather than short-term efforts which then revert back to bad habits.

Once you have examined your current exercise and eating habits, and have made a conscious decision to commit to slimming down and getting healthy, you are ready to begin making changes to your life that will enable you to lose weight and keep it off!

Whether with the help of a personal trainer, dietitian or nutritionist, or through your own research, make notes of the nutrients you need to incorporate into your diet, as well as those items that need to be reduced or eliminated altogether. This is going to be different for each individual, so just make sure that you are incorporating a diet that you can tolerate or you will just end up giving up. Be strong, but also be realistic. And take it slowly. Drastic changes tend to be overwhelming, particularly where bad habits are ingrained.

You should also make exercise a real priority in your life. When hectic schedules reign and budgets are tight, gym sessions are often the first thing we are willing to cut out of lives. However, if going to the gym is really not an option, don’t make excuses – there are many other options out there to keep active that don’t cost the Earth. For instance, running outdoors, following YouTube exercise videos at home and even incorporating a greater level of activity into daily events (such as climbing the stairs, instead of taking the lift). Making time to workout, and building this into your weekly routine, is an extremely important part of living healthily, losing weight and keeping it off for the long-term. No matter what type of activity you wish to do, just make sure you do it. Making dietary changes alone is not enough.

Lastly, try to find a friend or family member who is willing to go on a weight loss journey with you. It is always easier to lose weight and get fit when you have a buddy who is struggling along with you. Together, you will be able to motivate each other to keep going when one or both of you needs a little encouragement.

Nothing in this blog is particularly new in terms of information for the average person, but you’d be surprised how many people start their weight loss programme without first taking these basic steps. Ensure that your efforts will pay off by using the tips given above to prepare yourself, and you are sure to lose that weight and keep it off!

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