Hello everyone. Today’s article is a guest post from Lloyds Pharmacy.
It may be tempting for individuals to pin all their hopes on a fad diet in a bid to lose weight fast – and let’s face it, who hasn’t at some time or another? However, what few people realise is that, despite leading to dramatic weight loss in a short period of time, generally any weight lost as a result of novelty diets piles back on once the programme has been completed. What’s more, some of these diets aren’t based on sufficient medical research and can have a detrimental impact on a person’s health in the long run.
With these concerns in mind, it is much better – and more effective – to lose weight gradually by maintaining a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle and seeking the advice of a doctor or nutritionist should you require a helping hand. The non-prescription slimming pill Alli, for example, has received FDA approval, while herbal alternative herbal alternative Adios contains the traditional, natural ingredients Boldo and Fucus. Individuals will only be given these pills once they have been assessed by a chemist.
It’s also important to steer clear of crash diets that urge individuals to radically reduce their daily intake of calories – and as a result, their nutrients and vitamins – as these can lead to long-term poor health. Indeed, the body requires certain foods like meat, fish, wheat and dairy products to stay healthy and function properly. It also needs carbohydrates – such as those found in pasta, bread and rice – to sustain its energy levels.
Do you want to lose weight in a healthy way? You may want to switch to wholegrain varieties of bread, rice and pasta as these are digested slower than white varieties and minimise your hunger urges for longer. There is also evidence to show that eating a healthy breakfast each day can help keep excess weight off, while drinking plenty of water also helps: often when we feel hungry it is often the body’s way of telling us that we feel thirsty. You might also want to make other small changes to your lifestyle like switching from full-fat milk to skimmed or semi-skimmed milk and opting for other low-fat options.
Of course, regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep fat at bay and the body fit and healthy. However, most adults looking to lose weight also need to sensibly reduce their calorie intake by making permanent changes to their eating and exercise patterns. Remember that the average man only needs around 2,500 calories each day and the average woman around 2,000.