Many people will ‘go on a diet’ each and every January. Their willpower and self control will last for a while, maybe long enough to shed the extra pounds, but maybe not. Most successful weight loss regimes…
Mail Online: ‘Two hearty meals each day better for you than 6 snacks: Eating a big breakfast and lunch helps control weight and blood sugar levels.’
Should everyone switch to just two meals a day?
At the end of a club run I’ve often been asked, ‘How many calories did I burn?’ The answer varies considerably but the heavier you are, and the faster you run, the more calories you’ll use per hour.
- Keep to your meal routine
- Choose reduced fat options
- Walk off excess weight
- Pack a healthy snack
- Read those food labels
- Portion caution
- Get up on your feet, don’t sit for long periods
- Drink more water and less alcohol
- Enjoy mealtimes, don’t eat on the run
- Don’t forget your 5-a-day
A new philosophy or the latest fad?
Several fasting diets have become very popular in recent months: the 5:2 diet promoted in a BBC documentary last Summer, the alternate day diet and the 8 hour diet, to name just three. Some experts say that these diets will result in weight loss and health benefits such as increased lifespan and prevention of cognitive decline. Other experts are concerned about the overall effectiveness and safety of fasting.
Read on to find out how much fasting is really involved, whether or not the diets are likely to work and what pitfalls you might expect to encounter…
If ‘going on a diet’ sounds like a step too far, you may be able to reduce your calorie intake less painfully by cutting down on some of the worst offenders, the foods (and drinks) that are loaded with calories but don’t satisfy or fill you up for very long.
Replace those silent calories with some lower calorie alternatives, and increase your activity levels, and soon you could be losing excess weight steadily and permanently.