Weight management problems are a very real part of life for millions of people, and although it’s generally thought to be something which women are more concerned about, there are millions of overweight or obese men in the world too, and effective weight management can help to turn their lives around, helping them to lead fuller, happier and healthier lives.
Weight Loss Diets
We are all constantly bombarded with advertisements and hype about the latest craze in “wonder diets”, but it has been medically proven, again and again, that no matter what the short term effect, in the long term they simply do not work. It is extremely difficult to live the rest of your life without “naughty” foods or to count your calories forever and a day. You might lose an incredible amount of weight in a short time (which can be pretty dangerous by the way) but the chances are that you’ll put it all back on again, with interest, as soon as you go back to your old ways. The best way to lose weight is actually very gradually, if you lose around 1 to 2 lbs per week by following a few guidelines you’re much more likely to keep the weight off for the long haul.
Weight Management Tips
The best way to get, and maintain a health weight is to eat less and move more – you’ve got to use up more calories than you eat, the equation is really very simple. Fad diets don’t work, but a change in lifestyle can make the world of difference:
- eat smaller portions – throw out those enormous dinner plates and use something smaller to help you to regulate portion sizes
- don’t skip meals – some people think that by skipping breakfast, for example, they will lose weight and be able to manage their weight but this is simply not true – eat regular meals but just make sure that they are smaller and healthier than usual
- make healthy food choices – there’s no such thing as bad food, only a bad diet, so don’t make unreasonable demands on yourself, if you’re a chocoholic, spoil yourself occasionally for a treat but don’t live on the stuff.
- eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, choose low-fat or, better still fat-free milk products, as well as plenty of whole grains
- choose only lean meats, eat a variety of poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and beans
- increase the amount of physical activity in your day – this does not mean that you have to join that expensive new swanky gym at the other side of town and buy yourself some Lycra, it simply means taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving when possible, playing a little tennis, swimming or taking dance classes. There are plenty of fun ways to exercise, if you don’t like the idea of exercising for exercises sake.
- late night snacking is not a good idea, so don’t reach for the potato chips while you’re watching TV, you’ll be so engrossed in the program that you won’t realise how much you’ve nibbled, and then it will be with you for the rest of the night because you won’t have had the opportunity to work it off – if you do fancy an evening nibble, reach for the fruit bowl and not the cookie jar.
The best way to effectively manage your weight is to make some lifestyle choices and stick to them, you’ll feel lighter, fitter, healthier and happier. It really can make a positive impact on your entire life.