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How to Lose Weight and Keep it off: Nutrition

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How to Lose Weight and Keep it off: Nutrition

At my studio in Chelmsford I meet a lot of men and women who want to lose weight. By choosing to invest in a personal trainer they’ve already taken a huge step towards achieving that goal, but I always remind them that if they want to keep the weight off permanently then they need to make some changes to their eating habits too.

Here are just a few pieces of advice I give my clients when they want not just to lose weight, but to keep it off.

Say No to Weight-Loss Diets

It might sound counterintuitive but bear with me. Most weight-loss diets are designed to help you lose weight fast, sometimes using unhealthy shortcuts. But cutting out all carbs or trying to emulate a hunter-gatherer lifestyle is not sustainable, nor are you likely to enjoy it. There’s a fair chance you’ll just end up giving in and packing the pounds back on! Instead, try making small, sustainable adjustments to your lifestyle and eating habits that will encourage you to maintain good practices when it comes to food. Read on for some ideas on how to do just that.

Drinking Water to Lose Weight?

Drinking plenty of water regularly throughout the day can help keep you feeling full, making you less likely to binge or snack. Studies have also shown that drinking water can increase the body’s resting energy expenditure and accelerate calorie-burning. And of course, if you’re topping yourself up regularly, you’re less likely to crave fizzy, sugar-filled drinks. Personally, I like to carry a refillable water bottle around with me to remind me to drink regularly, but there are also plenty of apps that can help you track your water intake.

Plan and Prepare Your Meals

Preparation – the key to success! Planning and preparing your meals in advance reduces the likelihood of you grabbing something unhealthy on the go. It also allows you to ensure that you have a good variety of nutrients spread across your meals so that you don’t end up unwittingly carb loading for seven meals in a row. I keep a weekly planner on the front of my fridge so I always know what meals are coming next and I can plan my shopping around it.

Cook in Batches

Following on from my previous point, batch cooking is a great weight-loss tip for busy lifestyles. If you don’t have time to cook every day, you can make large quantities at a time and freeze them so that you always have a healthy meal that you can reheat in just a few minutes. Besides, if you’ve already invested the money and time into preparing meals, you’re less likely to treat yourself to that sausage roll or bar of chocolate on the way home from work!

Limit Your Alcohol

Sorry! But it’s no secret that cutting down on alcohol will help you keep the weight off. Alcohol has lots of hidden calories and counting them becomes even harder once you’ve had a few! Stay away from wine, beer and sugary cocktails. Try a gin and tonic instead or, if you really need your beer fix, consider a non-alcoholic alternative. These can often have just a third of the calories of their alcoholic counterparts.

Keep a Food Diary

It might seem like a lot of work but once you get into the swing of it you’ll find this very useful for spotting trends and balancing your diet sensibly. It’ll also help prevent you from unnecessarily binging. And, if you do happen to invest in a personal trainer for your weight loss, it’ll be a valuable tool in allowing them to give you bespoke advice tailored to your lifestyle and eating habits, which will be more useful for you in the long run.

The above tips are all great starting points for keeping the weight off, but if you’re serious about shedding the pounds, I’d strongly recommend getting a personal trainer. A personal trainer who specialises in weight loss can help you adapt your exercise and diet plans specifically to your own metabolism, eating habits and lifestyle.

If you’re looking for a weight-loss specialist in Chelmsford, don’t hesitate to get in touch!