The number one rule of weight loss is to cut down on the amount of alcohol you are consuming. But there will be times when you want to have a drink or two. Here is a basic guide to the calorie content of different alcoholic drinks, so you can make smart choices...
People struggling with their weight or those considering a
diet, often have a misconception about the foods that they can and cannot eat.
Dieting not necessarily means giving up your favourite foods, and living on
salads or soup, but rather adjusting to a healthier meal plan and making more
informed decisions when picking out cooking ingredients.
Many diets will use alternatives in their recipes so their
followers can still eat the foods they love. They will also use a few tricks to
make the transition easier and help increase weight loss. For instance, using
non-stick frying pans reduces the need for cooking oil, and steaming vegetables
instead of boiling them will increase their nutritional value, thus keeping you
A person’s basal metabolic rate, or BMR, is the amount of calories a person consumes a day without being physically active. The rate only includes basic metabolic functions like sustaining internal body temperature, cell repair, pumping blood, breathing, etc. In other words, the energy your body needs if you would do nothing else, but relax on the couch all day.
BMR is important in determining your overall metabolic rate and the amount of calories you need to maintain, lose, or gain weight. BMR results are different for everyone and are influenced by factors such as:
A change for a new lifestyle and a new you? Losing weight can be daunting at first but breaking it down into smaller manageable pieces will make it more achievable and realistic for you.
Steady Does it
Remember-weight gain did not happen over night so expect a steady weight loss of 0.5-1.0 kg a week. Losing anymore can lead to fluid loss or protein breakdown (your muscles!). It is the little habits that have crept into your life and caused your weight to rise slowly but steadily over the years. Now, look at ways you can reverse these old habits into new habits and make small but beneficial changes in your life, that are feasible so you feel good about yourself and really importantly-that you can MAINTAIN for life e.g. change butter for hummus, cut back sugar in your tea, park the car further away etc.