Food and exercise are the two main factors which can have a dramatic effect on either weight gain or weight loss. Excessive eating, too many calories and not enough exercise to burn off those extra calories can lead to weight gain. However, a balanced diet of nutritional foods, the right amount of calories for you and an active lifestyle are all great for weight loss and maintenance of a healthy weight.
Food is one of the keys to weight loss because it is the thing that gives you energy, and with a balanced meal plan in place you can make sure that you are getting all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients plus the right amount of calories to supplement the activities that you do. It’s simple:Too many calories + Not enough exercise = Weight gain
Get the right balance of protein, carbs, fat, dairy, grains and fruit and vegetables in your diet and you can lose weight quickly and for the long term as well. Avoid empty calories (i.e. calories that have no nutritional value) such as alcohol and you will see results fast than you think.
Exercise is one of the keys to weight loss because it helps to burn fat and calories as well as build muscle. An active lifestyle where you walk regularly, cycle to work, play sports or weight train is good for your body as it not only keeps your muscles lean, but it also keeps your heart happy and healthy too.
In order to lose weight, it is recommended that you do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week. Walking for 1 hour burns about 350 calories, doing 1 hour’s worth of cycling burns around 500 calories, and swimming for an hour can burn around 800 calories. In terms of exercise, try and get in as much as you can per day such as taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking or cycling to work instead of driving.
Overall, exercise is not only vital for maintaining muscle but also for getting rid of body fat and therefore improving your general body shape. This means that you can see and feel the difference in your body and also boost your metabolism for better and more sustainable long term weight loss.
Exercise and staying active is also great for staying happy too. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins which are good for boosting your mood, and decreasing the stress hormone ‘cortisol’. This means that you are more likely to stay positive and continue regular exercise which can lead to even more weight loss.