Losing weight (and keeping it off) takes time and patience. In order to lose weight you need to take in slightly fewer calories that you burn. If you want to be able to sustain your weight loss, aim to lose between one and two pounds a week – any more than that and you might be losing precious lean muscle mass.
If you make some sensible swaps in your diet you might not even notice the 250 to 500 calories per day deficit. If you don’t want to restrict calories, aim to increase your activity levels so that you burn more calories. Even better still, combine the two. Include a hot yoga session to burn an extra 250 to 300 calories and reduce your intake by 250 calories. Over a week this would a saving of 3,500 calories which is roughly equivalent to one pound weight loss.
Keep that up for seven weeks and that’s half a stone lost in a sustainable way that doesn’t make you feel like you are going without and denying yourself all the things you like to eat and drink. Diet any other way and you may find that as soon as you stop and go back to your old habits, the weight will come back, often with a few more pounds added!
There is a popular set point theory about weigh management and that is that your body has its own prefered weight that it will try to maintain at all costs. Drop too much weight and your body will panic, go into starvation mode and try to retain as much weight as it can, then as soon as food become abundant again your body will try to quickly regain what it thinks is your optimum weight.
Whatever way you decide to embark on your weight loss journey, we wish you well and, as ever, recommend you get some expert advice to make it easier and more enjoyable.