Weight Loss NZ — The 3 Principles of weight loss

By: Weight Loss Nz  05-Apr-2012
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 The 3 principles to Weight Loss

If you are struggling to lose weight don’t just assume you’re eating wrong. There are 3 main principles to weight loss and if you want successful, sustained weight loss you need to manage all principles.

The 3 principles to weight loss are-

-          Nutrition/Diet

-          Exercise

-          Lifestyle

Nutrition/Diet.   When starting any diet there is 1 question you should ask yourself - ‘Can I eat like this for the rest of my life?’, if the answer is no chances are your diet will fail. You need to find a diet that will fit into your lifestyle, your culinary skills and your tastes. Losing weight is a marathon, not a sprint, so when a diet claims ‘lose 5kg every week’ you need to realise this claim is probably false, and the weight loss will not be sustained.  Also look at the foods; can you continuously live on just 500 calories per day? Diets like this are dangerous in the medium to long term. Choose a diet that you will stick to.

Exercise.   The health benefits of exercise are too numerous to write in this article. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to exercise. Not only is regular exercise a great way to burn off calories, but over time it increases your metabolic rate, protects against degenerative diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis, lowers your risk of developing major chronic diseases, and it releases feel good hormones to keep you motivated & wanting to exercise more.

There is numerous ways to get your exercise fix; you don’t need to be in a gym all the time. Forget the advice that says you need to be in your ‘fat burning zone’, there are countless studies saying this is no longer the case just get out there and mix it up a bit. Some sessions should be light, some should be hard. Check out our exercise articles for ideas on what you could do.

If you need more convincing, check out our article 10 Reasons why you need to exercise.

Lifestyle. Make your weight loss manageable.  You’re eating good food, you’re exercising 3 times per week, but you spend your weekends in a bar. Alternatively, you’re exercising, and you’re eating healthy food, but most of it is late on a night because you work long hours with little breaks. Whatever your vice, figure it out and do something positive about it. For example if you are an emotional eater, try to remove the things which are triggering the negative emotions; if you eat when stressed, take steps to reduce the stress in your life (exercise will help with this).

Nutrition and exercise also fit into this category. If you join a night time soccer league but work evenings, you’re not going to succeed. Pick and exercise activity you will enjoy and you will be able to attend. Likewise with your diet, stick to foods you enjoy and that you have the time and skill to prepare.

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