Weight management

Support during weight control programmes

Support is very important to someone trying to engage in a weight control programme and it is vital to engage the practical or emotional help of a partner, friend, relative or group when you embark on your journey.

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Long term weight control is best when you approach it slowly. It is important to make life-style changes that will affect your whole wellbeing. Having a healthy eating plan with fewer unnecessary calories and adding some gentle exercises to your weekly regime will be a healthier approach and is more likely to keep the weight off.

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Weight control meals

I have learnt that when addressing weight control it is best to sit and eat food at a table no matter what meal you are eating.  Take your time over your meal, enjoy and savour the taste of your food. Use a slightly smaller plate which will make your portions seem larger. If you must snack between meals than make it a healthy snack!

Ensure that you do have breakfast every morning as research has demonstrated that those who do have breakfast take in fewer calories during the rest of the day than those who go without. In fact do not skip any meals as this will be counter- productive slowing down your metabolism and making it harder to burn calories.

For your weight control plan try searching the internet for some alternative recipes for healthy meals. It goes without saying that unless you get a little more inventive in the kitchen and keep eating the same dishes you will become tired of eating the same stuff. You do not have to cook just for you and then give the family something else, why not all eat the same healthy food?

Weight control measurement and progress charts

When you start your weight control plan take your measurements and record them weekly on a chart. Whilst weight may not come off, inches certainly may, which in turn will help you to maintain motivation.

Start by recording your weight, then add a box to record each of the following: Bust/chest, waist, hips, stomach, thighs, calf muscles, tops of arms. You will be amazed at the changes that a few pounds can make on your body measurements. You can keep the chart on a computer spreadsheet or in a small notebook.