As 2017 gets underway, thousands of people are committing to expensive diet programs and gym memberships in a bid to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals.
But it may be easier (and cheaper) than you think to shed those inevitable festive season kilograms.
To help people reach their ideal fitness level, thousands have taken to social media to share their simple go-to weight loss tips, minus the unrealistic 2017 fads.
One of the most popular tips was that it is okay to feel hungry.
Getting into it! As 2017 gets underway, thousands of people are committing to expensive diet programs, and gym memberships in a bid to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals
‘We don’t need to immediately satisfy every desire. In fact, if you’re eating when you’re NOT truly hungry, well that may be part of the problem,’ one man wrote on Reddit.
‘I’ve been on and off on the weight loss/diet train the past couple years, but this is definitely what helps me,’ another agreed.
‘Don’t always finish your plate; stop eating when you’re no longer hungry! It’s helpful to address and move away from the mindset that you have to finish everything on your plate… I know a lot of people who were more or less punished for leaving food on a plate at meals starting from a very young age.’
Doesn’t have to be complicated: To help people reach their ideal fitness level, thousands have taken to social media to share their simple go-to weight loss tips, minus the 2017 fads
Tracking my food intake lets me eat what I want, but gives me the chance not to go overboard and lose control.
Others said that those who didn’t eat constantly and waited between meals would likely develop a taste for healthier food and an appreciation for the energetic feeling that comes when ‘the body’s resources aren’t tied up in the digestive process.’
One Redditor advised people to start drinking ‘exclusively water’ and avoid all sugary drinks to see a difference within a fortnight.
Coffee was deemed okay, as long as there was no added sugar.
Simple: One Redditor advised people to start drinking ‘exclusively water’ and avoid all sugary drinks to see a difference within a fortnight
‘Start drinking coffee without sugar, just use cream if you have to. After a few weeks you will be wondering why you ever used sugar in the first place,’ a man wrote.
‘Also remember that a lot of juices have the same number of calories as soft drinks, so switching to juices is not a weight loss tip. Water is good for you,’ another added.
A woman suggested flavoured seltzer water as an alternative to soda.
Ditch fizzy drinks (including diet ones): A woman also suggested flavoured seltzer water as an alternative to soda
What are some simple weight loss tips?
* Instead of trying to be a health nut, people should just eat 10% less
* Take your time while eating
* If you stop eating a little earlier than you normally would and wait, you’ll probably find that you actually ate all that you needed to
* Most of all, be honest with yourself. Log your treats, your liquid calories, log it all and be accountable for it
* Don’t be afraid to ask questions of people that know about diet and exercise
* Focus on your diet before exercising. You can spend 30 minutes on the elliptical and burn 300 calories or you can simply not eat that slice of pizza
Tracking what you eat was also deemed important by many.
‘I tried loads of stupid fad diets and didn’t lose a thing. Got MyFitnessPal and for the first time ever I lost over 2 stone (12 kilos) in a few months. Track what you eat, don’t go over the calories. That’s it,’ a woman wrote.
‘Track what you eat. I lost a lot of weight initially by cutting down on my carbs (without tracking) but then gained a bit again when I occasionally ate pizza and pasta,’ another added.
‘Tracking my food intake lets me eat what I want, but gives me the chance not to go overboard and lose control.’
But when it comes down to it, in most cases weight loss has nothing to do with ‘avoiding’ things, a former trainer said.
‘Pretty much everybody I know that has a weight problem (that is not a legit medical issue) just lacks discipline,’ he said.
Stick to it: ‘Pretty much everybody I know that has a weight problem (that is not a legit medical issue) just lacks discipline,’ a former gym trainer said
‘It’s simple math of calories in and out. There are no short cuts except surgery and you don’t want to go that route. You either eat less, be more active, or a combination of both.
‘Of course, it is 10x easier to lower your calories than double your calorie burn. People are always searching for some magical program, pill or device. It doesn’t exist.
‘When I worked at the community center gym, I would help people devise all kinds of plans and the only difference between success and failure is discipline. What I find that works is to really get people to find their motivation.’
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What is the secret to successful weight loss according to a trainer?
Calories In Vs Calories Out is the key to your success
Do not cheat on the above. If you want to be losing weight, you need to be taking in less then what you burn in a day.
First, find out your BMR (what your body burns in a day just by existing) and TDEE (what you’ll burn in a day when your daily activities are added in). Yes, these will not be exact but they’ll give you a good understanding of two key numbers for you.
This calculator will work it out for you. It’s better to underestimate your activity level. I work out 5 – 6 times a week (both resistance and cardio/conditioning), but due to my office job I’ll select light activity.
Next, you have to be accurate with your calorie counts. Especially if you’re new to it. Most of the time, I miscalculated what was in, say, a bowl of cereal because of the serving size stats on the box, and this put my calorie count out by quite a bit.
I’ve always found MyFitnessPal the best for logging due to the size of it’s database.
Most of all, be honest with yourself. Log your treats, your liquid calories, log it all and be accountable for it.
Let’s say that your BMR is 1500 calories a day. This is the amount that your body needs to function for a day. This number does not take into account moving around – this is simply what your body burns away doing things like breathing and other internal functions.
So, if you woke up and didn’t move an inch, but still put 1500 calories into you, then you wouldn’t gain or lose any weight.
If you ate more than that 1500, and didn’t move at all, you’d gain weight.
If you ate less than that 1500, and again, didn’t move at all, then you’d lose weight.
Everyone has a different BMR.