How to Lose Weight Safely

By on January 22, 2020
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At this time of year, with the festive season over and summer slowly rising over the horizon, it’s a time when women over 50 think about how they can shed some of the pounds they have put on over winter. Whatever your reason for dieting, whether it be to lose weight quickly for a holiday or you want to make a lifestyle change, it’s important to make sure you are taking the right safety measures to meet your goal. In the process of losing weight, some people can put great strains on their bodies and their mental health, and these negative effects can become dangerous. Here are some tips on how you can guide yourself through your weight-loss regime safely. 

Exercise

You might already have added this into your weight-loss routine, and that’s great, but make sure you’re not overdoing it in the gym. If you’re already reducing your calorie intake, having long and intensive work-outs could burn off the remaining calories that your body needs to keep functioning properly. This might lead you to binge eating on unhealthy snacks for quick satisfaction to your hunger, which is counter-productive for your weight-loss. 

However, if you’re not introducing any forms of exercise into your routine, this will also cause potential issues with losing weight. If you’re solely focusing on food as a way to lose weight, then you will end up restricting your diet so much that it will be hard to keep it up. Everything is about balance, so try to introduce some exercise into your daily routine even if it’s just a 30-minute walk around your neighborhood when you get home. 

Diet

Food consumption is one of the biggest factors in weight loss or weight gain. Everyone should strive to maintain a balanced diet in their day-to-day lives, as this is the best way to live a healthy lifestyle and keep control over your weight. However, some people might want to try other dieting programs to help them get started or shift some extra pounds a little quicker. Some popular choices worldwide have been the keto diet, DASH diet and MIND diet, to name a few. There are many dieting options for you to take and it is important to do some research first before you settle on one as they won’t all be suitable for you and your lifestyle. 

Drink water

It’s said that often at times you think you feel hungry, that you’re more likely to be thirsty. Keeping yourself hydrated is a simple but effective way to reduce pangs of hunger and also has numerous other benefits. It will help to keep you energized, it’s great for your skin and helping to keep your body functioning and flush out toxins. 

Identifying eating habits

Understanding why you gravitate to certain foods is a good way of changing your eating habits for good. A lot of people might eat high-carb or sugary foods as a form of comfort, the taste an instant gratification that makes them feel better after a bad day. Some might binge eat when they’re stressed or anxious about something. Whatever it is, if you notice that you’re reaching for unhealthy foods when you’re feeling a certain way, try to identify those emotions and next time you feel that way try to think of alternatives to food that can relieve those feelings.

Get Support

It’s a lot easier to stick to a weight-loss plan or a lifestyle change if you have someone going through it with you and cheering you on. If you and your friends have discussed how you all want to lose some weight, create a group chat where you can exchange healthy recipes and exercise tips. When you all get together for dinner or drinks, you can choose healthier options and no one is feeling left out. 

Following these few tips are a good, safe place to start on your weight-loss journey.

Often found exploring the US, freelance writer Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and a keen advocate for alternative medicine and holistic treatments. Additionally, she feels passionate about raising critical awareness of the strain on public health organizations.

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