Shedding a Few Pounds Without Compromising Your Health

Yoga and Diet

It seems as though every glossy mag you pass in the supermarket aisles is screaming out about weight and body image. We are constantly faced with body shaming: from pressure to have the “perfect beach body” (does anyone actually know what figure this is?) to fat shaming, skinny shaming and various other forms of bullying and mockery. When it comes down to it, your figure is nothing to be ashamed about. Whatever shape or size you are, you are beautiful. The only thing that you should be worrying about is your general health. Remember, health should always take priority over appearance. So, visit your GP or measure your own BMI and discern whether you are currently at a healthy weight. If you fall into the overweight or obese category, it may be the time that you consider shifting a few pounds. Remember that this is for your well being though, not to conform to anyone else’s standards of “beauty”. It is essential that you discuss this with your doctor to ensure that your methods will be beneficial for your body in the long run. But to get you started, here are a few ideas of how to lose a little weight the sensible way.

Exercise
A good place to start your weight loss journey is the implementation of a thorough workout regimen. It is recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services that the average adult should engage in at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week. Alternatively, you can combine these two types. It is also advised that you spread this activity out through the duration of the week, rather than overwhelming yourself with one or two days of intense workouts. Many of us are pretty averse to exercise, but once you actually get down to it, it can prove pretty fun. If the thought of heading out to jog around your local park makes you wince, don’t worry! There are plenty of other options available out there for you. You just have to do a little research of the facilities in your local area and allow yourself to be more adventurous with your choices and considerations. Here are a few firm favourites that are bound to catch your interest.

Yoga
A good way to ease yourself into regular exercise is to opt first for low-impact activities such as yoga. These allow you to stretch out your muscles and work on key skills such as balance and focus before heading into more active sports.

Swimming
Swimming is a fun activity and if you haven’t tried it out in a while, slipping into a pool will feel you with nostalgia from your youth. The water helps to support your body’s weight, allowing you to exercise more easily and with less negative effect on your joints. It also offers a rigorous, full body work out as the activity of swimming incorporates numerous areas of your body.

Diet
By combining your new exercise regime with a balanced, healthy diet, you will see the pounds start to shed away in next to no time. But if you have larger weight loss goals, you may need to opt for a specialised diet to help you along the way instead. As previously mentioned, always check new regimes out with your GP before fitting them into your lifestyle. Here’s a quick comparison of two popular diets at the moment: paleo and keto diets.

Paleo Diets
The “paleo” diet works on the premise of going back to our roots and eating only what people would have eaten before the advent of agriculture around 10,000 years ago. Its general premise is that anything that Paleolithic people couldn’t catch, grow, gather or make themselves is unnatural for humans to eat and should be avoided at all costs.

Ketogenic Diets
Keto diets are another alternative approach to eating habits. It revolves around the concept of fasting. As far back as 500 B.C. there have been reports that certain health problems are alleviated by fasting. In 1921, a new diet was implemented in which individuals would be able to experience the benefits of fasting without enforcing the extreme caloric restriction. Low calorie and high-fat eating habits put the body into a state of ketosis, where fat is burned rather than carbohydrates, resulting in a faster form of fat loss than a standard, balanced diet.

As with any form of diet, both paleo and keto diets have their benefits and disadvantages and should only be used in moderation. So do your research and gain professional advice before enforce either into your usual routine.

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