Is Diet & Exercise the Real Reason You’re Losing Pounds?💪

Are you a yo-yo dieter? Constantly sampling different diets? We all endeavour to eat a healthy balanced diet, and try to keep fit with as much activity as possible. Many believe weight loss is down to diet and exercise, but we are wrong. Of course, dieting and exercise can aid weight loss, but there are other options… 

Water Consumption

Do you feel tired, sluggish and easily get headaches? It could be your water content. The first place that is starved of water when you’re dehydrated, is your brain. 

Our bodies are made up of 70% water, so it is highly recommended that we consume two litres per day. However, many of us struggle to even get close to this, due to the busy lives we lead. There are benefits to consuming our daily intake, these include feeling fuller for longer and improving alertness and skin condition. 

You might not know it, but the food we eat also contains toxins. Drinking water helps to flush out these toxins and feed our organs. For best practice, ensure you have a litre bottle of water on your desk or at home. Try to drink two of these a day – one before midday and one after midday. Different types of tea and sparkling water can contribute to your recommended 2 litres of water but these are not as good as fresh water. 

Lack of Sleep?

We are all guilty of staying up late, binging on ‘just one more’ episode of Netflix and depriving ourselves of sleep. During your sleep, your liver works to cleanse your body and eliminate those toxins we spoke about previously. So, we need to give the liver as much sleep as possible.

The most common effect of sleep deprivation is fatigue. This effect levels of alertness and responsiveness – meaning you could be impairing your judgement. We should all be sleeping between 7-9 hours per night. 80% of the population that confirmed they do not get 7-9 hours sleep a night are in fact overweight. 

Stress

Stress causes a domino effect. If you are stressed you may not be sleeping well, maintaining your diet, drinking less water or have no energy to exercise. 

When we are stressed we produce a hormone called cortisol. This hormone is released into the bloodstream and affects different parts of your body, increasing your anxiety level and putting pressure on your mental state. 

Are you stressed? Some people with stress don’t even realise they are because they have lived with it for so long. Take a moment to think about what stresses you out. 

There are simple ways of releasing stress including; going outside and spending time with your loved ones. Try sitting and breathing for one minute per day or if you are feeling overwhelmed by a situation, take a break and listen to music. 

In 10 years, what would your body look like due to your healthy living choices? We all want to live our best lives, looking and feeling the best we can, so if we try to improve the 5 points covered in this blog, we could be extending our life and living a better, healthier life. 

Diet

Eating good nutritional food is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with being active your diet can help to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer. A balanced diet provides your body with the nutrients it needs to function. Your daily food intake should include: 

  • fresh fruit & vegetables
  • whole grains
  • lean protein
  • nuts

On average each person needs around 2000 calories a day to maintain weight. Males tend to need more calories than females and individuals that attend the gym will need much more than those who don’t. 

Tip: Limit your consumption of empty calories, such as cakes, cookies and drinks with added sugar and try to get calories from foods that are rich in other nutrients to maintain good health.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Exercise

Gone are the days when going for a 20-minute jog was a good thing. Although a 20-minute jog is a good thing, research now shows HIIT is much better for the body, heart and more importantly – burning those calories we all want to shift. 

What is HIIT? 

A form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise alternating between short periods of intense activity with less time to recover – until you’re too exhausted to continue. This type of exercise can have powerful effects on fitness and is great for your heart. With just a few simple changes to our daily routine, you could be practising HIIT on a minimal level and shedding those extra pounds, without even noticing:

  • Up the pace
  • Take the stairs
  • Park further away from the office
  • Even better, walk to work

HIIT is perfect for those with a busy schedule as you do not need a gym and can complete it in 20-30 minutes within your own home. So, what else is there to consider?

How We Can Help You

At Norwich Face & Body Clinic, there are many treatments to help relieve stress and encourage weight loss. Just some of the options include; 

We offer a free consultation on all treatments, along with advice and aftercare. If you would like to discuss in more detail how we can help you, book in with us.