Weight loss is a fine goal, but achieving the desired kilos is not an easy task. While many people spend time in the gym trying to shed off the extra kilos, experts say losing weight is not only about workouts and exercises but also about what you eat.
According to Kevin Mwangi, a fitness consultant with over twenty years in the fitness and bodybuilding industry and the founder of Rollin Total Fitness, people trying to lose weight should avoid processed and sugary foods that include fruits that contain high sugar levels.
This is because sugary foods have a high amount of calories which can lead to weight gain. Instead, opt for low-calorie beverages such as coffee or green tea.
”One should also cut or avoid carbohydrates, especially in the evenings, and focus more on vegetables and protein. Drink lots of water and stick to an exercise plan.’’ He said.
Drinking water 30 minutes before eating a meal has also been proven to reduce hunger, thus lessening your calorie intake. Mwangi, however, says one should engage in a particular nutrition plan depending on their lifestyle and health status –if they have any underlying medical conditions.
Other ways include getting a goodnight sleep of at least seven hours. Good sleep is not only important for your overall health but can help you lose weight. Studies have shown that sleeping can help you lose weight compared to watching TV.
This is because when you are asleep, appetite-regulating hormones ghrelin and leptin are less active, thus decreasing calorie intake.
For one to remain healthy and fit, Mwangi advised them to make some lifestyle changes such as engaging in physical activities such as walking, yoga, running, and dancing for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
”One should also eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A healthy lifestyle will significantly lower the risk of being seriously ill or dying early,’’ he said.