My timeline at the moment is full of people who have put on weight during lockdown and are now looking to do something about it. If you want to lose a bit of weight now that life is getting back to normal, here are a few tips to get you started:
There’s been a lot of research about intermittent fasting and it has shown that for many people, fasting can help the body to drop weight. Intermittent fasting is easier that it sounds. Depending on the type of fast you want to do, it can be as simple as moving your evening meal a little earlier, and breakfast the following day a little later. Look here for more info on intermittent fasting.
You don’t need to spend hours in the gym to get your body into fat burning mode; instead take a look at the multitude of HIIT workouts available online. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. Usually you’ll do an interval of really high intensity exercise, where you push yourself as hard as you can for a set amount of time, before having a short break.
If you have a lot of weight to lose and you’re struggling, prescription medication such as Orlistat could help. This sort of medication is only available to people with a BMI over 30; they prevent your body absorbing fat from the food you eat. You do need a prescription to get this medication, but you can complete an online consultation with an online pharmacy where you can do the whole process online.
Lifting weights burns calories and keeps your metabolism high. When you’re losing weight there’s a risk that your metabolism will lower to account for this change. You could also find that you lose muscle as well as fat which is not ideal. By lifting weights you prevent both of these things – and you help to maintain fitness.
Weigh yourself every day
This one might be contradictory to a lot of what you’ve read or thought, but recent studies have shown that people who weigh themselves every day stay on track more with their weight loss goals. Use an app like Map My Fitness or even just a spreadsheet to keep track of your weight on a day to day basis. This will also help you to recognise fluctuations in your weight, so that going up or down by a couple of pounds over the course of the week or month is normal and not cause for panic.