There are a variety of methods that help people lose weight, but each method will definitely work for individuals. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to losing weight. Some people shed weight by exercising constantly, and others prefer to do the hard work in the kitchen. Neither is wrong, and neither is right – it really does depend on the person. However, there are some standard methods that everybody can follow, which will set them in the right direction.

Never skip a meal, especially not breakfast!

Skipping a meal means you eat less and consume fewer calories, right? Unfortunately, this is a common myth and is a method that people often use when trying to lose weight.

However, skipping a meal can have disastrous consequences. Not only does it mean you are missing out on key nutrients and minerals, but you are also likely to feel drained due to a lack of energy. Plus, you always risk eating more later in the day or having more significant portions because you are hungry. Fasting is not easy and requires a lot of willpower, which many people don’t have. It might seem relatively easy for the first couple of days, but soon, you could succumb to temptation. The thing with starving yourself and skipping meals is that all your work can be undone quite easily. One big meal and all those calories you missed will be there anyway.

Lastly, if you skip meals, you might not have the energy to do anything. So not only are you skipping meals, but you are also skipping exercise. You might not have a social life if you have no energy. It’s a vicious circle and one you should try to avoid.

Drink lots of water and consume a balanced and healthy diet

You’re probably bored to death hearing this, but it is so true. It has never been more essential to consume a balanced and healthy diet. You will lose much more weight by eating healthily and exercising than by skipping meals. A common saying is that 80% of the work in weight loss is done in the kitchen. And that definitely can be true. A balanced and healthy diet can also help you feel motivated to exercise, which is always a bonus.

There are certain foods which will help you to feel better about yourself. Knowing that you are consuming your recommended 5 portions of fruit and veg a day can significantly impact your mental health. You can eat three full meals daily and consume fewer calories than you would be burning. That’s how weight loss is essentially achieved. Put simply, ensure you are drinking plenty of water to help flush toxins out of your body. However, also eat a measured and balanced diet. There are plenty of ways to work out what foods are good for your body and what aren’t. Remember, not every food that is considered healthy is healthy for everybody. In addition, you may have an adverse reaction like a food allergy or food intolerance, so be careful what you put into your body.

Exercise where you can, but don’t force it

Regarding exercising, running, cycling and jogging will help with weight loss. Playing sports and doing aerobic exercise will also help. And as with everything health-wise, it helps you physically and mentally. Achieving your weight loss goals can do wonders mentally. The satisfaction of completing a target and looking good in the process, what is not to love?

Being active, even for a walk, helps you achieve weight loss and keeps it off. There are other added health benefits, but it enables you to get one step closer to achieving your goals. Dieting helps to lose weight, but doing exercise means you can burn off the excess calories that dieting just cannot do. 

One of the most important aspects of exercising is ensuring you do not force it. If you force it, then you are likely to resent doing it. And if you don’t like doing it, you won’t be doing it correctly. There is nothing worse than going on a run and not feeling it. That 5k turns into a right slog and a waste of time. Just make sure you are doing the right things at the right time. Many people opt to join communities to find the motivation to lose weight. Whether slimming communities or joining a gym, not feeling alone is an excellent motivator in losing weight.

Enjoy exercising and dieting, and good luck with your weight loss goals!