Options for weight loss
The best way to lose weight, and to keep it off, is by combining regular activity with a change in diet.
This dual approach works because:
Being more active
- Burns more energy
- Helps increase and maintain muscle tissue
- Increases the rate at which you burn up energy
Changing your diet helps you
- Lower your energy intake
- Develop healthier eating habits
We recommend modest changes that bring about slow gradual weight loss, no more than 1-2 lbs (1/2 – 1 kg) a week. It means your body has a chance to get used to eating differently. In the long term it will help you to forge better eating habits and help to prevent future weight gain.
The average woman needs around 2000 kcal (calories) each day and the average man 2500 kcal. But you will need less if you are very inactive and more if you are play a lot of sport, are always on the go or have a physical job.
To lose weight try adopting changes to your diet that reduce your energy intake by 250-500 calories. At the same time increase your activity (energy expenditure) by 250-500 calories. A deficit of just 500 calories (250 from food and 250 by being more active) can help you lose 1-2 lbs (1/2 – 1 kg) a week.