Fitness guru Paul MacGregor explains how adopting a healthy diet can help you lose weight in the long term

OKAY. We have talked about having a healthy diet over the past few months, and, although I thought this was an easy idea to understand, it seems to have confused a lot of people, judging by the amount of emails I’ve had.

Dieting is a way to lose weight over a fairly short term, and by definition the fact that we ‘go on a diet means that we will come off it at some point. The obvious question is then ‘what next?’ When I talk about a healthy diet this is not a short term plan – it is a plan that will make you healthier, happier and fitter for the rest of your life. An example of this is a client who has been on a diet trying to lose weight for a wedding. Wedding over, diet

When I talk about a healthy diet this is not a short term plan – it is a plan that will make you healthier, happier and fitter for the rest of your life. An example of this is a client who has been on a diet trying to lose weight for a wedding. Wedding over, diet finished, weight back on. The whole point of the exercise was missed. Does that ring any bells? I’m sure you have ‘a friend’ who has done the same.

I’m asked a lot: What is the best diet? What is the best way to lose weight? The answer is easy – change to a healthy diet. You may not get results as quickly as by starving yourself, but it is a much better way to become healthier, and you have a lot more time to get to your target weight. A weight-loss

A weight-loss programme should have you shedding no more than two kilos per week, and one kilo per week is even better. So when you work out how long it will take before you can get into those jeans, that is how long it will take.

If that isn’t quick enough for you, you should have started earlier! A weight-loss programme should be advised by a qualified health professional, not by friends at the pub or colleagues at work. What works for someone may not necessarily work for you.

What works for someone may not necessarily work for you.
Even your health professional may need to try more than one approach, but they have the science to rely on. The internet,

The internet, magazines, and other people are full of information about diets and ways to lose weight, and although these may seem to have credible statistics behind them they may not be right for you. Become healthier forever, don’t diet to lose weight.
I also often hear ‘I just want to tone up,’ ‘I just want to lose a bit off my bum,’ or ‘I just want a bit of a six pack’. But working to lose weight off one part of the body is impossible in a healthy and non-surgical way. Everybody’s body is different and we all store fat in slightly different ways. Fat is stored in various parts of our body and depends on age, sex, lifestyle and many more factors. Hormones can play a huge part in fat storage and where it is placed.

But working to lose weight off one part of the body is impossible in a healthy and non-surgical way. Everybody’s body is different and we all store fat in slightly different ways. Fat is stored in various parts of our body and depends on age, sex, lifestyle and many more factors. Hormones can play a huge part in fat storage and where it is placed.

Fat is stored in various parts of our body and depends on age, sex, lifestyle and many more factors. Hormones can play a huge part in fat storage and where it is placed.

Once again (this just seems to keep coming up) a healthier balanced diet can help with this problem a lot easier than having to do 100 ab crunches every day. Our bodies are very complex machines and are unique. For instance, a vitamin deficiency can be the cause of fat being stored in certain places. So with the best will in the world, until you solve your vitamin problem you just ain’t going to shift it.

For instance, a vitamin deficiency can be the cause of fat being stored in certain places. So with the best will in the world, until you solve your vitamin problem you just ain’t going to shift it.
It is always worth seeing a nutritionist who can help you with these problems and advise you on a more balanced diet. Adding certain foods to your diet may the problem alone. You never saw that one coming did you??!!

Adding certain foods to your diet may the problem alone. You never saw that one coming did you??!!

So it’s simple. Get healthy. Get qualified professional help. Up your exercise. Sleep more and avoid stress. Doing that will make you happier and healthier. It’s that simple. If you need help you can email me at wearefitandhappy@gmail.com

If you need help you can email me at wearefitandhappy@gmail.com

1 COMMENT

  1. Popular diets have a built-in design flaw: they induce one to worry about meals, which means you inevitably drop off the diet. You must, since you can’t stop considering food.

    Once you’re off the diet, you gain weight much simpler than you ever did before you started, as your metabolism has slowed down and the food obsessions don’t instantly go away.

    You have seen the numbers that say “dieters fail to maintain their weight off 95 percent of their time”. That amount is based on a significant study done in 1917 at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Nutrition Laboratory.

    Both these studies demonstrated that there are many physical and psychological side effects of low-carb diets, and among those side effects is an average weight gain of 5 to 8 pounds.

    It’s the diet that causes the eventual weight gain, not the dieter. For years we’ve been blamed for a collapse that is built-in into the design of almost every popular diet on the market today.

    Virtually all popular diets allow you to wind up even fatter than you were before you began. And “eating right” could be equally as bad…

    Even in the event that you don’t formally ‘diet’, however you ‘eat right’ by giving up red meat, taking all of the skin off your chicken breasts, also looking for all those ‘heart-healthy’ low-fat food products, you are setting yourself up for food cravings and slow but steady weight gain. More here: https://goo.gl/mdlb1C