Say no to all those weight loss gimmicks, potions and wonder shakes for now.
The New Year should begin with sound knowledge and information. So the only solution to weight loss is diet and exercise.
Dieting doesn't mean starving yourself. Rather, it is choosing the type of food you eat that counts. In fact, diet alone or crash diets are the worst possible things to do if you want to lose weight, and keep it off.
The simple funda is more the input more should be the output to maintain a balanced body weight. Your body weight comes in a simple equation.
More calories you take and less you burn will make your weight rise.
But there is caution: Beware of rapid weight loss. You should only be losing 0.5kg a week or 10kg in six months.
A lot of slimming centres help you reduce water retention. Unfortunately, it will all come back. No thermal blankets please. That's water not fat!
The slimming centres that truly help you will combine some sort of diet and exercise regime in addition to their other programmes.
Another myth is that ageing causes metabolism to slow down. It is not true that a slowing metabolism is the main cause of creeping obesity as we age. In the Western world, the 35-year-old man gains 0.45kg of fat each year until he hits 50. A woman gains proportionately more.
Another wakening is : Eating less than 130g of carbohydrate a day can build up ketones in your blood, which can lead to gout and kidney stones. So never say a complete no to carbs.
Never skip breakfast when loosing weight. Studies have shown that people who skip breakfast or eat fewer meals a day tend to be heavier than those who eat breakfast and four or five meals a day.
Some New Year great tips are
• Don't crash diet.
• Cut back on fats, refined sugars and increase your fruit, vegetable and wholegrain carbohydrate intake. Beware of fast food.
• Watch what you drink. Soft drinks and alcohol contain a lot of hidden calories.
• Exercise for 30 minutes a day.