A crash diet that severely restricts your calorie intake will deprive you of valuable nutrients. Plus, it will make you weak and irritable -- which leads to binge eating. If you don't want your weight to yoyo up and down, you need to make dietary changes that you can stick to over the course of your lifetime, not just a couple weeks.
You shouldn't rush into a new exercise routine either -- especially if you haven't gotten off the couch for months. You'll likely struggle early on and get unmotivated. And, if you rush into extreme exercise, you drastically increase the likelihood of injuring yourself. Instead, ease your way into fitness by gradually increasing your activity levels.
Instead of jumping into a drastic diet plan, start cutting calories the easy way.
You don't need to start running 10 kilometres a day instantly to lose weight. If your life has been extremely sedentary, begin by gradually adding more movement into your daily routine.
Keep track of your weight, diet and exercise by writing it down in a journal. You can also use online food logs and nutrition/fitness tracking software like CalorieKing.au. Keeping track of your progress is a good motivating tool, plus you'll be able to see where you could still use improvement.
By taking your health seriously, you can get the weight off and keep it off. Over time, continue to increase your activity levels with longer, more difficult workouts while also eliminating unhealthy foods from your diet.
Strive to eat whole foods (rather than processed or fast food) 80 per cent of the time. Soon you'll find yourself craving a salad rather than a candy bar.
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