Weight Loss: The Do's and Don'ts

This week we will be talking about weight loss.

I’ve been getting questions from so many people recently asking me how to lose weight effectively. The most common question is: do I need to cut out sugar and carbs completely? It frustrates me that so much false info has been thrown at us since our teens. Obviously, new methods are always found, such as keto, intermittent fasting, fad diets and diet pills, but the common denominator will always be a ‘calorie deficit’. Quite simply, the only way to drop the KG’s is to eat less than you expend. It doesn’t matter if you eat a slice of cake or if you have a kale salad.

So what does this mean?

We all need to eat a different amount of food based on our gender, age, height and activity level. So just like in everything in life, one size DOES NOT fit all; therefore, following a generic diet of 2,000 kcal might not work for you. To lose weight you first have to find out how many calories you have been eating and then adjust for your goals. Simple as that. I won’t go too much into it because if it is something that really interests you, you can book a consultation with me. It took me a long time to reach the realization that I didn’t have to deprive myself to lose weight, as I love chocolate and baked goods. This became evident when I decided I wanted to trim down during lockdown and managed to lose 7kg to date. It’s been fun seeing the change in my body, a change that I didn’t realise I needed. I wasn’t fat, but I had developed some pudginess on my abdomen, back and upper arms. I feel great and I want to keep going.

Another thing that is really important when it comes to weight loss is to be patient. You will not lose all the weight you want to lose in two weeks. If you do manage to do that, most of it will most likely be water weight. Losing weight takes time. It probably took me three months to lose 7kg and it took constantly adjusting my calorie intake to achieve this.

So be patient and if you would like to come up with a plan to achieve your weight loss goal, please book my nutrition subscription.

** As a qualified personal trainer I am allowed to give nutritional guidance, but am not allowed to prescribe a specific plan. So be prepared with pen and paper and be ready for me to check in with you weekly to see how you are tracking.

Much love,

Sabrina Ines

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