We know how hard accomplishing significant weight loss can be. To be honest, you could google all the necessary information, tips and weight loss advice in Australia, about what you should do when it comes to trying to lose weight. And if you haven’t done that, you would have probably heard various weight loss help theories on all forms of media from the radio, TV and even read in magazines and newspapers.
So what makes us different here at BJC Health? Well, our weight loss dietitians don’t just have the knowledge with which to help you with losing weight but they have an innate ability to motivate you, keep you on task and most of all make this transition of your life to better health more fun! And you have a choice of three locations – Chatswood, Parramatta or Brookvale!
We know there is so much on the internet already but here are our tips when it comes to weight loss.
Top 5 Professional Weight Loss Tips
The most common professional weight loss advice given in a weight loss consultation at BJC includes:
- Avoid skipping meals
Eating food regularly helps keep your metabolism going. By skipping meals, your body automatically goes into starvation mode, where fat storage is promoted and your body tries not to burn kilojoules. If you find you are not hungry and it is meal time, take a look at what you’ve been eating for the rest of the day. Have you been snacking? Had a big meal already? It is important to listen to your appetite, and make sure your meals are portioned to keep you full, but not so full that you end up skipping a meal as it can be a vicious cycle. Eating a big dinner because you skipped breakfast and had a small lunch is common trait amongst those trying to lose weight. Breaking this cycle is necessary to enhance your body’s metabolism. Furthermore, eating regular meals results in better mental function, learning and memory, improved work performance and better strength and endurance, as blood glucose levels are maintained.
- Get Plenty of Rest
It is well documented that when we are tired, we tend to eat more in an effort to get extra energy even though our bodies do not actually need the extra energy. They just need some rest!
Drink plenty of water. Water is essential for maintaining hydration. It is the best choice as it does not contain any extra kilojoules. Keep a bottle or glass of water nearby to sip on throughout the day, rather than reaching for a soft drink or juice to help keep your body hydrated and functioning at its best. The body can also respond to a lack of hydration by feeling hungry as opposed to feeling thirsty. Hence, keeping well hydrated may reduce the need to consume excess food.
- Include lentils and legumes
If you have never eaten lentils or legumes, this may sound extremely foreign to you. Lentils and legumes are a great way of helping you feel full by not having to consume too many kilojoules. They are packed full of nutrients to help keep your body going. You can easily add them to stir-fries, soups, curries, casseroles… the list is endless. Check out our ‘Recipe of the Week’ section for some easy ideas, or ask your dietitian for basic ideas during your weight loss consultation.
- Swap less healthy choices for healthy choices, the majority of the time
This is an important part of all weight loss programs.An example, would be to have a glass of water instead of a soft drink. Have a piece of fruit instead of that donut. Not 100% of the time, as it is ok to treat yourself but remember, the more often you include that fatty burger, the longer it will take to achieve your weight loss goals.