Posted on 19 Feb 2021 Views 2052 Comments 35
The effects of being overweight or obese are well-documented, and there’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’ve experienced some of these.
There are many ways which being overweight or obese affects our health, including:
However, what is the best way to lose weight, and how can the approach we choose affect our health and success at losing weight? This article will explore these questions.
There has been lots of research comparing different approaches to losing weight. The conclusions from the majority of these studies is that any diet (and lifestyle approach) where you build in an energy deficit (e.g. by consuming less energy (calories) than before) will cause weight loss. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to weight loss – it’s down to what suits the individual.
Following a very low calorie diet (VLCD) like Slim & Save is often a popular choice for people who have tried more ‘conventional’ diets and found they have not worked. VLCDs work by providing a low carbohydrate intake, forcing the body to break down fat at a quicker rate to provide the energy the body needs.
It’s important to remember that there is no quick fix – even if you follow a very low calorie diet (like Slim & Save), which enables you to lose weight more quickly than other approaches, you still have to work really hard to ensure the weight doesn’t come back on again after you finish the diet. People who successfully lose weight and keep it off in the long term develop techniques to make their new eating, lifestyle and activity habits an enjoyable way of life.
It’s also important to remember that any dietary approach should consider whether the body will obtain all the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. For example, not having enough calcium in the diet (e.g. by restricting dairy intake) will put the bones at risk; not having enough vitamin C in the diet (e.g. by restricting fruit intake) may reduce your immunity and affect your bone and skin health. There is also some evidence to suggest that if your diet is low in certain vitamins and minerals (micronutrients), your weight loss success can be hampered. One study showed that participants tended to feel fuller after a meal rich in micronutrients, even though they were eating fewer calories that on the low-micronutrient diet. This would suggest that eating enough micronutrients would help you achieve more successful weight loss.
In view of what we’ve talked about in the above section, it’s really important that if you’re following the Slim & Save approach, you follow the diet correctly, i.e. consuming the correct number of packs each day, along with the recommended protein and vegetable portions (if you’re on the Lifestyle plan). In particular, don’t feel tempted to skip a pack in a bid to lose weight quicker. Not only could doing this affect your weight loss, but may also affect your health. Skipping a pack will mean your intake of certain key nutrients, like calcium, iron and B vitamins will be too low. All our packs are formulated to contain the optimum amount of vitamins and minerals to support your health.
Written by Annemarie Aburrow RD BSc (Hons) PGDip, Slim & Save Dietitian.
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