Many weight loss companies often preach about fast and effective results. “Lose 10 kg in 10 days!” type of marketing tactics often heightens our expectations, only to leave most us disappointed and frustrated. When it comes to weight loss, you need to understand that our bodies are not machines, and many different factors such as metabolism, dietary habits, genetics and environment comes to play.
Here are the top 7 things to you need to know.
1. Losing Weight The Right Way
Weight management has a lot to do with energy balance. Of course, it’s not simply about calories but for those watching their weight, keeping a food journal is important. To put it simply, consuming more calories than you need will lead to weight gain, while burning more calories than you consume will lead to weight loss. With that said, focus more of colours instead of calories. Eat a rainbow of vegetables, eat 90% whole real food, 10% whatever-you-want.
2. Make It A Lifestyle
Successful weight management is a lifestyle. Any healthy weight management plan should incorporate the principles of healthy eating and active living. These habits should become something you grow to enjoy and can include in your daily life. Changing your diet alone or becoming more physically active without eating healthier foods will not be as effective as doing both at the same time.
3. Set SMART Weight Loss Goals
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. Write down these goals so you can monitor your progress over time. Here are some examples:
- Specific: I want to lose 5 kg by 31st June so that I can wear my blue Zara bikini on my Bali trip.
- Measurable: I want to lose 5 kg and reduce waist size by 2 inches.
- Attainable: Lose 0.5 kg per week, consistently. (That’s 12 kg in half a year).
- Realistic & Time-bound: I want to lose 3 kg per month (very do-able) by Christmas day.
A healthy weight loss goal should be not only be about food but having a positive attitude and celebrating every tiny success you’ve achieved!
4. Track Progress
Monitor weight on a weighing scale every morning on empty stomach every day can be very helpful to track your success. Regular weight checks will help you to be more conscious and help in weight maintenance in the long run. But remember, weight loss is not a linear process and weight will fluctuate every day. So, track everyday but compare your weight every week so you don’t get too stressed out about it. A healthy weight loss is about 0.5 kg to 1 kg per week.
5. Acupuncture Slimming
Some companies will tell you that you only need to do acupuncture to lose weight. Yes, bi-weekly acupuncture is crucial as acupuncture effectiveness is cumulative. However, acupuncture does not “poke away” the fats. It regulates your metabolism to increase the number of calories burnt throughout the day. At the same time, it helps to regulate your hunger hormones and keep hunger pangs at bay. Together with a well-planned meal plan, you can keep of the weight for good!
6. Essential Oils
Did you know that essential oils or creams may help with weight loss as well? The active ingredients help with the stress, insomnia, fatigue and other symptoms that might be slowing down your metabolism. By using these essential oils to massage your body, it can also reduce cellulite appearances, promotes blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, prevent formation of localised fat and improves body image for a more confident you!
7. Meridian Massage
Other than acupuncture and essential oils, a TCM based Meridian Massage may also help with weight loss. Focused on the stimulation of meridians and acupoints, it helps to clear meridian blockages, promotes smooth flow of the body’s Qi energy and improves overall health for losing weight more effectively.