…is the natural way, slowly.
Part of the problem is impatience. There is no magic pill that will undo years of unhealthy habits. Two wrongs do not make a right. You can’t have a cake and eat it too. However, people like to fall into this trap: I’ll enjoy the food and then either take some exotic supplement/enzyme/amino acid (whatever) to help with digestion, or run it off, or something like that. Unfortunately, it does not work like this. If you have put on weight, chances are it did not happen overnight but slowly over the years. And that’s why it catches people unaware – because it happens so slowly. But to reverse the process, it also has to happen slowly. Losing weight quickly is actually bad for health. In most cases you just lose water and that is dangerous. A diet plan designed to lose weight quickly will accomplish that but with nasty side effects, like losing water or muscle tissue.
Human body is very complex and although science is pretty advanced, it still cannot comprehend fully the whole complexity. There is always some unforeseen factor that catches people unaware. Take for example this french weight loss pill. People have actually died. And this is not an isolated case, there are many more that we don’t even hear about.
So forget about all those quick fixes. Do yourself a favour and don’t try to be too ambitious. Do not listen to what the new-agers and feel-gooders say that you have to think big and set huge (impossible) goals. It’s not worth the risk and your health is far too important. Plus, not achieving your goals can be discouraging. Do it slowly and safely. What is safely, you may ask? Losing about 0.5 to 1 kg per week. Any more is asking for trouble. When I was losing weight, I was averaging just under 0.5kg per week.
And you would be surprised how little exercise you actually need. I have recently read an article where scientists have asked this question. It was not “how much exercise” but “how little exercise do people need to stay healthy”. The conclusions from the study were that about 20 minutes a day was enough and that interval training was better than continuous training. This also fits with my way of thinking – I do about 30 minutes 5 times a week: 3-4 times resistance training and once or twice a week interval training.