A recent study found that exercise is more critical than diet to maintain weight loss.
The study showed that successful weight-loss maintainers rely on physical activity to remain in energy balance to avoid weight regain. Losing weight is hard enough so it is super frustrating when your hard work is undone.
Luckily our experts are on hand with their top tips for healthy and effective ways to keep the weight off.
Less is more
Less is more when it comes to exercise! Sounds too good to be true right? Well okay perhaps not less is more, but definitely less than you think.
After you’ve found the exercise regime that works for you and most of all that you enjoy, you’ll need time to recuperate. The UK’s leading nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville (www.glenvilleclinics.com) explains in her book Natural Alternatives to Dieting, “Don’t exercise everyday.
Once you get into exercise it can be tempting to do so as you’re feeling so good, but the body needs rest days. If you don’t have the chance to recuperate between exercise sessions, you can actually lose muscle.
Then your metabolism will slow down, so you are solving nothing. Let your body recover properly, and then you will be able to work at maximum capacity in your regular workouts and continue to burn fat.
For more exercise tips read Natural Alternatives to Dieting. Dr Glenville shares her expertise on how you can take more effective and realistic steps to become the healthiest version of yourself (£9.97, available at Amazon.).
Dr Sarah Brewer, working in association with CuraLin, the type 2 diabetes supplement (www.curalife.co) explains how to get the most out of your HIIT sessions, “as your fitness improves, increase your workout’s intensity by increasing the HIIT time and decreasing your rest time.
For example, you can slowly increase your HIIT period from 20 seconds to 30 seconds, and shorten your rest period from one minute down to 10 seconds.
Because HIIT increases your heart rate more than a steady-state exercise, such as brisk walking, it burns more calories and helps you lose more fat than with more traditional forms of exercise. However, it’s important to check with your doctor before starting HIIT if you have type 2 diabetes – some people with high blood pressure or heart problems may be advised not to perform this type of intense exercise.”
Dr Brewer continues, “Some studies suggest that HIIT helps to reduce total body fat, subcutaneous leg and trunk fat, insulin resistance and promote improvements in glucose control and cardiovascular health in people with type 2 diabetes. However, more research is needed to ensure this is a safe and effective approach for people with type 2 diabetes before it can be widely recommended. It is very much an individual thing based on a person’s overall health and fitness level.”
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Consider a supplement to support recovery
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