You could restrict calories in – this usually means we prioritise the not so healthy foods (because they taste good) over the healthy ones. Controlling your food intake for the rest of the day after eating a blueberry muffin and latte at breakfast will result in hunger, low mood, lack of energy, and not enough nutrients for the body to function effectively. Having a couple of digestive biscuits mid morning, but then only eating an apple at lunch to stay within the calorie boundaries means we end up cold, irritable and probably over eating later in the afternoon! Dieting is one of restriction and lack, and it puts us into the mind-set that managing weight is hard and unenjoyable.
Increasing calories out however usually results in excessive exercise that puts a huge stress on the body. When the body is under stress it releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol will block the use of fat for fuel, and any extra calories we do eat will quickly be stored as fat. So if you have ever increased your exercise in order to manage weight better, but it has made no difference to your weight, then it is likely you are over exercising or doing the wrong type of exercise and the body is in a state of stress.
So as we come to that time of year where new years resolutions take over and for the month of January everyone goes a bit nutty let me give you some top tips to manage your weight without stress and restriction in 2021.
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Has been in the wellbeing industry for 18 years and is passionate about helping people understand how simple getting healthy really is.