Whether you're trying to lose weight, or are trying not to gain weight, there are lots of tips and guides that can help you to achieve your goal. From counting calories to not eating late, there's lots of practical ways to achieve it.
Have you ever asked yourself, Do I need to lose weight? To find out if you do, just jump on the scales! It is a simple question of knowing how much you weigh. Then use the BMI calculator that we provide in our tools section (coming very soon - apologies). If you are two stone above your ideal weight, then you are classed as being obese and yes, you need to lose weight.
Although being overweight (but not obese) is not necessarily unhealthy for you, image conscious people may feel more inclined to want to try and lose weight? This is more a case of trying to meet the expectations of society than attempting to lose weight for health benefits, although the two are, in essence a means to an end.
Achieving your weight loss can ensure you gain in confidence and get specific health benefits like lower blood pressure. Looking and feeling better, you'll also have a lot more energy as you shift the weight and increase the exercise.
Lets be honest, if you have to ask if you need to lose weight then you probably do or at very least want to tone up a little. High blood pressure, poor diet and little exercise are all key indicators of the need to reduce your weight.
Examining your daily diet is important for finding out whether or not you actually need to lose weight, or just change what you are eating.
For example, if you consume a lot of salt in your diet, (a lot of salt is considered to be 0.5g sodium/100g of food by FSA) then you will retain more water and that can make you bloated. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to lose weight.
Using Body Mass Index (BMI) figures combined with calorie charts and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), you can establish how much weight you need to lose. But remember if you do a lot of working out and have large muscles, they weight more than that fat so do not work with a standard BMI chart.
Find all the information you require by consulting your doctor before beginning any weight loss programmes or diet plans.
Never assume you are overweight just because a chart says you are. Look at things like muscle and water retention before you go rushing into drastic changes to your lifestyle and eating habits.
It is also very important to be aware of the potential for becoming disillusioned with an eating disorder. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa for example are highly detrimental to your health so be careful not to become overwhelmingly obsessive regarding weight loss. It can be difficult knowing how to manage your weight so find a diet that can allow you to maintain and sustain your ideal weight.