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A healthy balanced diet and exercise go hand-in-hand when it comes to weight loss and your chances of success are greatly improved if you can balance these two elements.
Your weight is controlled by the energy (calories) that you take in through food and drink and the energy that you expend, through activity and exercise. This is what nutritionists called the 'energy balance equation' and whatever your weight loss goals you need to keep this equation in mind.
Balancing your energy intake with energy expenditure is not just the most effective way to manage your weight it is also the healthiest. Overly strict diets can be hard to stick with long-term and increase the risk of nutritional deficiencies, over-exercising increases the risk of problems with joints and injury, which is another reason why a combination of diet and exercise is way forward is you want to lose weight.
One-size-fits-all rarely works when it comes to clothing and it doesn't work with dieting either. We are all different people and have different goals, so personalising your diet goals improves your chances of success. Knowing how many calories you consume each day and how many you use puts you in control of the energy balance equation.
Wearing a fitness tracker to monitor your activity will give you detailed information about how many calories you burn each day and when this information is combined with that from a food tracking app, you can tailor your weight loss program to your personal needs. This will make your diet flexible and easier to stick with long term, which will help you not just lose the weight you need but more importantly, to keep the weight off.
As well as burning calories; exercise, especially resistance exercise like weights, will help to build muscle and tone your body. Your metabolic rate, which is the rate at which your body burns calories, is related to your muscle mass and the more muscle you have the more calories your body burns.
As you progress with your diet and exercise regimen you will start to convert body fat into muscle, this means that when you step on the scale it may not change that much. For this reason, it's useful to invest in a set of smart scales, which will measure your percentage body fat and muscle mass as well as your weight ' this way you get a much clear picture of what's happening inside your body.
Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.