5 tips to lose weight

by By Shirley Hew
published on 30 June 2016

Eating sensibly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are part of keeping in good shape.

1. MONITOR YOUR FOOD INTAKE

Ms Sandra Wong, a personal trainer, said: “Avoid starving yourself as this can cause you to lose muscle mass and affect your metabolism.” She suggested going for a well-balanced diet that consists of carbohydrates, protein, vegetables and fruits in each meal.

2. HAVE BREAKFAST

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it kick-starts your metabolism. Ms Wong said: “Your body needs regular meals to keep your metabolism going. Skipping breakfast can make you hungry, causing you to overeat at your next meal. “For a filling breakfast, go for foods such as oats and eggs. They make you feel full longer.”

3. SNACK SMARTLY

If you need to snack between meals, set yourself a time to do so. Then avoid snacking at other times. Go for healthy snacks like fruit or nuts.

4. EXERCISE REGULARLY

Commit to burn off the calories you eat. But avoid doing the same exercise routine every time. Ms Wong said: “To lose weight, focus on compound exercises that target different muscle groups. This lets you use more energy. Avoid repetitive exercises as your body will not burn as much calories once it has reached a comfortable level with a routine set of exercises.” She recommended having two different workout routines every six months to keep your body constantly challenged.

5. PACE YOURSELF

Remember to keep to a regular and steady pace while exercising. Ms Wong recommended alternating your workout routines with a mix of high intensity, moderate and light exercises on a weekly schedule. It makes your weight loss efforts more manageable with lasting results. She said: “It is hard for your body to keep up with high intensity workouts for over prolonged periods of time. You over exhaust yourself and wear your body out.”

This article provides general information only and is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult medical or healthcare professionals for advice on health-related matters.