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By Tammara Odessa

Losing weight can be hard. We have all heard the phrase - 'a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips'. Obesity has now become a worldwide public health problem that brings with it a high risk of developing heart disease, joint problems, cerebrovascular disease and a variety of other illnesses. More information has been made available about this, and people are making a more conscious effort to battle to lose weight, they make resolutions on New Year's day, and throughout the year as well.

What are some of the best ways to achieve weight loss? Is diet and exercise sufficient? A deeper analysis will be outlined.


When people think of weight loss, they immediately think of their diet. There are a variety of different diet plans that are now available commercially these days. Atkins, the hCG diet, the list goes on and on. The goal is the same - to burn fat, maintain muscle mass and lose weight at the same time. There are unhealthy ways to use diet to shed excess weight, so speaking to a medical professional is advised. Excluding certain foods that in fact provide essential nutrients can be harmful rather than beneficial. Seeing a dietician can be helpful to get the right advice on a diet that will help you lose weight.

Switching to fish with essential oils instead of red meat, and adding more vegetables and fruit to your diet is a great way to begin.

The Exercise Aspect

A really good way to burn excess calories is to exercise regularly. Cardiovascular exercise in particular burns calories fast, depleting glycogen stores and burning subcutaneous fat as well. There is evidence to suggest that intra-abdominal fat and obesity has a direct link with the development of insulin resistance and subsequently cardiovascular disease. To shed excess weight, it is well known that following a healthy diet and doing exercise frequently will allow you to burn more calories than you absorb daily.

Exercise requires commitment and focus. It makes sense to have a partner to exercise with, so that you can use each other as motivation to achieve goals. Many exercises help to increase cardiovascular fitness by increasing heart rates, such as cycling, cross training, swimming, brisk walks, and jogging.

Following through

It is correct that diet and exercise are the way forward when it comes to weight loss. It's never easy to begin a new diet and exercise regime, but there are many successful routines that can be followed that have helped many people lose weight. Personal trainers are another good option to help keep motivated, and many people benefit from joining a fitness club, as these things will make losing weight much more likely. Slimming clubs also have programmes and these days even diet meals are delivered home to help substitute regular meals, making dieting really easy. With all these options, there is no reason to procrastinate!


There are plenty of safe and effective weight loss techniques available. Plenty of well known diet and exercise regimes are available to assist people to lose weight the healthy way. Seeking the advice of a medical professional like a dietician or doctor is advised in order to create the best plan to lose weight in a healthy way.

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