Being overweight means that you have too much fat stored in your body. So to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. You can do this by exercising more or by eating less food that store fat. Not necessarily less food, just less of the food which goes straight to fat storage. Really, you should do both for maximum effect. Since you are not just concerned about weight loss here, but also about healthy eating, or healthy activities, then you should only consider that which will improve your health, over and above what simply losing weight will. Exercise is good and should always be part of everyone’s daily activities, whether trying to lose weight or not. It doesn’t have to be strenuous or a cardio work out. Walking a mile will burn as much as running the same distance. Yoga is a wonderful way to relax the mind at the same time as toning the body. One of the easiest ways to lose weight, without spending any money or much thought is to cut out sugar. This also means cutting out the artificial sugar alternatives, by the way. These have different but more toxic ways to harm your health. So stop eating dessert (assuming the dessert is one with added sugar). Eat fresh fruit instead. Cut out chocolate and candy bars. Eat some fresh or dried fruit instead. Cut out soft drinks or beverages with added sugar or sweetener. Drink water instead. Cut out cakes and biscuits. Eat sticks of raw carrot or celery instead. Check the ingredients of all food that comes in a packet or can. You’ll be surprised how many contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. Most of the raw ingredients in processed food are inferior in quality – cheap is what I’m trying to say politely. To add the missing flavour, refined sugar is added. Typical examples include your morning cereal, dry crackers of biscuits and bread. Have fresh fruit or porridge with honey for breakfast instead of cereal or toast. The target for healthy eating for weight loss should be about one to two pounds (one kilo) per week. If you try to lose more than that, it is likely to be detrimental to your health and probably won’t last. Losing 25 kilo (50 pounds) in a year, that is permanent weight loss, is pretty amazing. You can find more easy tips on healthy eating for weight loss. It can be easy and fun and is a great example to set your children.
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