Many of us will resonate with the daily struggle of losing weight, but more often than not the real struggle comes with not achieving weight loss, but sustaining weight loss. Here at Face Medical, we take a whole person approach to weight loss, and look at the many reasons some of us find it difficult to lose weight and keep it off.
We titled this post Diet, Exercise or Technology – but in fact, it’s not a matter of one or the other, as the combination of all 3 is what can really help you to achieve healthy weight loss and fat reduction in the body (this is a term you’ll hear us use a lot, because weight loss should not cause detriment to your physical or mental health), and sustain it.
Let’s take a look at the role that each of these plays in healthy weight loss.
A healthy diet is key to keeping your mind and body in great condition. A healthy diet is a balanced diet, and this means not starving your body of any essential nutrients that it needs to function at optimal capacity. You may have read about trends and fads that force the body into unnatural states to force fat burning. Some of the most famous food fads in the world may work for a time, but the results are unsustainable and can cause damage to your body and your mind. Some of the side effects you may experience on a fad diet are: low mood, fatigue, lack of concentration, forgetfulness, aches and pains and in extreme cases, some food fads can cause damage to your organs. So what’s the healthy alternative? Our team at Face Medical is well placed to advise on your nutritional needs. We take you through a thorough consultation to assess your individual requirements so that you can enjoy a balanced diet that will leave you feeling energised and motivated. A great diet works hand in hand with body movement, in simple terms if you expel more calories than you consume then you will lose weight – in a measured and sustainable way. This brings us neatly onto exercise…
Have you ever logged onto YouTube, loaded up a HIIT workout and thrown the towel in after just a few minutes? Yes, us too! Contrary to popular belief, exercise doesn’t have to be gruelling to be effective. A good exercise plan works together with a healthy diet to keep your body performing, and can contribute to losing weight. We recommend that you start off with some gentle exercise and gradually build it up until that HIIT workout is no longer quite so terrifying. It’s good to remember that any form of movement burns calories, so if you’re sitting at your desk, tap your feet, wiggle and take frequent breaks even if just to walk up and down the stairs a few times. It all helps. Great forms of exercise are: walking, light jogging, swimming, cycling or if you’re ready for it, then take another look at YouTube and see what’s available. There’s so much choice from light aerobics to full on Mr Motivator style cardio workouts. To increase intensity, hold a can of beans or a bag of sugar in each hand while you’re marching! Technology in the form of smart watches or exercise apps help track your performance as well as counting the calories you’re burning, which will really help keep you going. So next stop; Technology…
The use of technology for fat loss has come on leaps and bounds. Smart phones, apps, watches and trackers were unimaginable until just a few years ago. We are much better placed to live a healthy lifestyle than ever before and here at Face Medical it’s no exception. We’ve recently invested in an amazing device to help you lose stubborn fat and maintain that loss. The Emerald Fat Loss Laser is suitable for people with up to 40 BMI, and can really work to accelerate weight loss in a fast and healthy way as part of your weight loss programme. Emerald is a completely pain free laser that penetrates stubborn fat cells, causing the fat to leak out, allowing it to be either used up as energy or dispelled naturally via the body’s lymphatic system. Face Medical is one of the first clinics in the UK to procure the Emerald Laser, from which patients can expect an incredible average 7cm overall circumference loss in just a single session. Integrating Emerald into a healthy lifestyle which includes great hydration, balanced diet and movement to aid the lymphatic system will increase your chances of not only shifting stubborn fat, but maintaining your fat loss – permanently.