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Weight Loss & You

Want to lose weight? Here at Manor Pharmacy we have put together a handy guide to help you reach your weight loss goal. Whether you want to lose a little or a lot of weight this guide will help you find ways you can achieve your weight loss target.

THE REPLACEMENTS:

Start by swapping your food! Change from a normal can of beans to a low fat, low salt can of beans, change from white bread to wholemeal bread. Swapping your current food for healthy alternatives can be the easiest way to gradually phase in your new healthy eating regime.

Trying to go "cold turkey" or too many drastic changes is not the best way to start your new eating regime, make a slow and gradual transition so that over the weeks and months you can begin to replace foods with much healthier options. 

GET ACTIVE:

If you have joined a gym or are planning on doing so then you will be given an introduction on how to use all the equipment. Almost all gyms now will have staff on hand to speak to you about setting up a tailor made weight loss regime for you. Seek the advice from the staff and they can set out weekly goals and targets for you, not only will your fitness levels increase, but you will also have more motivation to reach the set targets, this structure can be beneficial to those who may find it hard to stick to exercise if left to themselves.

If the gym is not for you then you can start off by making gradual changes to your fitness. Start by walking more, need to go to the local shop? Walk there rather than taking the car. On the bus? Get off a few stops before you have to and walk the rest of the way to your destination.

Doing house work is a great way to keep active because your are on the move and working your entire body even cleaning the house will help increase your overall fitness levels.

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If running is difficult for you start by going for walks, then as your fitness levels improve increase the distance and speed at which you walk. You can transfer this method to running as well, start off with a comfortable distance then begin to push yourself further each week.

MEDICATION:

There will be many suspicious looking websites offering all kinds of products that claim to have unbelievable weight loss properties, and the general rule is to think of them as unbelievable!

There are no magic pills that will allow you to lose weight and continue an unhealthy lifestyle. The only way to truly lose weight is a balance of a healthy diet and regular exercise. Don't waste your money on products which not only will leave you out of pocket, but can also have a negative impact on your health.

There are a few products on the market which can help supplement healthy weight loss, however these products will not do the work for you, they can help aid in the weight loss process but the hard work still needs to be done by you. Adios Herbal Tablets and Alli Caps can help supplement the weight loss process however before you use these products speak to your GP about them and whether or not they will be the right or healthy option for you. 

MAKE A NOTE:

Keeping a food and exercise journal will be beneficial in many different aspects in your weight loss process. 

After a few weeks have passed you will be able to look and notice eating patterns, you will be able to identify the high fat foods you eat and be able to replace these with healthier alternatives. You may notice that you seem to eat more food on particular days, this will allow you to think why that is and what you can do to change this.

Don't like the idea of a psychical journal, well if you have a smart phone there are hundreds of apps you can download which will allow you to do the same thing. Another benefit of keeping a log is you can keep on top of what you are eating and be able to use this as motivation as you can see, over time, the change in your diet. This can be that little boost you need at times to keep going.

DRINK YOURSELF FIT:

Alcohol and fizzy sugary drinks are full or fat and sugars and ultimately high in calories, some people never take in to account that what you are drinking is just the same as what you are eating.

You can stick to a strict food diet but if you do not keep on top of the amount of fizzy and alcoholic drinks you consume then all that good work is wasted. Try swapping fizzy drinks for water or a low sugar cordial drink. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to weight gain. Try to keep your alcohol intake to a minimum. 

and FINALLY:

  • Don't overuse the scales, this can be a negative factor from a mental point of view. Only weigh yourself every few weeks, think of the long term goal.
  • Drink as much water as you can.
  • Ignore fad diets, these are short term stop gaps and many can even be harmful to your health.
  • Seek support and help from your friends, family or gym buddies.
  • Losing weight is a rewarding long term process, there are no quick fixes.
  • Take small steps, introduce everything gradually.
  • Allow yourself an occasional treat, but make sure you are at a stage where you know this will not trigger old habits.

With weight loss all the work is down to you, but with drive and determination you can make these changes and feel fitter and better about yourself.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE:

There are certain medications available which can help you to lose weight. Manor Pharmacy offer Xenical capsules, which is used to help people suffering from obesity. Xenical work by preventing the body from absorbing the fat from food you eat. By reducing the amount of fat absorbed into the body, Xenical can help you lose weight more easily. Xenical capsules will start to show effects normally within 2 weeks of taking them, and you may continue to lose weight for 6 to 12 months. Any more weight loss may begin to level off, even if you continue to take Xenical  This doesn't mean that the Xenical tablets stop working, it simply means that people that continue to take Xenical are better equipped to maintain their weight loss.

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