How to lose weight and keep it off – without going under the knife

The best ways to shed the pounds for good

Many struggling dieters turn to gastric band surgery, but there are safer and more effective ways to address unhealthy eating habits and lose weight for good.

Being overweight is bad for our health, increasing our risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer. However, while we all know the risks, losing weight isn’t always straightforward, and many of us struggle to lose the excess pounds and keep them off in the long term.

The risk of surgery

In desperation, many dieters turn to gastric band surgery, but while this approach offers results, it is not without its drawbacks. It requires undergoing major surgery which comes with its own list of risks and complications – from blood clots and post-surgical infections to unpleasant side effects such as acid reflux, vomiting after eating and even gallstones. What’s more, with a gastric band fitted, you will have to follow a severely restricted diet for the rest of your life, potentially facing nutrient and vitamin deficiencies.

And it’s not just the effect on your body that you need to consider. With an average gastric band cost of around £7000, it can also have a significant impact on your bank balance.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise helps to boost metabolism, burn calories and build lean muscle, making it a really effective weight loss method. It also increases your fitness, improves your overall health and, if you choose the right exercise, can be really enjoyable – so it’s a win-win all round. For best results, follow a workout regime that combines cardio, strength and stretching exercises and try to build more physical activity into your daily routine in order to meet the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Even small changes, such as walking to the shops or taking the stairs instead of the lift, can have a big impact over the longer term.

A balanced diet

There’s no getting away from it – following a balanced diet is a crucial element of effective and sustained weight loss. But, contrary to popular belief, this does not have to mean calorie counting and depriving yourself of all the foods that you love. What it does mean, however, is eating plenty of wholegrains, lean protein and fresh fruit and vegetables and reducing your consumption of processed foods. Portion size also plays a big part so make sure you stick to recommended serving sizes and avoid eating more than you need to.

Hypnosis

Following a balanced diet and taking regular exercise may sound like common sense, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. If you struggle to lose weight via these more conventional methods, you may want to consider trying hypnotherapy for weight loss.

A relatively new arrival on the diet scene, this rather unusual weight loss method promises significant results and is gaining a large number of fans in the process. Based on traditional hypnosis techniques and counselling approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, weight loss hypnosis aims to identify and tackle the root causes of your issues with food, providing you with the tools to make healthy long-term lifestyle changes and keep the weight off for good.

Before attempting any serious weight loss, it’s always best to seek advice from a qualified health professional. They’ll be able to assess your health, point you in the right direction and give you the guidance you need to lose weight safely and effectively.