According to National Health Morbidity Health Survey 2019, 50.1% of adults in Malaysia were overweight or obese. Obesity is more than just a cosmetic issue. Being overweight puts you at risk for many serious health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, etc.
If you want to start your journey to having a fit and fabulous body, here are some tips:
Set realistic targets:
If you are trying to slim down, set realistic weight loss goals and determine how to get there. It is important to have measurable goals so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Remember, drastic weight loss should be avoided as it can be detrimental to health.
Count your calories:
Getting in shape would be much more difficult if you have bad eating habits. It is time to commit to eating better and healthier. The number of calories you need each day is based on your weight, height, age and gender. Counting calories helps you eat fewer calories and goes a long way to staying in good shape.
Go for healthier food choices:
Begin with simple changes. If you find yourself at the fast-food chains more often than not, go only once a week or commit to cooking at home at least five nights a week. Practice oil-free cooking methods such as steaming, boiling and grilling.
Pick a workout you love:
Motivation is what drives you to make things happen but staying motivated is not always easy. You do not have to spend hours in a gym and force yourself into a strenuous workout. A little exercise is better than nothing. Pick an exercise or workout you genuinely enjoy so that you will stick to a regular routine.
Seek social support:
Having social support is a great way to stay motivated in your weight loss journey. It is easier to stick with a weight loss plan when you have support. Consider starting or joining a weight-loss group to share information and seek social support. Fit & Fabulous Facebook Group is a platform for members to share their weight-loss journey, diet and exercise plan, and motivate each other.
Do not get discouraged by what you cannot accomplish. Instead of obsessing over results, focus on consistency. It is the key to achieve your weight-loss goals. All the best!