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Direct triggers, for example, of regular takeaways and ready meals, comfort eating, excessive hunger or lack of exercise are relatively easy to identify but can still take as much support to overcome as the more complicated causes of weight gain. Whilst some reasons for weight gain may be obvious, there can be more complex underlying triggers such as hypothyroidism, certain medications, high exposure to toxins (past or present) and hormonal changes.

Whether the underlying causes are complex or simple, it is important to make strategic steps towards dietary and lifestyle changes. Whatever the underlying causes, the foundation steps for weight loss are the same. Everyone will require certain aspects of the plan to be fine-tuned towards their individual triggers but without this solid foundation and a good understanding of the reasons why you may have gained weight, it is impossible to get and maintain the results you want.

It is important to have an understanding of both the dietary and behavioural changes you need to make in order to achieve a healthy weight. More crucially, you need to know why your body needs this, leading to a greater understanding of both your body and your emotional habits towards eating. Owning the knowledge of how to make positive, realistic changes will help give you the body you deserve. In the one-day Zeal Health weight loss workshops we address all of these aspects as well as the simple and more complex factors involved in weight gain and leave you with the tools for better control both physically and emotionally when it comes to food.

How to be healthy

Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard work, boring or overly time-consuming. It is about making simple, gradual changes to your habits that in turn will make you feel great. Who doesn’t want that?

You also have to think of the downsides of being unhealthy; lack of energy, un-refreshing sleep, poor skin and weight gain are common symptoms of being unhealthy. Significant weight gain above a healthy body mass index has been associated with a wide variety of health conditions. Heart disease and diabetes are two of the most serious health concerns associated with obesity. Joint problems and lack of mobility can often arise as well.

It is important not to feel overwhelmed bby the things you should do to become healthy. Make a list of the things that you want to achieve and keep those fixed in your mind. Then, make a decision that you will achieve that goal by making small, steady steps until you reach it. Don’t set yourself a target to be significantly lighter and more energetic by next week but give yourself a time-scale of three months on which to assess how far you have come. Keep your goals fixed in your mind and make small, steady changes until you get there.

What is a healthy weight?

A healthy weight does take into account various factors such as height and muscle mass as well as how much body fat you carry. The body mass index (BMI) compares your weight and height and gives you an idea of which category that you fall into. Remember this is only a rough guide and you will need to speak to a health professional to confirm whether your weight is healthy or not. To check out your BMI, visit our health tips page and simply enter your height and weight into the calculator.

If you are either overweight or underweight, it is important to consider what steps you are going to take to help change this in a positive and healthy way. Our weight-loss workshops; ‘The Secrets to Successful Weight Loss’ have enable many people to achieve incredible results whilst looking at both the dietary and emotional triggers for their weight gain.

How to lose fat

Losing weight isn’t always as simple as losing fat. Many people who go onto a harsh starvation plan will find themselves losing large amounts of water and also muscle mass but still retain the fat. Although they feel thinner, the weight loss is very short-term as once they start eating normally again, the weight goes straight back on. An additional problem is that when we lose muscle mass, our metabolic rates drops as we are burning less calories. That means we are likely to put weight on more easily.

Losing fat and therefore weight, can only be achieved successfully and healthily with an understanding of what foods the body needs to lose weight as well as which foods slow down the process. For example, certain fats can help you to lose weight whilst other ones are bad for your health.

Our workshops show you how to lose weight, feel energised and control food cravings. We also show you how to read food labels properly, understand how to break the diet cycle and take control of your body. These very successful workshops provide an understanding of both the dietary and behavioural changes you need to make in order to achieve a healthy weight. We also crucially explain why your body needs this, leading to a greater understanding of both your body and your emotional habits towards eating. We also explain how to make positive, realistic changes to help give you the body you deserve. We address the simple and more complex factors involved in weight gain and leave you with the tools for better control both physically and emotionally when it comes to food.

Meal plan to lose weight

Whilst some people find that limiting themselves to a meal plan is a short-term way to lose weight, it is restrictive and often leads to boredom and failure. Our workshops show you the foods that help to lose weight as well as those that don’t. We provide detailed, interactive advice about how to eat differently for long-term success rather than short-term misery. Taking control of your diet, not depriving yourself and yet looking and feeling good is what our one-day workshops are about. We teach you about how to read food labels, which foods help with weight loss, how to control cravings, emotional eating and many other aspects that enable people to achieve the weight they want to be.

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