There are a number of companies that advertise the benefits of a detoxifying cleanse for good health, but you don’t really need one. Whilst it may not be as exciting, eating a health range of foods that includes protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats is the healthiest way to lose weight and maintain that weight loss.

It’s the liver and kidneys that take care of the body’s detoxification needs, and there’s no need to follow any special diet. It might sound boring but small changes really make a big difference.

Whether it’s skipping that extra muffin or mixing less sugar in your coffee, seemingly small changes on a daily basis can add up to a big change in your weight. A deficit of five hundred calories a day can lead to a kilogram weight loss each week and a gradual weight loss.

And don’t forget that drinks can make a big impact on weight-loss success. Restrict alcohol intake to a single glass a day, but for the rest of the day, stick to water. Drinking water regularly helps weight control.

Fad diets don’t work. Some gimmicks work for some people, but most often, they don’t make any difference. There are lots of photos of people that have going from a size 16 to a size 10 in a week, but the research shows that extreme dieting can be unhealthy.

Two or so kilograms a week is a sensible aim. Realistic goals make anything achievable. Try and “keep it real” every day, and the results will surprise you!

Questions:

  • What’s the best way to assess your weight? Scales? Waist circumference?
  • Can medications cause weight gain?
  • Is one type of alcohol better than another when weight is being concerned?

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