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What's the Best Way to Lose Weight?

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Published November 28th 2011
This chap would probably feel confident in a mankini, Wikipedia
This chap would probably feel confident in a mankini, Wikipedia

If you've ever tried on your bikini (or mankini) and stepped back from the mirror screaming, you'll know the feeling. Where did all that come from - all that flabby stuff, those love handles, that spare tyre in development? (although, come to think of it, a spare tyre does sound useful).

You could try reassuring yourself - after all, everyone knows how summer clothing shrinks during its hibernation in wardrobes during winter. Hmmm. If that doesn't work, read on.

So what's the best way to lose weight in this town?

That's the question we're asking Sydneysiders to help us with. Do you have a top secret foolproof method that zaps adipose tissue pronto? Maybe permanently?

Here's a brief review of the standard answers to get you started.

Embracing exercise is an obvious means to a new svelte-self. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you do it often. Here at Weekend Notes, we've reviewed a bunch of ways to exercise in Sydney. For the diehards, there's always bootcamp. Or you could consider hiring yourself a personal trainer.

Ballet burns calories too. Or going for a bike ride. Even gardening.

And there's a whole array of walks. Although, there can be side-effects of getting around on foot. According to Friedrich Nietzsche, "All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking." Beware, you may find you have far more great thoughts.

Hoeing only into healthy foods is another obvious path to take. It's a painful thought, but try cutting down on the desserts, unless they're fruit. (And no, a fruit tart is not fruit. There's 3 million calories - give or take - lurking in that pasty).

Fruit tart minus the tart
Fruit tart minus the tart

There are lots of healthy food ideas here at Weekend Notes. Check out the vegetarian restaurants.

And a seafood restaurant is a good option as long as you avoid rich sauces.

There are plenty of healthy recipes on Weekend Notes as well. Here's three to consider – healthy pizza (yes, it does exist), lentil and quinoa vegetable soup or try a green smoothie.

If exercise and healthy food seem way too hard, you may be tempted to scrutinise some scary surgery – gastric banding, stomach stapling, gastric bypass or liposuction. But check carefully before you buy, see here and here - there can be serious side effects, for example, death. Maybe a better option is an upgrade to a bigger whichever-kini.

Now it's over to you. If you have an unswerving system to slenderness, please let us know by leaving a comment below.
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Stop eating crap high sugar food?
by shane (score: 0|4) 3111 days ago
Stop eating white bread, white rice and pasta. And start including kettle bell training into your workout
by annal (score: 0|8) 3111 days ago
Unequivocally, the only way to lose weight is by eating less, counting calories if you're really serious. Exercise tones and makes you feel good but you would have to walk for a day before you really started shifting fat. Beware exercise that trashes your body like boot camps. You need to look after joints and organs and going hard now might have repercussions later. Eat less, add resistance training for toning and play fun games inn the park or take your dog, children, partner etc for a brisk walk just because it feels good.
by pmaus (score: 0|6) 3108 days ago
So much is placed on food intake and "points"...But it has to be so much more.. how about getting off the lounge and getting up and doing something. Not a slow walk , but a mixed up brisk tour of your suburb or area a motivated outing
by bwker (score: 0|4) 3107 days ago
Derr, eat less and exercise.
by hughk (score: 0|4) 3102 days ago

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