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What's the Best Way to Lose Weight?

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Published November 24th 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, shrieking, you'll know the feeling. Where did 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 long 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 Melburnians 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 Melbourne. For the diehards, there's the bootcamp option. Or consider joining a gym.There's even a 24 hour gym.

Yoga can burn calories too. And gardening. Or go for a bike ride.

And there's a whole array of walks. Although, be aware there are side-effects of getting around on foot. According to Friedrich Nietzsche, "All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking." 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 two to consider - healthy baked wedges and healthy carrot cake.

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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Eat less move more - sorry, there are no shortcuts, this is the bottom line. It's hard but it works.
by lizandbiko (score: 1|10) 3377 days ago
I like lizans answer. I think the trick to keeping weight off it to actually adopt a lifestyle change. Not to just diet for awhile, but to reduce certain foods and exercise more.

More greens, less fats. More exercise. :)
by Jody Kimber (score: 2|896) 3373 days ago
The answer to this depends on if you are a metabolic syndrome type or not. If you carry weight around the middle, have low energy levels, snore, suffer with reflux, muscle cramps, excessive hunger and mood swings and need something sweet to finish a meal, you probably have a problem with carbohydrates. Instead of burning carbs for energy, you convert them into fat for storage, predominantly around the tummy. A low fat diet is not the best approach for you, whereas reducing carbs can help you lose inches and get your energy back.
Jennifer Elliott
by jenni174 (score: 0|4) 3377 days ago
Eat 5 small healthy meals per day (no more than 300 calories each). Walk 15 - 20 minutes twice a day, no snacking between meals, cut out all fried & high fat foods , sugar and white products and no snacking between meals. Cut out all caffine and drink a minimum of 2 litres of sugar free fluid per day
by (score: |) 3376 days ago
Excercise is important, however, if you over eat and still do excercise, you will still be overweight. The important thing to do is cut back on the food and only eat when hungry. If you are bored and turn to food, get away from the tv and go for a walk, read a book etc. Also, highly processed foods are low in nutrition, and when you eat the wrong foods the body is starving for good nutrients, so people can tend to over eat on the wrong things. Multivitamins are important so that craving sugary things is less. Zinc supplements and Vitamin C supplements prevent sugar cravings.
by crrs (score: 0|9) 3375 days ago
reduce some kinds of food to eat will not make u happy neither
by willi (score: 0|6) 3279 days ago
dontknock rich sauces. they give you energy & strength that the body yearns for; inmoderation.
by schmi (score: 1|22) 3376 days ago

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