Let's get real about weight loss

13 November 2015  |  Editor

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To lose weight you can either decide to increase your energy output through exercise, or to reduce your calorie intake - best of all, of course, is to do both. When your energy output exceeds your calorie intake your body starts to burn fat to make up the energy it needs. A good rule of thumb to remember is that each pound of fat you burn will give you the equivalent of 3,500 calories of energy. 
So in other words, you need to eat 3,500 calories less than you are burning in order to lose one pound of fat. 
The only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than your body needs so that the body's fat stores provide the shortfall. As your body bums its fat it uses large amounts of vitamins and minerals to control the biochemical reactions involved. However if you are eating less you are also consuming less of these essential nutrients and this is why the Department of Health recognises slimmers as a group at risk of having micro nutrient deficiencies. 
Many nutritionists would argue that slimmers are not just at risk of dietary deficiencies but that they are also quite likely to show actual symptoms, such as fatigue. Taking a high potency multi-vitamin and mineral together with a high potency fish oil, and a high strength calcium and magnesium supplement will cover the nutritional basics. 
It is then possible to also make use of other supplements specifically formulated to help those slimming. For instance research has shown that glucomannan 1OOOmg contributes to the reduction of body weight in conjunction with an energy-restricted diet. Other popular choices for slimmers include green coffee and chilli, plus green tea which can all be included as part of their calorie controlled diet. 

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