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The ultimate guide for weight loss

Team AckoSept 6, 2022

If you are blessed with great genetics and perfect metabolism, then weight loss might not be a concern for you at all. But for a significant part of the population, it can be a sensitive topic. Being overweight is often the root cause of several diseases. Thus, weight loss (if you are overweight) is not just aesthetically appealing but necessary for a healthy lifestyle. In case you are looking to lose those extra pounds, here’s the ultimate guide for weight loss. Note that the information shared in this article is basic, so it might not be particularly rewarding for everyone. Please consult an expert for tailored weight loss guidance as per your gender, age, and health profile.

Weight Loss

What is weight loss?

Weight loss is understood as a reduction in body weight. Healthy weight loss is characterised as a reduction in body fat and not lean mass. You can consult a certified dietician or a doctor to know how much weight loss is appropriate for you. 

Benefits of weight loss

The following are the key benefits of weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight thereafter.

  • Lower levels of triglycerides

  • Improved mood

  • Higher self-esteem

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Improved mobility and reduced pain

  • Less risk of heart disease

  • Lower risk for multiple cancers

  • Better sex life 

  • Improved insulin resistance

  • Better sleep

  • Less risk of multiple types of health issues

Best weight loss tips 

Whatever your reasons for weight loss may be, the following are the top generic weight loss tips to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. 

1. Vegetables for weight loss

The following are the main vegetables that aid in weight loss. So, if you are formulating a diet plan for weight loss, incorporate these.

  • Bell peppers

  • Cucumbers

  • Cauliflower

  • Mushrooms

  • Beans

  • Carrots

  • Broccoli

  • Bottle gourd

  • Chillies

  • Pumpkin

  • Asparagus

  • Spinach and other leafy greens

2. Protein-rich foods for weight loss

The following are the top non-vegetarian and vegetarian sources of protein-rich weight loss foods.

Non-vegetarian sources

  • Salmon

  • Tuna

  • Bison

  • Pork

  • Turkey

  • Beef

  • Eggs

  • Chicken breast

  • Greek yoghourt

Vegetarian sources of protein

  • Almonds

  • Lima beans

  • Black beans

  • Cauliflower

  • Potatoes

  • Oats

  • Corn

  • Spirulina

  • Tempeh

  • Pistachios

  • Hemp seeds

  • Avocado

  • Guava

  • Legumes

  • Chia seeds

  • Peas

  • Lentils

  • Brussel sprouts

3. Exercises for weight loss

The following are some of the top exercises you can do to reduce your weight.

  • Burpees

  • Pushups

  • Interval training

  • Squats

  • Swimming

  • Deadlifts

  • Heavy weight lifting

  • Battle ropes

4. Cardio exercises for weight loss

The following are the leading cardio exercises for weight loss.

  • Incline walking: If you feel running is too intense and walking is not intense enough, then you should try out incline walking. In this exercise, you have to walk on a treadmill after setting a reasonable incline. Since gravity is working against you, doing this exercise can help you burn a lot of calories.

  • Stair Climber: This cardio exercise involves climbing stairs while carrying weights. You can choose dumbbell weights as per your strength level and do a couple of reps of walking up and down the stairs. This will help speed up your body’s fat-burning process.

  • Sprinting: This is an exercise that requires zero equipment. If sprinting is too intense for you, you can try jogging instead. This exercise can be best executed outdoors. 

  • High-intensity interval training: This method of exercise alternates between high-intensity and low-intensity reps to maximise the fat-burning outcome. It can be used for different exercise types.

  • Rowing: This exercise is usually done using a rowing machine but can also be replicated with an actual boat on the water. It is a low-stress exercise that can maximise your weight loss.

  • Boxing: This type of exercise engages the upper part of the body and effectively burns calories. Since it is more interactive, it can be more enjoyable than running or cycling for some people.

  • Cycling: This exercise can either be done in the gym with a stationary cycle or outdoors with a regular cycle. When cycling is coupled with high-intensity interval training, it yields the maximum result.

  • Swimming: This can be considered a full-body exercise and is a good option if you enjoy swimming. It is also a fast way to burn calories.

  • Jumping rope: This type of exercise requires only a rope and can be done anywhere. It helps improve feet and hand coordination and burns significant calories when performed in high-intensity intervals.

5. General weight loss tips for men and women

Here are the top tips for men and women to accelerate their weight loss process.

  • Add vinegar to your diet: White vinegar is known to have a host of health benefits, one of which is to reduce body weight.

  • Drink healthier beverages: Avoid drinking carbonated beverages. Alternatively, drink healthier beverages like fresh fruit juices, and intake an adequate amount of water. 

  • Try strength training: Studies have shown that strength training can decrease visceral fat. It is the type of fat that causes the bloating of the belly.

  • Consume plenty of protein: Eating sufficient quantities of protein can help reduce your body fat. One of the reasons for this is consuming proteins makes you feel full and less likely to eat more.

  • Try out intermittent fasting: Intermittent fasting is alternating between eating and fasting. For example, one way to go about intermittent fasting is to fast for 16 hours and eat during an eight-hour window. 

  • Reduce the intake of refined carbohydrates: Refined carbohydrates are stripped of their nutritional value and fluctuate your blood sugar levels. This can consequently result in the accumulation of belly fat.

  • Eat more healthy fats: Unhealthy fats are the greatest hindrance to the fat-burning process. Unhealthy fats include trans fats and saturated fats. Alternatively, try adding healthy fats to your diet. This will prevent you from eating unnecessarily.

  • Consume more fibre: Fibre-rich foods are known to reduce body fat. So start eating food like legumes, whole grains, seeds, nuts, high-fibre fruits and vegetables, etc. 

6. Fruits for weight loss

The following are the best fruits for weight loss.

  • Apples

  • Kiwifruit

  • Grapefruit

  • Bananas

  • Rhubarb

  • Berries

  • Passion Fruit

  • Stone Fruits

  • Oranges

  • Melons

7. Yoga for weight loss

The following yoga poses are speculated to accelerate the weight loss process.

  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog Pose)

  • Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

  • Chaturanga Dandasana (Plank Pose)

  • Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation Pose)

  • Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose)

  • Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)

  • Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

  • Parivrtta Utkatasana (Twisted Chair Pose)

  • Sethu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge pose)

8. Effective tips for weight loss at home

Here are some things you can do to achieve weight loss at home.

  • Follow a regular meal pattern: This will help you burn fats more easily. Also, it will make you less likely to eat unhealthy snacks.

  • Do not skip your breakfast: Skipping your breakfast will only make you feel more hungry, and you may end up eating high-calorie snacks to compensate.

  • Use a smaller plate: Eating from a smaller plate will psychologically influence you to eat less than usual.

  • Eat plenty of fruits and veggies: Fruits and vegetables are usually rich in fibre and low in fats. They also contain other nutritious vitamins and minerals.

  • Eat high-fibre foods: Eating such foods can make you feel full and manage calorie intake.

  • Get more active: Engaging in physical activities not only helps reduce your weight but also offers other health benefits.

  • Do not stock junk food: Avoid eating junk foods like fizzy drinks, chocolates, chips, etc. Rather, consume weight loss foods like oats, almonds, pistachios, etc.

  • Read food labels: Read food labels before buying and consuming canned and packaged food. This will give you an idea of the nutritional status of the product.

9. Best sports to lose weight faster

Engaging in the following sports can help you reduce weight rapidly while also enjoying the process.

  • Gymnastics

  • Martial Arts

  • Parkour

  • Soccer

  • Boxing

  • Sprinting

  • Cycling

  • Tennis

  • Badminton

  • Swimming

  • Basketball

Frequently asked questions

The following are some of the frequently asked questions regarding weight loss.

What are the most recommended weight loss supplements?

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The following are some of the most popular weight loss supplements. (Please consult an expert before consuming any supplements.)

  • Hoodia

  • Chitosan

  • Green tea extract

  • Chromium picolinate

  • Guar gum

  • Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)

  • Green coffee extract

  • Glucomannan

How much exercise does it take to achieve weight loss?

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Consistently exercising thrice a week, for a duration of 20 minutes per workout session, is likely to show weight loss benefits in the long run. Eventually, you will have to increase the frequency and intensity of the exercise regimen.

What is BMI?

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BMI or Body Mass Index can be understood as the ideal weight for your height. A weight higher than your BMI is considered obese or overweight, and a weight below your BMI is considered underweight.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is generic and shared only for informational and explanatory purposes. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet. As this content piece is not vetted by a medical professional, please consult a doctor before making any health-related decisions.

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