In order to lose weight you need to consume fewer calories than you burn. It’s actually quite simple 1lb of fat = 3,500 calories. On a daily basis you need to consume about 500 calories less. This will allow you to lose 1lb in one week.

Managing and losing weight

To achieve your goals, set yourself easy wins that don’t go zero to hero overnight. You need to keep realistic goals. Losing too much weight in a short space of time is difficult to maintain. This will inevitably result in piling all the weight back on. A realistic target would be to lose 1-2lbs a week, which is easier to maintain.

mySisterhood is designed specifically for the modern woman to enjoy as part of a daily healthy routine, allowing you to support your body needs throughout your busy day. Our delicious shakes will help you lose 500 calories a day without any fuss and keep any cravings (including chocolate) at bay.

Do I really need to lose weight?

Having excess fat affects your health tremendously in different ways. How your clothes fit you can be more significant than you think. It is important to see if you have a healthy weight for your height. You need to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI). You can do this yourself or you can ask your doctor or nurse to assist you. Your BMI should ideally be in the normal range.

Measuring the circumference around your waist will tell you the amount of fat stored around your stomach. According to the charity Diabetes UK, if your measurement exceeds the table below you at the risk category for type-2 diabetes.

80cm (31.5in) for White, Black and South Asian women
90cm (35in) for South Asian men
94cm (37in) for White and Black men

Measure from the top of your hip-bone to the bottom of your rib cage using the middle point.  For most people that will be the belly button and then from here, measure around your mid-point.

Be healthy. Be happy

With obesity levels at all-time high, I urge people to become more active and partake in weight-loss programs. The nation’s obesity crisis is showing no sign of slowing down.

By reducing obesity you can benefit from: Physical benefits; increased energy levels, increased fitness level/ stamina, gained muscle, increased confidence, stress relief, loss of body fat, and less visits to the GP. Mental & emotional benefits; increased confidence, stress relief, anger management, stress management, overall wellbeing, overcoming depression, reduction of anti-depressant medication.

Avoid Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious condition with some life changing consequences. Did you know that according to a major newspaper there were 7000 amputations last year due to diabetes? Which amounts to about 135 legs being removed every week. It is projected that this year there will be even more amputations. Even losing between 5-10% of your excess weight will improve your health.

Be active

Changing your eating habits is just the beginning. In order to lose weight you need to be more active. If you are like me and have no time to exercise, you will need to take things slowly. Do not overdo it. Start off with low impact exercises like walking, swimming, cycling. Do not jump up to high intensity workouts if you have not incorporated exercise into your life before

Walking

Do not start speed walking immediately. Warm up by walking slowly and pacing yourself. Initially start with 10 minutes of walking and building up to 30 or 40 minutes. Build your speed gradually so that you raise your heart rate slowly so that you are slightly out of breath. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are loosely fitted.

Jogging

Warm up and do some stretches first.
Start off with walking, then increase your speed to a jog that is comfortable for you. Take it easy; aim for 10–15 minutes and then build yourself up to 30 minutes and longer. Remember to cool down to walking and finish of with stretching. Do wear appropriate footwear and supportive clothing. If you are not sure about a particular exercise, have health problems or are overweight, please consult your doctor first.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by any food and drug agency or health authorities. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition it is advisable to consult your doctor before using this product. mySisterhood meal replacements are not designed to be your only source of food, but consumed as part of a calorie controlled diet. Our meal replacements can only help with weight loss if an active and healthy lifestyle is adopted.

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