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Nowadays, there are many effective ways we can pursue weight loss. Alongside digital innovations to help us monitor our health and well-being, scientists and pharmaceutical companies are focused on making weight loss safer and more accessible.
Most recently, some weight loss medications have been approved in the UK for treating obesity. The diabetes medicine Mounjaro — the “King Kong” of weight loss jabs — has been trialed and deemed a safe and effective enough weight loss solution to be sold and prescribed in the UK. Unlike a similar jab called Wegovy, Mounjaro is yet to get the NHS recommendation for anti-obesity use, although the NHS can use it for diabetes treatment. Meanwhile, healthcare spending watchdog The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is reviewing its use for obesity and will report back in March 2024.
However, as with other types of medication, weight loss jabs come with side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation, depending on your body, lifestyle, and any pre-existing conditions. Experts also caution that Mounjaro may affect the efficacy of contraceptive pills. At the same time, not everyone is qualified or eligible for prescription weight loss medication, as these are meant to treat obesity.
If you aren’t looking to lose drastic amounts of weight and would just like to shed a few pounds, there are natural weight-loss methods that are safe and just as effective. Below, we’ll share three natural ways to help you lose weight:
Using Natural Ingredients
One of the best and most natural ways to lose weight is to watch what you eat. This doesn’t mean you should limit or restrict the amount and frequency of your meals. Rather, you should focus on eating foods consisting of healthy and natural ingredients instead of resorting to unhealthy options like fast food.
In a previous post, we highlighted some superfood ingredients for immune support. Our Super Green powder contains these ingredients, which include barley grass and wheat grass, which are rich in vitamins and minerals. Consciously seeking superfoods and natural ingredients can help protect your body against stored toxins. Some ingredients, like acai berry, are also great for your digestion and gut health, which can help facilitate healthy weight loss.
Seeking Social Support
A support network for your weight loss journey can help boost motivation and accountability. A study on group weight management interventions found that group-based treatment can lead to sustainable behaviour change, thanks to added social support and a boost in self-efficacy. As such, a sense of social connectedness can lead to improved health outcomes such as weight loss and a reduction in mortality rate.
You can tap into social support to help boost your weight loss naturally in many ways. Signing up at your local gym can help you meet like-minded people with shared goals. Similarly, you can also look up weight loss classes near you for access to expert coaching and in-person and virtual weight loss communities. These include weekly check-ins to focus on your progress and group meetings to meet and share techniques and tools with each other.
Getting Active in Your Downtime
Finally, another natural weight loss method is to stay physically active. Studies have shown that exercising for weight management can be highly effective and lead to positive outcomes. Specifically, researchers note that early mornings can be optimal for moderate to vigorous physical activity to lose weight.
This is a great way to start your day and can help make you more productive. People who exercise regularly in the morning tend to have more predictable schedules and are less likely to be shift workers or night owls. If you find yourself too busy for early morning workouts, however, it’s just as helpful and effective to make time sometime during your day for moderate physical activity.