Some people give up when they see no difference in weight after trying for a few weeks. For the overweight or obese (with a body mass index or BMI of 23 and above), it takes at least two months before they see significant weight loss resulting from lifestyle changes, says Ray McGregor, director of Gym N Tonic. “That’s because they need the time to lay a fitness foundation, before taking on higher-intensity sessions that translate to more weight-loss benefits.”
Do this instead Give it time and start slow. Your first workout should be comfortable, so that you have motivation to keep it up. If you’ve been sedentary, brisk-walk for 20 minutes thrice a week and build up gradually, advises Dr Tey Beng Hea, senior consultant and director of Alexandra Hospital’s weight management programme. By the third month, you should be burning double or triple the number of calories.
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