Weight Loss Tips


Losing weight can be tough, and here at NL Leisure we want to help our members achieve the goals that they set themselves. It can be difficult knowing where to start, or even what you should be doing to set you on your way. You’ve probably tried a few fad diets, and let’s be honest – they don’t deliver long term results. You might have lost some weight, but then find it hard to maintain this. That’s why we’ve put together a short blog piece with some handy tips that can help you on your journey. Read them below:




1. Portion Control 

Research shows that eating larger portions can have quite a few negative effects when it comes losing weight. Not only do large portions lead to us increasing our calorie intake, but often we actually underestimate how much we’re consuming. Larger portions can also have the undesired effect of us consuming more than what we naturally would.

How do you combat this? Using smaller plates can be a good way of reducing the amount we eat. It might sound silly – but some recent studies that this simple method can lead to consuming 200 hundred fewer calories per day.

2. Be in a healthy calorie deficit

Being in a healthy calorie deficit is the most important way for you to lose fat. What this means is that you need to be burning more calories than you’re consuming, which will then result in weight loss.

How do you achieve a calorie deficit? This can be done in a few different ways, but a combination of healthier eating habits coupled with an increase in exercise is a good way to achieve this. Combining both of these methods is the best way to provide yourself with long lasting, healthy results. Eliminating foods that are high in calories but low in nutrients can be a great process that will help you achieve a calorie deficit – these foods tend be junk food, fast food, fizzy drinks etc. When it comes to exercise, including cardio & strength training will ensure that you keep burning calories throughout the week whilst you enjoy varied workout routines. Small changes can go a long way to helping you on your journey.

3. Plan ahead  

Make sure you take the time to plan your meals. If you make a meal plan at the start of the week it will allow for you to stay in control, and hopefully prevent you from having unhealthy meals. If you plan in advance, you’re more likely to stick with the healthy options. If we plan our meals we can vary our choices, and save time when it comes to deciding what we’re eating every night!

Not only this, but having a meal plan can lead to you cutting out unnecessary purchases at the supermarket – meaning you spend less and save money.


We hope that you’re able to implement some of our handy tips that can help you lose weight. As well as the above tips, of course exercise is also essential when it comes to shedding the pounds. Our dedicated fitness instructors and gym staff are always on hand to help you with your journey and will be more than happy to answer questions that you may have about your workout routine.

You may also be interested in Aileen More’s story, who is currently undergoing a 12-week programme with us here at NL Leisure. Our fully qualified nutritionist Jillian, and one of our fitness instructors Steven Anderson have been helping Aileen with advice, meal plans, and personal training. You can follow her journey here: https://www.nlleisure.co.uk/news/aileen-moore-12-week-programme

That’s all for this week’s blog, we hope some our handy tips will help you in your weight loss journey. Be sure to keep an eye on our Social Media channels for more great material.


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