Losing weight in Nigeria is not in any way an easy feat. Our foods, our cultures and orientation don’t help matters at all.
In developed countries, there are a lot of support systems, clinics, programs, drugs, surgeries and meal plans that can you use to lose weight fast but in Nigeria, you can hardly find most of those things.
Nigerians who want to lose weight have to be determined and work hard to achieve it. However, it is still an achievable feat; many Nigerians have done it and I believe you can too.
So if you’re trying to lose weight living in Nigeria and eating Nigerian foods, here are the steps you should take-:
Know your Body Mass Index (BMI)
The first step towards losing weight in Nigeria is to actually measure your BMI. BMI stands for body mass index and helps you to know if you’re overweight and if you are, how much weight you need to lose. There are several online calculators you can use to calculate your BMI for free.
Talk to a Weight Loss Consultant
Sometimes, losing weight is not something you can do alone. You need the help of an expert who would help you understand where your challenges lie and how to conquer them. This is especially true for people who have tried all the tricks in the book but still cannot get desired results.
There are a lot of weight loss consultants in Nigeria now, a little bit of research would reveal some of the top names but if you are unable to find one, talk to your doctor; he/she may be able to recommend one.
Join a Weight Loss Forum
Sometimes, being in e-company of people who have the same goal and ambitions as you helps to boost your rate of success.
By becoming a member of a weight loss forum, you would receive all the motivation, encouragement and information to lose weight. African weight loss forum is one of the top weight loss forums for Nigerians.
Register at a Fitness Centre
To lose weight faster, you need regular exercises and the best place to do this is at the gym. You may have a gym at home but you might not be as serious and committed as when you register at a gym or have a personal fitness instructor help you achieve desired results.
Stop Skipping Breakfast
According to a recent survey, a large number of Nigerians skip breakfast. This is not good for you if you are trying to lose weight.
Having breakfast in the mornings when your metabolic rate is at its peak would help you lose weight faster. It would also stop you from binge-eating.
Plan your meals and account for them
If you are trying to lose weight in Nigeria then you can’t afford spontaneous eating. All your meals have to be carefully planned.
It also helps to carry a jotter around where you can write all the meals you eat along with their caloric contents so that you would know just how much calories you need to burn to lose/maintain your desired weight.
Drink Plenty of Water
You need to drink healthy amounts of water daily-at least 5 liters of water to help flush out toxins and boost your metabolism. Do away with fizzy drinks and alcohol.
Eat Fat Burning Meals
There are Nigerian meals that burn fat and there are some that store fat. To lose weight faster, you should be consuming foods that burn fat like green plantain, ginger, soy beans, grapes, mushroom, wheat, oats, bananas, ofada rice and waluts.