- Have you tried to lose weight more than once?
- Do you start off with great intentions but peter out a few weeks later?
- Do you love the idea of losing weight and being healthier, but dislike the process required to achieve those goals?
You are not alone!
Losing weight and keeping it off is an ongoing challenge. I think nearly everyone would like to get it over and done within a few weeks (if not sooner) and then go back to eating all the yummy stuff and not regain the lost weight. Does that sound like you?
If you are someone who, perhaps repeatedly, starts a diet but then gives up when the wobbles and detours set in, then you are definitely in the majority of the population.
Here are some things to consider to help you stay on track.
- Start with realistic expectations. Accept that it may take longer than you would like to reach your goal, but what are the options? Basically, do it or don’t. If you don’t start and don’t make some changes, then you will most likely remain in the unhappy space that you are now.
- Think about WHY you want to go down the weight loss, health improvement track in the first place. If it is because a friend or family member has done it and been happy with their results, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are ready to follow in their footsteps. If you aren’t ready to commit to making changes, then you most likely will not hang in there when the going gets tough.
- Don’t have an all or nothing approach. Accept that there will always be times when things don’t go to plan, but they are just part of the long term process.
- Keep unhealthy/unhelpful foods out of the house. Don’t put temptation in your way. If a family member chooses to have these kinds of foods in the house, ask them to keep them out of your sight.
- Be prepared. Plan ahead and ensure you have the right food in the house. Shop frequently enough so that you can choose from good options.
- Carry water and healthy snacks with you so that you don’t get caught out.
- Have a game plan before eating out. If you are going to a restaurant, check the menu online and think about how you might be able to fine tune something on the menu if necessary. If you are going to friends’ houses, ask if you can bring a salad or some other suitable item.
- Practice mindful eating. Keep a food diary. Be aware of what you are putting in your mouth. Eat slowly. Chew your food well. Aim to be the last person at the table to finish their meal.
- Lastly – realise that it takes time to change habits and the longer you practice the new habits, the more likely it is that they will become the new norm for you.