Strategies for successful weight loss

Losing weight can be a long and difficult process. Following on from yesterday’s post about understanding the process, here are a few strategies you can adopt to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Set realistic goals

You will feel a sense of achievement when you attain your goals and will be encouraged to progress to the next phase of your programme. Losing one to two pounds a week is a healthy and realistic amount.

Make time for exercise

You will be far more likely to exercise if you write session times in your diary or commit to attend a regular class or PT session.

Plan ahead

Avoid the temptation to eat unhealthily by planning your meals for the week and stocking up on the ingredients you need.

Develop a support network

By enlisting the help of family and friends you will be far more likely to succeed, for example, find a training partner or get your colleagues or family involved in your exercise or healthy eating regime.

Create more opportunities to be active

Simple changes to your routine such as walking to walk or taking the stairs instead of the lift will help burn calories.

Forgive yourself

Everyone slips now and again so don’t beat yourself up about the cream cake you ate or use it as an excuse to blow your diet for the rest of the week. Simply put it behind you and move on.

Pause before eating

If you find yourself with a craving ask yourself if you’re really hungry and wait a few minutes. If you’re still hungry, drink a glass of water or eat a healthy snack instead.

Reward yourself

Celebrate your weight loss success with a treat such as a trip to the spa, new clothes or a few squares of your favourite chocolate.

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