Is weight loss, the bain of your life? As a teenager it was definitely the bain of mine.
Perhaps like many of you, I tried some crazy diets, The Cabbage Soup Diet was perhaps the yuckiest!
Do your diets involve eating very small portions, depriving yourself, making you hungry, grumpy and having no energy to function? Do you work really hard to get the weight off only to feel more depressed when you put it back on!
The problem with dieting is that we are conditioned to believe losing weight involves putting ourselves through hell but it doesn't have to be.
As a yoga teacher, personal trainer and nutritional adviser the most important tip I give clients wishing to lose weight is to change their mindset first. Your goal isn't just to lose weight but more importantly to keep the weight off. As soon as we acknowledge and accept this our view on weight loss can change for good, after all we can't sustain those crazy diets forever can we?
Therefore, if you want to slim down and remain that weight for life your diet must be sustainable, fullfilling and enjoyable,
My 6 top tips for achieving a yummy lifelong "diet".
1. There Is No Rush
Remember how long it took you to get to your present weight, therefore don't give a deadline as this can be depressing if don't make ideal weight and encourage you back to those crazy diets.
It is fare more important to take longer to get to ideal weight and keep if off than fall back in to yo-yo dieting trap again.
2. Don't Make All The Changes At Once
Don't try and make too many changes all at once.
Ensure the changes are small to start with, for example eat a good breakfast to start the day, reduce your portion sizes or introduce 2 more pieces of fruit/vegetables every day.
Start with cutting out just one or two of your bad foods/habits each day, this will make it easier to make changes longer term. The problem with diets is that they often cut out everything at once making it painful and miserable as you feel deprived and hungry.
3.Ask Yourself If You Are Happy With The Changes
Do what you enjoy and what suits your lifestyle, as you want to encorporate these changes for the rest of your life. If you love healthy salads, great eat them regularly, if not, don't force yourself to eat them every day as it will be unsustainable for life and you may feel more inclined to rebel and eat junk food. Instead make healthy changes you are happy with. The same goes for exercise, don't convince yourself you will run 5 miles every morning for the rest of your life if you don't like running instead think about a walk each day or a swim or something you could see yourself doing regularly and enjoying.
4.Have Compassion For Yourself - There Will Be Slip Ups!!
A lot of diets are really strict, therefore allow yourself some compassion if you slip up. The change in your eating patterns and behaviour is often quite dramatic so allow yourself some slack. Remember just learn from it and move on.
5.Get Your Family/Friends Support
Support from family and friends, especially at the start is vital. Talk to the people you live and eat with and explain why you are dieting and why it is important for you to lose weight and become healthier. Hopefully, they will be more inclined to help you and will hopefully start eating similar foods (or at least hiding the rubbish they eat from you so as not to tempt you) and positively encourage you.
External help may also be a good option, knowing you can recieve advice, reassurance and support from a local group is a valuable tool on your weight loss journey.
6. Ignore "No Pain, No Gain"
As you are looking at long term weight loss rather than a quick fix, the "No Pain, No Gain" rule definitely does not exist. You need to avoid any pain at all costs otherwise you wont sustain your long term goal.
Good Luck, I hope this helps :) xx