Keep your weight loss and not yo-yo!

Keeping up your weight loss can be difficult and even if you reach you target weight it can be difficult to keep the weight off.

This is particularly the case if you have been on a ‘diet’ that restricts one group of foods or uses replacement meals.  You will lose weight in this way but if you revert to eating how you did before the ‘diet’ you will more than likely put the weight back on and perhaps even end up heavier.

I speak from experience as I tried many ‘diets’ and became what is often described as a yo-yo dieter.  Eventually in 2009 I decided enough was enough and that I needed to change my eating habits for good and not just go on a diet.  This was the answer to my problems and having lost over 5 stone I have not gone back.

My tips for losing weight are summarised below but if you want to more and think that perhaps I could help you I would love to speak to you

So avoid being a yo-yo dieter

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My 7 tips for losing weight

Tip 1- Have a GOAL

When you decide you want to lose weight you may already have a goal in mind.  It could be an actual weight; it could be a dress/waist size; it could be to look good for a particular occasion or it could be to be healthier.  Whatever it is, it will be personal to you and that is important as it gives you something to aim for. Whatever it is there are two things you can do to make it happen.

Firstly picture yourself at your goal- imagine how you will look, think about how you will feel, think about the things people will be saying to you.  This will help you to focus on how great you will feel when you reach your goal.

The second thing is to think about steps along the way, these milestones could be things like every ½ stone, or each dress size just what you think you want to achieve along the way.  They will help you to make the goal achievable. They will reinforce your progress as you go forward.

Tip 2 – Understand Your Eating Habits

One of the things that will help you lose weight is eating regular meals and cutting out snacking.  In this way you can track what you are eating and make conscious decisions about what to eat and what not to eat.

One way to start this process is to write down everything you eat for a week.  When I say everything, this means including the biscuit you have at a meeting; the food you finish off that the children leave on their plates; the chocolate bar you buy at the petrol station and of course the meals you eat.

This will help you see any patterns of eating you have that you might want to change and it will probably shock you when you see what you eat when not actually having a meal

Tip 3 – Don’t give up the things you love

One of the things that make you feel really miserable when you go on a ‘diet’ is that you often feel you have to totally give up the things you like.  This could be savoury things like cheese or crisps; or it could be sweet things such as chocolate or biscuits, or it could be alcohol such as wine or beer.  You will know the things that you really love.

The real key to losing weight and keeping it off is not to think of your new way of eating as a ‘diet’ but thinking of it more as eating healthily.

In this way you can adjust your eating and portions sizes reducing the amount of calories you eat overall, but can also plan in things you love.  You may find there are things you can do without and others you just can’t and if you recognise this you will be able to adjust your eating and lose weight without feeling miserable.

If you deny yourself something you really can’t live without you are more likely to go back to old habits and not lose weight or even worse put more on.

Tip 4 Getting help from your supporters

Quite often when people decide they want to lose weight they keep it very much to themselves.  This can be a sign that they don’t believe they can do it and don’t want people to think that they have failed, or that they want people to think they are happy as they are.

Being overweight doesn’t have to make you miserable but often people are finding life more difficult; this might be moving around; finding clothes they want to wear that fit; suffering with health problems or lacking in confidence.

Actually sharing your goal of wanting to lose weight with friends, family and or work colleagues will make you goal more real. More importantly you can enlist their help with food choices.

Tip 5 Recognise Your Trigger Points

When you have decided to lose weight and you start to see results you will hopefully stay on track but life happens and this often means that there are things that make you go off the rails

I would term these as trigger points and they can be things such as bad day at work; a crisis at home; an argument with your partner/children/friends; worrying about something you have got to do or should have done and I could go on.  All these things have the potential to send you in direction of comfort food which is more likely to be a bar of chocolate than an apple.

So do you know the things that can send you off the rails and sabotage your weight loss?  When you think about it you will, and the key is to develop strategies to handle these situations without resorting to food or drink.  Working with a coach can really help but there are simple things you can do for yourself.

 Tip 6 Exercise

You may have been wondering when exercise would be mentioned.  The simple equation for weight loss is that you need to eat less and move more so increasing the amount exercise you do is very obvious.  However this does not mean running a marathon or even going to a gym the critical thing is to do something.  If you have a pedometer or app on your phone to check your activity the first thing to do is to see how much you are moving each day.  In you are in an office job and drive to work you will probably be shocked at how little you are moving.

Whatever it is, just commit to increase it each week and build up to doing some exercise.  The critical thing is finding something that you enjoy doing, that could be swimming, walking, running, the gym or at home on a wi fit or Connect.  The key is you need to like it or you will not keep it up.

Tip 7 Celebrate Success

My final tip is to make sure that you celebrate success.  Not only when you get to your ideal weight but also on the way. You may have developed a weight problem by rewarding yourself with food, this is something that can develop from childhood if you have been sweets as a treat when you have done something well.

This is a habit you need to break so reward yourself with something other than food. If you have children you may also want to think about how you reward them so they don’t get into the pattern of food being a reward rather than fuel!

If you have set yourself milestones to get to your ideal weight such as each ½ stone or each dress size then reward yourself with something such as a beauty treatment, a computer game you wanted, a sum of money to go towards you new wardrobe. You decide!

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter to anyone reading my blog and I hope that you are enjoying the time with your family and friends

If the weather is good it is great to get out and I know that many people on Easter Monday might be starting some DIY jobs or taking advantage of sales in the stores.  Equally you might be using the time to catch up on box sets or just chilling out.

I do find thought that this is the holiday when you start to think about your summer holiday and what you will be wearing.  If you want to lose weight before your summer break there is still time and you might be interested to know that one stone in weight would usually equal a dress or trouser size.

So enjoy the Easter break and then set yourself a goal for the summer.

As my daughter is getting married in June I want to lose a few pounds to look at my best so I am going to lose 7 lbs by the 4 June. Please note in that in setting my goal I state this positively and if you set a goal it helps to write it down and to tell others, as in this way it will make it real. In this way you have made a firm commitment and should achieve what you want to lose and maybe even more.

If you want advice on goal setting and losing weight I would love to hear from you.