What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose’ is a series of articles dedicated to the seemingly daunting task of losing lots of weight – think 30kg or more. If you are in this boat then this is the strategy for you. Follow the steps week by week and you’ll soon be on the path to a THINNER and (more importantly) HEALTHIER you.

 

Leave room for PROGRESSION

One of the main reasons diets fail is that dieters try to ‘build Rome in a day’. They start their new diet by trying to change every single unhealthy part of their life.

It makes some sense too. I mean, you need to change all those things to lose weight, don’t you?

Well, yes…  and no.

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You see, we tend to become overwhelmed very easily when it comes to habit correction. And if you’re trying to create 20 new habits simultaneously then you may end-up creating none.

What you need to do is create new habits one at a time. Get really good at one before you try another.

 

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And that’s actually good news for dieting, because by creating one new habit every week, you create continuous new stimulus for weight loss. This means that your losses should continue at a good pace, rather than the usual slow down and plateau that most people experience.

So what you need to do is figure out which ONE thing you want to change, and then work at changing that for two weeks. Once you feel like it’s a HABIT, choose the next thing. This way you’ll be creating new habits that actually stay with you, and losing weight progressively too.

 

Take a look at more tips from the series “What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose” below:

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