Last updated on Feb 20th, 2020 at 09:27 am

 “Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

Are your goals good for you?

“My goal is to diet down until I weigh 45kg…”

If you’re dieting for extreme weight loss, without regard for the health consequences of your actions, then you need to reconsider your plan.

The media and fashion industries have convinced us that being attractive means looking like a coat hangar. But this is not HEALTHY. Being uber skinny is not how our bodies function optimally. If you’re starving yourself to lose fat, you’re also starving your body of healthy nutrients and vitamins. You’re going to feel weak, lethargic, moody, and you will eventually encounter some very serious health complications.

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What you SHOULD be aiming for is a healthy lifestyle and weight loss regime. Incorporating weight loss into an overall goal of living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

I can’t tell you what you should weigh, but I can tell you this – being lighter won’t always make you happier. Learning to listen to your body, strengthening your muscles, toning, and feeding your body all the best nutrition it needs to function at its best WILL make you far more satisfied with your life overall. You’ll be proud of your achievements, and your progress, and you’ll be able to live a far more fulfilled and active life because of it.

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