Here are seven tips for successful weight loss:
1. The desire to lose weight must come from the individual. If you’re truly ambivalent about making changes in your lifestyle or are doing this to please someone else, you’re likely to fail. When making changes, decide what’s right for your lifestyle. Your best friend’s diet and exercise plan may be completely wrong for your habits and interests. The key is to find a system that works for you.
2. Don’t blame yourself if you aren’t perfect. If you once fail at your attempt to curtail your overeating, it doesn’t mean you are a failure at weight control and that you should just give up. Accept that you made a poor choice, but don’t let that poor choice influence the rest of your plan. The same holds true with exercise. Skipping a few workouts doesn’t mean you can’t get back on track. Weight control does not involve making perfect choices all the time, rather it’s about attempting to make good choices more often than poor ones.
3. Avoid surroundings where you know you’re tempted to make poor food choices. Everyone has a time when we’re most likely to overeat, whether it’s the morning coffee break or after-work gathering with friends. Try to plan other activities or distractions for those times, or plan in advance how you’re going to handle them and stick to it.
4. Surround yourself with people who support your efforts. Even our good friends can knowingly or unknowingly sabotage weight-loss attempts. Spend time with those people who will not pressure you to make poor food choices.
5. Decide on some non food rewards for yourself when you reach interim goals. For examples, at the end of the first week of healthy eating or after the first 2 or 3 kilos lost, buy yourself a new DVD or book.
6. Stock your pantry and refrigerator with healthy foods. Get rid of the high-calorie, low-nutrition snacks like chips and sweet stuff. But don’t forget to have plenty of healthier options available as well, such as a small amount soft cheese, natural yoghurt, fruit, a few nuts and seeds, etc.
7. Set small goals and focus on these rather than the ‘big picture’. Decide where you want to be in a week or in a month, rather than focusing on the total amount of weight you’d like to lose.