- Did this year’s beautiful summer make you feel that this is the last summer you want to feel unhappy and uncomfortable because of your weight?
- Are you concerned about the many health risks that come with being overweight?
- Do you have a major event coming up that you want to be slim for?
- Do you want to deal with your weight problem once and for all?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions then the answer is NOT to go looking for the latest diet. Dealing with your weight problem, whether it is new or a long-standing issue means making significant lifestyle changes. So how do you do that?
- The first step is to be absolutely honest about your current weight and, if necessary, seek help with deciding on a realistic weight goal. By realistic, I mean one that is healthy and that you can maintain (without starving yourself) for the rest of your life.
- Remember that this is a new way of life so plan to lose the weight gradually. That way you are not starving (and thus temped to snack on unhealthy food) and your weight loss will last for life (and not just for the holiday!)
- Then be honest about what you eat and the best way is to keep a food diary for one or two weeks. Write down absolutely everything that you eat (that includes the children’s left-overs or the samples while cooking!) and:
- When you ate it
- Why you ate it – again be honest because we often eat for reasons other than hunger (hypnotherapy can help you deal with these)
- Do research on what you should be eating and what you should stop eating (or eat less of). There is enough information available from your Doctor and the Internet – I know that the advice is often conflicting but there are some easy to follow basic rules.
- Take some time to plan healthy meals for the whole family – allow for different requirements related to sex, age and activity level. Don’t feel you are depriving them just because you want to lose weight – the changes you make will be healthier for them even if their weight is fine
- Include healthy snacks and don’t skip meals as that can affect your metabolism
- Include permissible treats (you decide, based on your research) in reasonable amounts
- Shop for your planned meals and schedule time to do your shopping so that you never need to resort to a take away because the fridge is empty.
- Internet shopping can help if you are short of time and reduces the risk of those ‘impulse’ buys that can be bad for the pocket as well as the waistline!
- Don’t panic if you slip into your old ways – remember it takes time to develop new habits and just get back to your new healthy eating pattern.
- Don’t become obsessed with the scales or the tape measure. Check once a week or less frequently if possibly
- Remember drinking plenty of water will help and is important
- Add as much exercise into your week as you can – how about cycling to work or walking part of the way?
- When you get to your desired weight then play around with what you can safely add without putting all that weight back on (keeping the additions as healthy as you can) and CONGRATULATIONS!
This may all sound too difficult but once you have done your initial research and planning it gets easier and you can have fun looking for new recipes to suit your new lifestyle (and they can be reasonable quick and easy). The benefits to the way you (and your family) look and feel and the longer-term health benefits are well worth the effort.
Lastly if you need help, email me on email@example.com for details of the new hypnotherapy and nutrition programme that I am launching in September, in conjunction with a clinical nutritionist.