Change life­style to lose weight

Isis Town and Country - - LIFE - Leanne Shorter Health and fit­ness tips

I AM al­ways asked “how can I lose weight”? So I’ve put to­gether 10 things that you can do to make your life health­ier and lose those ex­tra ki­los.

Make chang­ing your life­style a pri­or­ity (not just los­ing weight). You don’t have to change ev­ery­thing at once. Start grad­u­ally and be con­sis­tent.

Make a plan. Get or­gan­ised with your meals and snacks by de­vel­op­ing a healthy eat­ing plan. Keep it sim­ple and in­clude lots of healthy meals with lean meat and heaps of veg­eta­bles such as soups and stir fries. Keep por­tions sizes smaller and slow down your eat­ing.

Set real­is­tic goals. These goals can be as small as eat­ing more fruit and avoid­ing un­healthy snacks.

Com­mit to your goals by writ­ing them down and then mak­ing a def­i­nite de­ci­sion to stick to them.

In­clude foods you like – to eat healthy it doesn’t have to be “rab­bit food” all the time. Try to keep to health­ier choices 90% of the time and al­low yourself some “treats” ev­ery now and then. Just don’t overdo it. Re­mem­ber what you are try­ing to achieve.

In­clude more ac­tiv­ity in your day. You need at least 30 min­utes of or­gan­ised phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity most days.

As well, try to do in­ci­den­tal ac­tiv­ity as much as pos­si­ble, walk to the shops, ride a bike wher­ever pos­si­ble, walk the dog, wash the car etc.

Keep a food diary. By record­ing your food in­take ev­ery time you eat – in­clud­ing snacks and drinks - you can see what and how much you eat and where you can make changes. Make sure you are 100% hon­est.

Think pos­i­tive. If you are al­ways telling yourself that you can’t lose weight or you can’t ex­er­cise then you are set­ting yourself up for fail­ure. Change your thoughts to pos­i­tive ones, such as “I en­joy be­ing healthy”, “I de­serve to look af­ter my­self”, “I can achieve my goals”. Bring some pos­i­tive en­ergy to your day.

Set some rules that you must fol­low. For ex­am­ple, if you are al­ways eat­ing while you work, then say “I will not eat while I’m work­ing. I will al­ways eat away from my work area”. Or “I will not buy take­aways this week. I will make nu­tri­tious, healthy meals at home”. Write down rules that will work for you in ar­eas you know you need to com­mit to. Put them some­where where you will see them reg­u­larly.

Find a sup­port per­son or per­sons. You can em­ploy the ser­vices of a per­sonal trainer, weight-loss con­sul­tant or di­eti­cian or you might have a group of friends that also want to get healthy, or a work­mate, or a neigh­bour who could help you stay com­mit­ted and fo­cused.

Find some time dur­ing the week that is all about you. Re­lax with­out the kids or work. Have a long soak in the bath, do a yoga or Pi­lates class, go for a long walk, find a sunny spot to read or just sit and med­i­tate. Find some­thing that you like to do and just en­joy.

Leanne Shorter is a spe­cialised fit­ness trainer, group ex­er­cise trainer, Pi­lates in­struc­tor, fit­ness writer and weight-loss con­sul­tant.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

THE RIGHT FIT: The Town & Coun­try is pleased to in­tro­duce our new health and fit­ness fort­nightly col­umn, brought to you by Leanne Shorter.

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