Change lifestyle to lose weight
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.
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