My New Year’s resolution this year is to lose some weight. What’s the best way to get started for long-term success?
Losing a few kilos if your weight has crept up is a great goal to aim for, as it’s an effective way to help reduce your risk of a number of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and even some types of cancer. Plus, losing weight can help you manage your type 2 diabetes, if you’ve already been diagnosed.
But, while weight loss is a common New Year’s resolution, it can be hard to maintain motivation after a few weeks, so it’s important to start with small changes, making sure they’re things you can integrate into your current lifestyle. This will help build your confidence in your ability to not only lose weight, but also to keep it off long-term.
A few tips for success include trying to:
• Move more. Any type of physical activity is beneficial for helping you to manage your weight. You can even
get creative about the type of movement you do – dancing, yoga, gardening and taking the stairs instead of the lift all ‘count’, and make a difference.
• Eat more whole
foods and fewer processed foods, and drink plenty of water. Bumping up your fibre intake, which is found in cereals, fruits and vegetables, is also a good idea, because high-fibre foods often provide fewer kilojoules per gram, but are typically bulky, and therefore filling.
• Meal replacements are a great way to kickstart your weight loss journey, and your TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can help you with this.
• Find an ‘accountability buddy’ to support you. A friend, family member or even your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can be a great source of support and encouragement.