My New Year’s res­o­lu­tion this year is to lose some weight. What’s the best way to get started for long-term suc­cess?

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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.

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