Weigh your options

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Modern habits of eating-on-the-run, enjoying super-sized-portions and indulging in fast but fatty convenient food options, all contribute to making it difficult to maintain a healthy weight, and makes losing weight even harder. Many people have experienced weight problems over extended periods of their lives and are likely to have tried many different diets, many different times, without achieving a noteworthy or even sustainable healthy weight.  Our weight is a balancing act – which may sound tricky but the equation is actually very simple and very much in our control.  If you eat more calories (kilojoules) than what you burn, you will gain weight; and if you eat less calories (kilojoules) than you burn, you lose weight.

The path to healthy weight loss, that can be sustained in the long run, has much more to do with our attitudes, our everyday choices and our actions than a particular kind of ‘miracle’ diet.

Make health your goal

Your good health needs to be at the core of your weight loss efforts.  Rather focus on all the benefits of being healthier and stronger at a healthy weight, than holding onto some kind of ‘ideal’ body image in your mind.  Maintaining a healthy weight means much more than looking good, it also means feeling good – being full of energy, having a positive outlook on life and feeling confident.

Modern habits of eating-on-the-run, enjoying super-sized-portions and indulging in fast but fatty convenient food options, all contribute to making it difficult to maintain a healthy weight, and makes losing weight even harder. Many people have experienced weight problems over extended periods of their lives and are likely to have tried many different diets, many different times, without achieving a noteworthy or even sustainable healthy weight.  Our weight is a balancing act – which may sound tricky but the equation is actually very simple and very much in our control.  If you eat more calories (kilojoules) than what you burn, you will gain weight; and if you eat less calories (kilojoules) than you burn, you lose weight.

The path to healthy weight loss, that can be sustained in the long run, has much more to do with our attitudes, our everyday choices and our actions than a particular kind of ‘miracle’ diet.

It’s a lifestyle change – not just a change in diet

Weight loss that you can sustain over the long term is not going to happen because of a ‘quick-fix’ diet.  Rather it is going to be the result of the permanent lifestyle changes that you make as part of the process of losing excess weight in a healthy way.  Make more mindful, wiser eating choices, and embrace other aspects of a healthy lifestyle such as regular exercise and stress reduction, to put in place a rewarding, lifetime commitment to your health and wellness.

Choose gentler, kinder options

While extreme diets may kick-start your weight loss, they are highly unlikely to be sustainable.  Diets that trigger feelings of deprivation, isolation and struggle, and have actual physical symptoms, are simply not good for you.  It is important to lose weight in a steady, healthy way that provides feelings of empowerment, control and achievement.  You can consult a professional such as dietician for advice on a balanced, healthy weight loss programme that takes into account your body and your food preferences.

Keep track

Make sure that your weight loss goals are healthy, sustainable and realistic.  It is not important to lose weight fast, it is important to lose weight in such a way that you can sustain your goal weight easily over the long term.  Keeping a food journal can be very useful, especially for those who feel mystified as to how they have been eating more calories than they burn.  This record-keeping can also help you to understand your eating habits better.  Many women who over-eat come to realise that there are often emotional triggers to eating rather than the hunger trigger.  Many react to stress and to seek to ease it by eating; some react to grief or sadness and seek comfort in food…  Once you understand what may trigger over-eating, you are empowered to make lifestyle changes to find stress reduction or solace in healthier activities.

Make exercise your friend

This doesn’t mean that you need to take up a rigorous gym exercise routine that you do not enjoy.  There are plenty of pleasant ways to get your body moving.  You can consider taking up a sport such as tennis or squash; enjoy cycling or daily walks; or start dance or martial arts classes. If you need company and encouragement to keep you on your exercise track, you can consider joining walking or running clubs in your neighbourhood.

See also our section on Active people [LINK TO FOR THE ACTIVES ONES PAGE].

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