Some of us may be guilty of looking for weight loss quick-fixes and jump on every new diet, workout, product that comes along. You may get slimmer, but is this weight loss sustainable? Do the kilos come piling back later?
In theory, most of us know what we need to do to lose weight and keep it off, but we struggle to put that into daily practice. The next time you plan to shed those kilos, apply these three simple rules to keep the weight off for good.
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Set Realistic Targets
Avoid falling victim to the “magic wand syndrome” – trying every pill, potion, lotion and dietary fad that promises rapid weight loss. Set realistic goals. So, to lose weight successfully, it’s important to shed the kilos safely and slowly. This works out to be around 0.5 to 1 kg per week, or if you are over 100 kg, not more than 1 per cent of your body weight a week.
Prepare For A Bumpy Ride Ahead
Weight loss is far from a perfect downward slide. It can be a hard road, and there are bumps along the way. Perhaps you can attribute some of these to that holiday break or the festive season. But at other times your weight may plateau or level out for no explained reason. Accept that this is part of the weight loss process. It certainly does not equal failure and before you know it, you’ll be back on the right track again. Remember that it probably took years to gain your weight, so have patience with the journey to the slimmer you.
Get Your Cheerleaders
While healthy eating and physical activity sound so sensible and straight forward, many people find that support is vital to adopting a healthy lifestyle. And that means support on all levels – not only with eating and exercising, but also with the psychological and emotional aspects of healthy weight loss. Many people find that this comprehensive support is only available from a health professional or a structured evidence-based weight loss program.
Text: Bauer/The Australian Women’s Weekly