In order to successfully lose weight and to keep this weight off for good, you need to embrace manageable lifestyle changes, rather than fad diets or quick fix solutions. The latter may result in initial weight loss, but it can be difficult to keep up the heavy restrictions of a fad diet for a long time, and as soon as you go back to a regular eating pattern then you are likely to put back on all of the weight that you lost. In some cases, people put back on even more than they lost originally as their metabolism has been affected by the period of deprivation during the diet. This can be disheartening for anyone trying to make long-lasting improvements on their health and wellbeing.
To help you steer clear of the yo-yo fad diet cycle, we have complied some tips to help you achieve long-lasting weight loss and health improvements by using sustainable techniques.
Reframing your mindset
Successful weight loss is something that is best achieved over a longer period of time. When we are trying to change unhealthy habits, often these are habits which we have learnt over a life-time and they are therefore very challenging to break. Rather than trying to do too much at once, it is best to tackle individual habits one at a time, and to replace the habit with a healthier alternative to train your mind into your new way of living. Feeling stressed and feeling the urge to reach for some sugar? Take a deep breath and walk around the block instead.
Plan your meals
In order to make healthy eating choices more natural for you, setting up a meal schedule can be helpful to do this in the beginning. A regular eating schedule which includes three meals a day will help to keep your hormones an d blood sugar levels balanced as well as regulating your metabolism which will also help you to lose weight.
Make yourself the priority
A common hurdle for making new lasting healthy habits is when people claim that they do not have enough time to dedicate to changes. You do have enough time to do this, and you should by making yourself and your health the top priority in your life. When you are happier and healthier you will in turn have more time for other people and things and will be able to cope with the demands and stresses of life much better, so it really is worth making the time for it now. It may feel like a short-term sacrifice, but there will be long-term gains.