Change your mindset when it comes to food. A lot of us binge eat, comfort eat or just eat to pass the time, you don’t need to diet, you need to change your relationship with food. There are some great apps around, I have heard people having amazing success with the Virtual Gastric Band app (not just available on iphone).
Don’t cut out all fat. Our bodies need some fats to remain healthy, avocados, olive oil, fish, nuts and seeds all lovely and nourishing, providing our body with vitamins and antioxidants. We know anything deep fried is bad, but a little oil to stir fry some healthy veggies is good. Brazil nuts for example are amazing for our skin and hair and you only need 4 a day to get the benefits.
Avoid “diet” food. Avoid the fat free options, a lot of these have added sugar to increase flavour which can damage the collagen in our skin, you’re better off eating a small amount of what you love than a lot of the diet option. Ready made meals really aren’t your friend, if you’re pushed for time try a slow cooker and get a recipe book.
Exercise. Exercise won’t help if you’re still living at your local chippy but if you’re following a healthier lifestyle and exercising then this will help you shed the pounds. Hate exercise? In the words of the great Tony Robbins “People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” Find something you enjoy, it doesn’t have to be a gym class, why not try boxing, karate, pole dancing, swimming, belly dancing, zumaba….anything that gets you moving and that you enjoy doing. If you don’t love it and look forward to it, find something else.
Be realistic about what’s sustainable. It’s easy enough to lose weight, but not as easy to keep it off. You need to follow a lifestyle that’s achievable and won’t result in your weight dramatically changing. Yo-yo weight where your weight goes up and down continuously really is the worst thing for your skin. So you need to decide today, are you going to be a size 8, constantly watching what you eat and going to the gym 4 times a week for the rest of your life? Or will you maybe be happier a little heavier, with a healthy lifestyle that you enjoy, doing an exercise that keeps you fit and healthy? There’s no right or wrong answer there, some people love the gym, if you love it and can keep it up, then that’s perfect!
Why are you on a diet in the first place? I’m possibly the heaviest I’ve ever been now and you know what? I’m so happy! I’m in a relationship with an amazing man, I have 3 lush children, I love my job. Go back 9 years where I was 8 stone, a size 8-10, my body looked pretty damn good, I was single and mingling, great social life, I also cried myself to sleep most nights ☹ Being thin does not mean being happy! Yes I do want to lose a little bit of my wobbly belly but I also will never ever diet again or go to a gym class that I hate because I’m happy and secure in myself. Make peace with yourself, be happy and let the rest follow.