5 tips for sustainable weight loss
One of the common mistakes for some looking to lose weight is expecting to see visible results in a short space of time. If we don’t achieve the results we were expecting, not only can it be disheartening but it can also affect our motivation to stay on the wagon.
The key is to implement changes in your routine which will lead to long-term, sustainable weight loss. We’ve put together some tips which you might want to consider:
Setting small, achievable goals
Even if you feel that you have a lot of weight to lose, breaking this goal down into smaller more achievable steps may help to make your weight loss more sustainable. Once you begin to achieve these smaller goals, the feeling of accomplishment can fuel your motivation to keep on track.
Using non-food rewards
Food can often be used as a reward or treat for hitting diet-related milestones. To achieve your weight loss goals in the long-term, you may want to consider changing the way you think about food, viewing it as fuel rather than a reward. Consider alternative ways to celebrate achievements, such as treating yourself to a new outfit or book.
Focusing on your health
If your goal is to lose weight it can be difficult not to become focused on the number on the scale. Some weeks if you find your weight plateaus or even goes up, it can be hard not to let this affect your motivation. It may be helpful to remember that weight is not the only indicator of health – improved HbA1c and blood pressure for example are also indicators of progress. Noticing the positive effects of healthier habits, you’ve adopted will increase your chances of being able to stick to them.
Planning filling meals
On the program, we suggest that your meals should be filling enough so that you shouldn’t feel the need to snack. This is because frequent snacking can lead to elevated insulin levels, preventing us from dipping into our fat stores. If you find that you are getting hungry between meals, consider including more healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, nuts or seeds in your meals.
Remembering your ‘why’
If you’re struggling for motivation, it may be helpful to remind yourself why you started on this journey. If your goal is to lose weight, think about what other benefits you could achieve by losing weight such as being able to run for a bus without feeling out of breath. Some people may find it helpful to write these goals on a post-it note to stick on their mirror or fridge to motivate them to stay on track.
You can find more tips for long-term, sustainable weight loss when you join the Low Carb Program.