My Top 5 Weight Loss Tips

9 August 2015

I'm by no means a weight loss expert, but at five stone down so far this year, I thought that I'd share a few of my tips for anyone who's trying to shift a couple of pounds. I've only set myself one 'don't do this' as I've gone along, because it's all about the positive changes.

1. Don't Set Unrealistic Goals.
On a recent cleaning spree, I found an old notebook that I'd attempted to use as a fitness journal. I'd written my first weekly target as "lose 5 lbs and exercise for 260 minutes". Needless to say this went straight in the bin, but reading both of these goals made me feel really sad, as both would only leave me feeling disappointed and disheartened at the end of the week. Losing 5 pounds in 7 days is both unhealthy and unsustainable, and I'm not about to put a time limit on my exercise routine. If one week I feel full of energy and manage to swim most nights then that's great, but likewise if I'm having a hectic time of it and only make it to the pool once then that's okay too. My longterm goal now is to continue to improve my wellbeing, and to reach and then maintain a healthy weight. It's all about being consistent in the long run, not setting ridiculous short term goals which aren't maintainable.

2. Do Find Your Own Motivation.
As someone who's always struggled with their weight, people have often said to me "you've got to lose it when you're ready". I never really understood what this meant. I was desperate to lose weight but couldn't stick to a 'diet' for longer than a day or two at a time, so I always assumed that I had poor willpower. However, at the beginning of the year with a holiday in sunny Florida to look forward to, I was finally able to commit to taking control of my weight. Now that Florida is almost here, my motivation going forward is how much happier and healthier I feel right now. 

3. Do Up Your Water Intake.
You'll have heard this a million times before, but it'll make a big difference. If you only make one change to your health, then stop drinking (or at least reduce) fizzy drinks. I was a total Fanta fiend, I'd have 6 or more glasses on a daily basis. Going cold turkey was tough for the first couple of days, I had migraines from the sugar withdrawal. Now though, my skin is much clearer and I feel much less bloated and sluggish. I have so much more energy and I've trained myself to actually enjoy the taste of water. I still have the occasional glass of Fanta as a holiday treat, but I no longer crave it, and love getting my eight glasses of water a day.

4. Do choose healthy substitutes.
Switching up simple things - such as trading white bread for brown - can make a whole world of difference to a healthy lifestyle or weight loss regime. All of my carbs these days are whole grain, and I can't see that changing any time soon. If you can't commit to a total overhaul (and that's okay), why not cook yourself a burger and chips instead of ordering a takeaway? I can guarantee that you'll feel better for knowing where all of your ingredients came from, and from making the odd healthy exchange.

5. Do Find An Exercise That You Love.
They say that weight loss is 80% diet, but exercise is still a key factor. Since I took up swimming a couple of months ago I'm feeling a million times better. I can run up a flight of stairs without being out of puff, and my posture has improved too. I've rediscovered my love of walking so I've been incorporating this too, via my FitBit Zip and iPhone Health app. You wouldn't catch me on the cross trainer if my life depended on it (but if that's your thing then go you!), but because I enjoy swimming and walking they don't feel like a chore to me. *Whispers* I enjoy exercise now.

And Finally... Do Remember To Tell Yourself "Well Done!"
Losing weight, or maintaining a healthy weight, is hard work. We're very quick to criticise ourselves, but not so forthcoming when it comes to complimenting. Don't forget to take five minutes every now and then to congratulate yourself on how far you've come. I'm still getting the hang of this, but my confidence is growing on a daily basis.

2 comments

  1. This is such a lovely post and with some great words of advice - thank you! Congratulations on losing 5 stone, that's incredible! Abi | RamblingsofaBlonde

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