Top tips for healthy weight loss
Are you ready to kick start your healthy weight loss journey?
My top tips for healthy weight loss will also help you lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and reduce your disease risk.
What great side effects!
The easiest way to achieve healthy weight loss is with healthy food.
After all, you can only do so much exercise each week, but you likely spend at least 20 hours buying, preparing and eating food.
Achieving healthy weight loss is all about getting your food right!
Where to start?
Here are my five top tips for starting your healthy weight loss journey using healthy foods and eating habits.
Tip #1: Find out what's working and what's not.
After all, if you're overweight right now, then something is wrong.
Is it the amount you're eating? A lot of people simply eat too much, too often. Learn about my simple
Portion Size Diet Plan on this page.
You might want to learn about
which foods are healthiest,
or to simply compare your eating habits against my handy
weight loss tips.
How do yours stack up?
Despite your best efforts, you might find that you can't lose weight no matter what you try.
You may need to find out whether
Tip #3: Write your personal plan for making healthy change
It's one thing to have a big goal or dream of how you'd like to be - making it happen needs planning, goal setting and action taking.
First, develop a vision of what your life could be like. Write an inspiring, positive statement about what you'd like to achieve and why it's important to you.
Now, knowing what might need to change (see Tip #1), write down five habits you'd need to develop to make this vision happen. They must be specific, realistic and measurable.
Then, write down two or three small goals each week, that you feel confident you can achieve.
Your goals might be related things like learning about:
Then, start taking action on your goals!
With each change you make and maintain, you’ll look and feel better and lose weight. And that creates motivation.
It’s just like the old saying ‘practice makes perfect’. This applies to piano players, athletes, lawyers, typists and yes, people who want to be healthy and lose weight!
Tip #4: Get support from friends, family and/or online communities.
As a Wellness and Fitness Coach, I find the thing my clients ask for and value the most is SUPPORT.
After all, if change were easy, we'd all be thin, rich and successful!
Get support to make change, stay on track, stick to the plan, cope with tough days, and celebrate successes.
Who can help you with this? How often would you need to talk with them?
Tip #5:Get the right information for you
Let's face it, there's so much info out there on how to lose weight. But is it accurate? Is it safe? Is it right for your body type, budget and lifestyle? Can you maintain it?
Find a good Wellness and Fitness Coach, because they'll be qualified to give you accurate information that's right for YOUR specific needs.
He or she will keep you accountable and help you overcome the obstacles to your success.
The key steps for building health and losing weight are:
• Know what needs to change (improve)
• Get support!
• Get the RIGHT information for your specific needs and learn how to overcome the obstacles to your success
• Consider emotional therapies for overcoming obstacles to weight loss (e.g. cravings, comfort eating, boredom eating)
One last thing: Are you taking medications? They can affect weight loss. Certain types of medications can affect your metabolism, and therefore, can restrict weight loss.
These are (1):
• Benzodiazepines (diazepam, alprozolam, flurazepam etc)
• Corticosteroids (betamethasone, prednisolone, cortisone etc)
• Sulphonylureas (glipizide, tolbutamine, chlorpropamide etc)
• Anti-psychotics (chlorpromazine, risperidone etc)
• Tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline, imipramine etc)
• Anti-epileptics (sodium valproate etc)
• Insulin (all types)
There may be other mediations that contribute to weight gain, or inhibit weight loss. Please read the information leaflet that accompanies your medication.
If you need support to help you achieve healthy weight loss, feel free to contact me.
(1)Dr Egger, G. and Dr Binns, A., 2001. The Expert’s Weight Loss Guide. Allen and Unwin, NSW, Australia.