Do you find losing weight and then keeping it off a real struggle? Don’t worry… you’re not the only one.
But the good news is, that just by making some simple changes to our eating and physical activity habits, in ways that we can sustain and maintain for the rest of our lives (rather than through short term dieting) we can lose weight, keep it off and boost our health for a lifetime.
A good place to begin is to tune-up those old habits by setting realistic goals.
One way to start doing this is to keep a simple diary for a few weeks to track our eating and physical activity, as this can help with setting achievable goals and planning our positive changes to accomplish them.
Avoid ‘Quick-Fixes’, Weight-Loss Traps and Unhealthy Fad Diets
Watch out for these weight-loss traps or bad habits that can get in the way of achieving your goals:
skipping meals or eating on the run
eating and drinking to relieve stress
eating convenience foods too often, instead of preparing home cooked meals from fresh ingredients
Stay clear of diets that:
ban a specific healthy food or all of a food group
promise fast and miraculous results
are not scientifically based or approved by accredited health professionals.
Quick-fix diets do not help to improve long-term eating habits or sustained weight-loss and can often also bring about harmful side effects to your health.
drink plenty of water and if you do choose to drink alcohol order by the glass and sip slowly
reward your achievements along the way and taking time for something that makes you feel good but steer clear of using food or drink as a reward
seek positive support from friends and others to help reach your long-term goals.
Who can Help and Support you to Lose Weight?
There are lots of weight loss programs, services and products available that may help you lose weight. Weight Management Council Australia provides information about best practice in weight loss. Use this information to help decide what approach will be best for you.
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