7 Diet Tips To Meet Your Long Term Weight Loss Goals

Today we will be sharing 7 weight loss tips to live by. Hope you enjoy!

WEIGHT LOSS TIP Number 1

– ASK YOURSELF WHY YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT

Ask yourself, what is your motivation to lose weight and get fit. Then take 10 mins, or 10 hours, or 10 days, or 10 weeks to really think about it. Is it YOU who wants to lose weight? Is it so that you will look better for yourself, or someone else? Is it just another New Years' resolution that is set to crash and burn? Is it that you will feel more confident, more attractive? Or that you hope to live a longer life for your children, family and friends? Only you can decide this. But this will be your absolute focus during difficult times! Carry with you some memento or photo for inspiration that will remind you why you are doing this!

WEIGHT LOSS TIP Number 2

– SET SOME ACHIEVABLE GOALS

While it’s important to have a long-term goal to strive towards, you are apparently much more likely to succeed with your diet/fitness goal if you break it up into shorter term goals. So I have decided that my first weight-loss landmark will be to lose 1 stone (14lb) before Easter and our holiday in the sun. It would be great to be able to wear some holiday clothes in my wardrobe that are currently moth food!

WEIGHT LOSS TIP Number 3

– WORK OUT YOUR BMI INDEX

If you’re not sure what weight is healthy for your height, work out your Body Mass Index. The BMI is widely used by doctors to work out healthy weight ranges. The BBC has a great BMI calculator so you can quickly find your own BMI and find out where you are in the healthy weight range. My BMI is 29.17 which puts me in the overweight range and perilously close to the obese range … like I didn’t know that already …. . The ideal, healthy BMI is 18.5 to 25. So that’s my goal!

I had to force myself out of the house this morning for my jog. My legs were stiff, my head was bursting and quite frankly even the mountain of work that I have piled up over Christmas was looking more appealing than a jog in the frosty sunshine. Since it is still only day 2 I decided to pull on my (still new, white and shiny) trainers and set off to my local park. It was fabulous.

Once I past the second lap of the track I run, some sort of endorphins must have kicked in as I found myself in a strange sort of exercise trance – looking forward to the spring, thinking about picnics in the park, planning our Easter holiday and wondering if I would be able to buy my first bikini in 10 years this summer!

Spurred on by my jog I decided to extend my exercise and take a brisk family walk in the country – which brings me to my first tip for today.

WEIGHT LOSS TIP Number 4

– FIND THE RIGHT EXERCISE FOR YOU

There is no doubt that you are more likely to succeed in losing weight if you exercise while trying to eat a healthy diet. Jogging or the gym may not be your preferred exercise, but the trick is to find an exercise regime that suits you. It could be walking in the park, sports like tennis with friends, swimming, exercise videos – experiment and find something that works for you! Not only will you lose weight more quickly, you will get fit in the process and improve your muscle tone and aerobic fitness!

WEIGHT LOSS TIP Number 5

– DON’T SUCCUMB TO THE ‘FAD’ DIET

As gorgeously tempting as they are, fad diets and meal replacement shakes like Shakeology simply do not work for most people who strive for medium to long-term weight loss. At very best they can give provide that immediate ‘get into my party dress’ effect, at worst, I believe they can be dangerous to your health and psychological wellbeing.

There is some form of exercise that is right for everyone and you just need to find it! I also think that varying your exercise can help and stop boredom setting in before you have really got started with your diet!

DIETING TIP Number 6

– GET SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Try telling the people that are close to you that you are trying to lose weight and get fit. Or even better, find a team beachbody coach and get friends or family members to join in too! Mutual moral support can really help you through the difficult times when cravings take hold and your muscles are exhausted!

DIETING TIP Number 7

– DON’T PROCRASTINATE AND BEWARE THE ‘START DATE’

Setting a start date for a diet can help many people to focus their minds but if you fail after 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months etc it can be hugely demoralizing, and re-setting start dates can be never-ending. I think I have had up to 20 different ‘start dates’ in one year! Totally pointless. Start your diet and fitness regime NOW! Even if you missed the traditional Jan 1st start date or have had a few bad days – MAKE A START NOW – TODAY! If you slip from your diet or exercise regime for a few days don't abandon it, just pick yourself up as soon as you can and continue!

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