If you really want to get the most from your weight management programme and have a healthier lifestyle, there are some things you need to stop:

1 Weighing yourself

Or at least weighing yourself so often. Everyone’s weight varies a lot from day to day, even at different times during the same day! Once a week is fine, once a fortnight is better. Try measuring yourself instead.

2 Saving up calories for treats

You’re not a dog! If you want a glass of wine, have a glass of wine. Just not the whole bottle. If you want a slice of cake, have a slice, just not the whole cake. But don’t go without nutritious food so that you can go out and get wasted on Saturday night. Foods are not synful (I’m sure some of you will get that).

3 Being a diet bore

It’s no fun to be out with friends who are eating what they want, and you can’t, is it? You know what else isn’t any fun? Being out with someone who keeps telling you that they are on a diet and can’t eat xxx. If you’re eating out, just quietly choose something tasty and sensible. If you’re at a friend’s, just ask for a slightly smaller portion because you’re not that hungry. Don’t bother to mention that you’re dieting, most people don’t care. And they’ll often tell you that you look just fine and talk you out of it. Especially if they’re carrying a bit of extra weight themselves. Just do your own thing and enjoy yourself.

4 Giving up if you have a wobble

It’s one day, or one weekend from your whole life. You have a long-term goal and plan. Pick yourself up and carry on. We’ve all done it. Just don’t use it as an excuse to quit.

Setting unrealistic goals

How long did it take you to put on the extra weight that you’re now taking off? So what makes you think that you can lose it all in three days/weeks/months? Take the long view. I know it’s hard when you don’t seem to see any results, but you’ll feel fitter, lighter and have more energy to enjoy life.

If you want a program to follow, with delicious healthy meals and treats, which fits around your lifestyle, then take a look:

Here’s to a happier, healthier you.


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