Once you’ve broken your old eating habits by dieting, don’t go back to them, take the opportunity to make permanent, long term changes to your diet and devise a proper long-term weight management regime.
Keeping weight off by exercise
Similarly, many people go out of their way to exercise while they’re trying to lose weight, then go back to the same old sedentary habits as soon as their ‘diet’ is over. Once again, if a lack of exercise contributed to your excess weight in the first place, going back to the lazy life will just have the same effect a second time. Weight management is more than just the odd weight loss diet once in a while.
Having found the time and the drive to exercise while you were trying to lose weight, try to keep at least some of these habits in the long term. Just a little exercise can make a big difference to a successful weight management plan.
Best method of weight loss
One of the best methods of weight management is not to diet in the first place. It is far better to make sensible, long term changes to your diet that you can live with, than to live on lettuce for two weeks then go back to burgers. You may not get the same swift results, but you will lose weight steadily and you’re far more likely to keep it off over the long term.
Introduce small changes, like swapping fruit for that chocolate snack, or adding an extra portion of veg to your dinner and having less of the meat. Cut back on takeaways and try to reduce your alcohol intake. As you integrate these changes permanently into your weight management plan you’ll find that they become easy, without all the fuss of counting calories.
The same is true of exercise. Instead of blasting away at the gym for a month before your holiday, or to fit that Christmas LBD, try making a couple of weekly visits part of your regular week. Even little changes integrated into your everyday routine can make a huge difference. Get off the bus a stop earlier, take the stairs instead of the lift, dig the garden at the weekend –all these little tricks help keep that weight off. And if you have kids, find the time to play with them more often, there’s no workout like it!