Have you tried every diet out there? Sure, they work pretty well at first, but as the weeks go by it gets harder and harder. And eventually, you fall back into old habits. But by reshaping your approach to losing weight, you'll find something that actually works. These are our expert tips on losing weight, and keeping it off for good. Let's break the yo-yo diet cycle together!
Stop the diets
The secret to sustaining weight loss and keeping it off is to shift your mindset. You have to accept that weight loss is a journey, not something that happens in a week. It takes time, experimentation, support and most of all perseverance. Going on a diet and using diet products will not give you those things.
There's been countless amounts of research that shows that people who lose weight on diets tend to gain the weight back over time. Dieting ends up being ineffective for achieving long term weight loss, and it can also cause harm to your physical and mental health.
The first and most important step towards losing that weight and keeping it off is to ditch the diets. Instead, start thinking about making permanent changes in your self-care, and size down your portions of food.
Shifting your focus
Diets don't work and often fail because the unhealthy habits that cause weight gain don't change. Losing weight and keeping it off means you have to adopt healthy behaviour in all areas of your life that can influence weight gain. This can be sleeping habits, stress management, physical activity and life satisfaction, which is a critical component of sustaining weight loss for people who are emotional eaters.
Think about going on a diet. No one goes on a diet with the intention of staying on that diet for the rest of their lives. Diets are considered short term, which is exactly what the problem is. Dieting is not a long-term solution. Being on a diet means you can lose 20, 30, 50 or even 100 pounds, but when you stop you will inevitably gain that weight back.
This isn't a fact that is meant to make you feel hopeless. It's meant to emphasise that sustaining weight loss can only be achieved when you shift your focus from dieting to self-care. Focusing on changing the unhealthy habits in your life and adopting new healthier habits will help you feel amazing.
Start by eating healthier
Sustaining that all important weight loss means finding a healthy lifestyle plan that is good for you physically and mentally. You should be able to stick to this plan happily for the rest of your life. A healthy lifestyle plan looks different for everyone, and it will take some experimentation to figure out your unique blueprint for wellness.
Everyone's plan is unique, but there are some basic guidelines that you can follow to lose weight and keep it off, including stocking up on fruits and veggies and avoiding those additives.
Work on changing your habits and behaviour
No diet is a one size fits all option. Figuring out the best healthy lifestyle plan that works for you will take motivation, support and experimentation. At The Warrior Programme we support our clients to change their mindset and keep that weight off when they lose it. Making these behavioural changes means you can maintain your weight loss for a lifetime.
Our Head Warrior, Amy Newton, has made a video exclusively for you on how you can sustain your weight loss over time, and everything you should be avoiding that won't deliver results. Click here to view it now.
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