Millions of people are constantly trying to lose weight. The sad fact is that the vast majority never reach their target. Some never make it passed the first week, some give up when the pounds stop dropping off and, out of the successful few who do slim down, many will see their waistline expanding a few months later. Not great news but, by understanding why you fail when it comes to obtaining the ideal body, can go a long way to ensuring that the next attempt is the one that’s going to get you exactly where you want to go.
Reason One – Failure to follow an individualised weight – loss plan.
We’ve all been there; a friend has lost five pounds in a week by following the latest fad diet. Being impressed by her enthusiasm and success and our “well, if she can do it, I can do it attitude” we throw ourselves in feet first sticking to the regime like glue for the first week, at the end of the which we also have shed many pounds. The problem is that the mere thought of another; shake, soup or vile product on which the plan is based is simply too much to bear – as it was for our friend who’s given up and has put the weight back on already!
So the number one golden rule to successful weight – loss is to find a plan that suits you, your lifestyle, your purse and your taste in food. If you’re not overly keen on foods which form the basis of the diet you’re unlikely to get beyond the first week.
Reason Two – Lack of true motivation.
When starting on any goal, weight – loss or otherwise it’s important to have a clear idea; not just of what you want to achieve but also why you want to achieve it. If you think about the personal benefits reaching your goal will realise this will help to boost your self – discipline in the light of temptation. So rather than simply thinking about the end result, for example losing 14lbs, think about things such as:
? Get into an outfit for a special occasion
? Look great on the beach
? Feel more attractive
? Become healthier
? Boost self – confidence
Don’t forget to refer to this list on a daily basis as a source of inspiration
Reason Three – Lack of planning and organisation.
There is nothing worse than, having had a successful few weeks than getting home, hungry and tired only to find that your cupboards are bare of acceptable foods. Either it’s too late or you simply don’t have the inclination to go shopping, the result? Probably that you’ll either end up sending out for something loaded with fat and calories or you’ll succumb to the temptation of rustling up something equally unhealthy.
The solution? Plan your weekly menu in advance make sure that you have all the ingredients in that you need. If you have a busy schedule and tend to get in late spend an hour or so once a week preparing meals that you can freeze. Search the Internet for quick recipe ideas suitable for the regime that you have decided to follow. Don’t forget that many ‘traditional’ recipes can be adapted to make them more healthy by substituting high calorie/high fat ingredients for products less so.
-By: Diane Collyer
Diane Collyer was a former athlete and holds qualifications in food science and nutrition. Having struggled to shed the excessive weight brought on by childbirth and over indulgence and tired with fad diets and broken promise, Diane devising her own successful weight-loss programme including her unique ‘back to front’ approach to dieting.
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