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Sustainable weight loss: How to find the right method for you

If you’re struggling to lose weight, you’re not alone. Losing weight can be a difficult and frustrating experience. With so much conflicting advice out there, deciding on the most suitable, sustainable approach and support for you can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be! In this blog post, I offer expert tips and insights on how to choose the right plan for you, all while taking your personal lifestyle and preferences into account. With the right method and support, you absolutely can achieve your long term weight loss goals and start feeling confident and happy with your body.

Where to start: the importance of defining your weight loss goals

Firstly, defining your weight loss goals is crucial. Is your primary aim to improve your overall health, build strength, or simply feel more comfortable in your body? Whatever it is, knowing your objectives will help you choose the right weight loss method and support you need. So, let’s not skip this step, okay? Get clear on what you want to achieve and we’ll go from there.

Take an honest look at your lifestyle, habits and preferences

Next, take an honest look at your lifestyle, habits and preferences. Do you rely on processed foods and snacks, or do you generally eat a balanced diet? Do you have a sweet tooth or regularly consume alcohol? Do you enjoy exercising or dread going to the gym? In your opinion, what has stopped you from reaching your weight loss goals in the past?

When answering these questions, it’s important to think about the big picture. It might be easy enough to pretend you’re not a chocoholic or cake fiend for a while. However, it’s unrealistic and unhelpful to base your decision on an idealised version of yourself (i.e. one who can easily refuse that delicious looking chocolate-covered cookie-crumble-cake in the shop window). 

Cakes in a shop window you could eat on my Effortless Weight Loss programme

If you’ve had enough of trying to restrict yourself and watching your weight go up and down like a yoyo, it’s time to find a more permanent solution. Dieting might seem like a quick fix, but it’s tough to maintain and can actually be harmful to your health and self-esteem. So if you’re ready to break the diet cycle and find a more sustainable approach to weight loss, remember to keep your long-term goals in mind.

Weighing up your weight loss options

Here are a few of the most common methods to consider.

Support Groups

If you’re looking for a low-cost option for weight loss support groups, like Weight Watchers and Slimming World, could be a decent choice for you. One of the best things about these groups is that you’ll get to connect with others on a similar journey. Regular meetings and weigh-ins will hold you accountable to your weight loss targets and help you stay motivated.

However, in my experience, these groups do not promote long-term healthy eating habits. While no food is ‘off-limits’, these plans do require you to track what you eat. Instead of counting calories, you’ll need to keep track of syns or points. This can feel tedious, time-consuming, disempowering and unnecessarily complicated. By labelling some food as ‘free’, they encourage you to eat as much as you like in order to ‘feel full’. Since many of us use food as a way of avoiding uncomfortable or painful emotions, ‘stuffing’ ourselves with any kind of food – healthy, ‘free’ or otherwise – fails to address the underlying problem.

Similarly, requiring people to track the syns or points of ‘less favourable’ food groups can lead to feelings of guilt, shame and self-sabotage whenever the allocated allowance has been exceeded. Without personalised support to address the habitual triggers that lead to comfort eating, many people who lose weight with support groups often end up regaining it.

Nutritionist/Dietician

If you’re dealing with a specific health condition or want to improve your overall health, working with a dietician or nutritionist may be the way to go.

These professionals have specialised training in nutrition and can provide expert guidance on how to tailor your diet to meet your specific needs. They can help you identify foods that are particularly beneficial for your health and create personalised meal plans.

However, making major changes to our diets can be challenging. It’s not always easy to stick to a restrictive eating plan, especially if it feels like we’re depriving ourselves of foods we enjoy. Sometimes a more flexible approach is needed. Moreover, sustainable weight loss requires a holistic approach that includes emotional, mental, and social support. A nutritionist may provide guidance on diet, but may not be able to provide the necessary support in other areas.

Personal Trainer

Exercise and physical activity can be a great addition to your weight loss journey, especially if your goal is to become fitter or build strength. On top of that, regular movement can boost your mood, especially if done with others or outside in the fresh air. That being said, the role of exercise in weight loss is largely exaggerated. While it does burn calories, the amount of exercise needed to burn the calories of just one cookie can be discouraging. Plus, exercising can actually make you feel hungrier and lead to overeating, which can undo your hard work.

Now, if you’re someone who enjoys going to the gym or going for a run, (I must admit I do not fall into this category!) a personal trainer can create a fitness plan tailored to your specific needs. They will hold you accountable and make it easier for you to stay on track.

However, many personal trainers focus on short term goals and do not provide a long-term plan for maintaining weight loss. Once the programme ends, people can struggle to maintain their progress without the guidance and support of their trainer.

So if the thought of exercising and meal planning makes you want to hide behind a tub of ice cream, read on for an alternative you’ll love!

Woman on a run, exhausted

Effortless Weight Loss: a revolutionary way to lose weight without counting calories or restricting your favourite foods!

What if I told you there was a way to lose weight without counting calories, depriving yourself of your favourite foods, or spending countless hours at the gym?

After 30 years of comfort eating, overeating, and binge eating, I’ve developed a unique weight loss method that combines intermittent fasting with simple tips and mindset tricks. It’s how I lost 35 lbs over a four-month period… all while continuing to enjoy the food I love!

Intermittent fasting can be unnecessarily hard, but my particular method emphasises ease, joy and freedom. This makes it perfect for food lovers who want to keep enjoying their meals. If you struggle with dieting, don’t have time for the gym, or simply can’t resist your cravings, this may well be the solution for you.

In my programme, I teach people how to make intermittent fasting so easy, they don’t even notice they’re doing it. As an NLP Practitioner and trainee Coach, I have the skills to help you reprogram your subconscious mind so you can effortlessly overcome triggering behaviours and manage your hunger. You’ll learn how to make intermittent fasting work around your other commitments and eat the same meals as your family without feeling like a party pooper! My method will teach you how to think differently about food and the way you eat FOREVER.

Don’t believe me?

Take a look at what others have said about it. You can also learn a little more about my programme by watching my video ‘Why when you eat is more important than what you eat (or how I can eat cake for breakfast and still lose weight)’. 

So there you have it, a brief summary of some of the most common weight loss options available. There are, of course, an abundance of fad diets out there, from which, I recommend you steer well clear (though you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see my Fad Diet Friday posts for pure entertainment!).

It’s easy to lose motivation when progress is slow, or to slip back into old habits. That’s why having the proper support system in place can completely change your experience and chance of success.  Before committing to any method, take the time to clarify your goals and be honest with yourself about what sacrifices you’re prepared to make. If you do decide to seek help from a professional, it’s important to meet with the person to see if you click with them. It can be helpful to find someone who has been through the same struggles as you, as they may have a deeper level of understanding and expertise to offer.

Keep in mind that sustainable weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. So choose a plan that you can realistically commit to for the long haul.

And good luck!

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