What is it that holds you back from making real progress with weight loss long-term?
For many people (I think) one problem is the crazy misconception eating for weight loss requires munching down rabbit food 24/7.
In other words eating bland, boring, tasteless food.
Soggy lettuce leaf anyone??? How miserable!
But, why is it we’ve become so confused about how to successfully lose weight?
Is it because, we view the emaciated waifs gracing our catwalks, who live on cigarettes and booze, as the norm?
Perhaps it’s the glossy mags we pour over, who constantly bombard us with one diet plan after another?
Or, is it the fault of health professionals like myself? Perhaps we’re simply adding to this confusing mix in our attempt to put things right!
What do you think has led to so much confusion about how to lose weight?
One things for sure, I certainly don’t survive on rabbit food, nor am I ever likely to. I love my food too much, and deprivation is simply not an option for me!
So, here’s my thoughts on how to maintain a healthy weight…
1. Be prepared
There’s only one way to make sure your food doesn’t taste like rabbit food–put the time in!
This isn’t a difficult step, but planning and prepping healthier dishes does take time.
The question is, are you prepared to put that extra time in? Rest assured the results are worth it!
2. Be adventurous
Food shouldn’t be boring: period!
So, even if you’re watching your calorie intake, it’s okay to enjoy what you eat. Healthy food can and should be tasty too.
Perhaps it’s time to dust of your delia people and get experimenting with healthy ideas. Try reading recipe books and websites to inspire different and exciting meals.
Need some more inspiration? Check these out…
3. Be flexible
“Diets” tend to be so inflexible. My advice is don’t cut your calories too much (reduce by around 500 kcals), and definitely don’t cut out whole food groups–these are recipes for failure.
Instead, be flexible and allow treats now and again. This will help you to manage your cravings.
Remember, food doesn’t have to be the enemy…
I understand this article is merely scratching the surface on how to lose weight, so I’m wondering what you as a reader would advise…
What tips do you have for people struggling to gain control of their weight?