1.Find your motivation
What’s compelling you to lose weight? Sit down and work out your deep-rooted motivation. It might be to run around with your kids, to feel good in your clothes, or lower your blood pressure. Whatever your big end goal, keep it in the forefront of your mind so that when your mindset falters, your weight loss motivator and kick you back into gear.
2. Make a goal
Set an achievable, time-limited goal which is behaviour-based. Ensuring your weight-loss goal is based on behaviour means your goal is within your control. A good place to start is making a goal to workout 3-4 times per week; or aim for 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves for veggies per day.
3.Plan like a fiend
Set up your surroundings with cues, and schedule in activities to make it easier to follow your plans. Things like placing your runners or gym bag by the front door mean you have less excuses to pike out! Plan your meals, make shopping lists, plan your meal prep time, and schedule in workouts. Always have fresh, nutritious foods on hand.
4.Spend time with healthy people
Your peer group does a lot to influence your ideas on health. Hanging around with people who think it’s normal to exercises most days will rub off. On the flip side spending time with people who eat junk food every day will mean you think that’s a normal habit. Find your people! That’s why we have an exclusive facebook group for our clients! If you’re a member of HYPE also read: Join the Club
5.Sing your praises
Build belief in yourself, because you CAN do it! Like Henry Ford said in our Motivational Quotes article “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right”. Self-confidence and self-esteem play a huge part in a) how hard we try to reach a goal and b) whether we actually accomplish a goal. So start as you mean to go on and back yourself! You’re more capable than you realise. HYPE expands on how to build self-esteem in Be your own cheerleader.
6.Ditch the all or nothing thinking
Be flexible in your approach. The last thing we want is for you to restrict yourself unnecessarily for 6 weeks, and then go ‘back to normal’ when that time is over. Work family meals out, picnics, ice-cream etc into your healthy eating plan- because everything is healthy in moderation. Learning how to live a balanced life will keep you healthy for a lifetime. Another danger of restriction is rebellion- where you decide you can’t take any more and eat all the foods that you restricted. Rebellion can then lead to guilt and shame, and further restriction. We want you to have a healthy relationship with food! You deserve that.