Monday, 8 May 2017

Planning for weight loss success!*

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*This is a collaborative post*

Losing weight can be one of the hardest things you can do, especially when you have a busy lifestyle, job and social life. There are many diets that have had varying amounts of success throughout the years and there are a huge number of programs today, more than ever that promise to lose weight.

The most important thing when planning for weight loss success is to change your entire lifestyle, the way you think and your attitude towards food and life in general. Following a unique and new diet may see that you lose weight quickly, however, once you come off the diet, you will observe that you put the weight back on as you relapse into your old ways. This article will give the best tips and tricks so that you can plan your effective weight loss.

Preparation is Key

As the saying goes, if you fail to prepare, then you should prepare to fail and this has never been more true than in the world of weight loss. Meal preparation can save you time and also means you know exactly what you are putting in your body, rather than if you are having to grab something on the go.

It can also save you a lot of time overall as you will cook a lot less if you cook in bulk. The way to do this is to set aside a few hours in the week in which you can prepare your meals for the next few days or maybe even the entire work. Many people like to do this on a Sunday night and you can even find this therapeutic. One hour or two hours is more than enough time to prepare your entire meals for the week for whilst you are at work.

Discipline and Perseverance

The most important thing for any diet is to be disciplined and keep going. There will be hard times, certainly at the beginning and you will make mistakes and cheat on your diet from time to time. It is important to remember that one small blip, for example a meal out or a juicy burger, does not mean you have to go off the rails all together.

It is okay to treat yourself from time to time, but it is important to remember that after you have treated yourself, you have to stay on track and persevere, rather than thinking just because you've had one doughnut after lunch, you might as well just completely go off the rails and scrap the whole diet all together, this is a very common mistake and it comes back to thinking about your lifestyle as a whole and not just thinking about your diet and getting to the end of the diet.

Weight loss is all about finding out what works for you and if that means you have to treat yourself every once in a while then that is completely fine.

Plan Ahead!

Similar to the meal prep, you should also plan ahead for any social plans you could have in the week or the upcoming weekend. If you know you will be going out at the weekend, having a few drinks, then make sure you stick to eating healthy in the week and plan to limit your calorie intake wherever possible when you get to the social event.

If you continue to struggle with weight loss in the long term it could be worth seeing your doctor to rule out any potential medical issues which could be stalling your loss. There are various treatments available to help with the weight loss process, and they may be able to recommend another approach to diet or exercise better suited to your lifestyle. 

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  1. I always fail on the planning part, but this week I've been doing some meal prep to help keep me motivated. It makes such a massive difference!

    Steph -

    1. I'm a nightmare for meal planning, but I really need to start again. It helps keep you away from the cheeky takeaway or a bowl of cereal for dinner ;)

  2. I agree, I think the planning part is key, especially having meals, or a 'menu' of sorts for each week ahead, as they really help me, but I need to stick to them more often! That's the part I slip up on, so this is a helpful post for that, to remind me to stick at it! Thank you for the lovely comments on my last post too. - Tasha

    1. I find meal planning so helpful! If I do it I'm so much more likely to stick to it than if I just wing it. Aww, you're welcome lovely xx

  3. I need a reminder of this tips, I'm terrible at preparing at the moment and really need to get my act together!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    Corinne x

    1. Aww, good luck! It can be difficult, but you can do it! x


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