Around the world, millions of people started a diet plan on January 1. Statistics show that most of those people have already fallen off the band wagon, or starting to slowly slip back into old habits. Many people start diets a few times a year, and for some people it may seem as if they are constantly on a different diet. Most of these people who start a diet cannot maintain it for the long term, even if they reach their goal weight, they are likely to gain the weight back, often with a few extra pounds on top of that and go back to their previous eating habits.
The truth is that to lose weight and keep it off long term you can never really stop your diet. You need to transform yourself and change the way you look at eating healthy.
This may sound like an enduring jail sentence of tasteless, boring food and deprivation, but it doesn’t have to be.
It would be much more rewarding teaching the body to eat clean nutritional based food and have sustainable weight loss than to continue to gain unwanted weight back over and over again. The reason weight usually comes back is that the diet is simply too restrictive to be maintained. Many fad diets eliminate food groups such as carbs or fats or only allow you to eat specific foods at certain times of the day. This may well help you to reach your goal weight, but you cannot go all your life drinking only meal replacement shakes or eating only high protein, low fat salads. It’s simply not sustainable! There really are no quick fixes, the faster you lose weight, the faster you can gain it back. The key to transforming our bodies is finding a balance of healthy eating and allowing for those cheats when needed.
Tips on how to achieve long term weight loss (and not feel like you’re on a diet)
- Make gradual changes that don’t make a big impact on your life
- Explore and enjoy new healthy foods and cooking
- Reduce portion sizes
- Don’t beat yourself up over the occasional treat
- Make your calories count (Be mindful of the nutritional value)
- Don’t obsess about your weight
Remember that quick fixes don’t work, instead you need to find a healthy lifestyle course that you can stay on. Avoiding diets that are unsustainable and do not fit in with your everyday life and instead focus on small, healthy, long-term changes to your diet. Your weight loss may not be fast, but if you persevere you will be able to maintain a healthy weight for life, rather than being back at square one and making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight all over again next year.
Below are my bikini prep progress pictures over a several month period with the help of a great coach. This shows that consistency, hard work and determination are needed to achieve a goal. Having a coach to be accountable to made the difference and I couldn’t have done it without her. Hopefully I can help you achieve your goal!