Are you finding your diet hard to stick to?
22nd January 2015
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It’s so difficult to lose weight and whilst we can create a diet plan or join a slimming club, it still can be hard to stick to.

Whether you’ve started a diet recently or you have been trying for months, there will be times when you lack focus and motivation and then you have to try and find a way to stay on track.

Today it was reported on Sky News that four out of five people who started a diet for the New Year will have given up by today – has that happened to you?

Here are some top tips on how to stay motivated:

  • Set yourself goals – identify how much weight you want to lose and realistically set an achievable weight loss for a month.  You couldn’t possibly lose 40 pounds in a month, but you could lose 5 pounds.  Maybe your end goal could be to be slimmer for a wedding or holiday.
  • Don’t weigh in every day – otherwise you’ll become obsessed.
  • Set a workout routine each week – maybe you could join an exercise class, or hire a personal trainer. JC Academy in Lichfield have personal trainers available to help you achieve your fitness goals.  Prices vary according to your needs, so give them a call.
  • Keep a log of what you eat – this will stop you over eating
  • Remind yourself why you’re dieting – keep an image in your head of what you want to change for yourself.  Stay mentally strong.
  • Reward yourself – remind yourself that you are doing a good job and give yourself a reward every five or ten pounds.  It’s difficult to have a healthy day every day so don’t feel guilty if you have a bad day.  Simply get back on track the next day.
  • Diet with a friend – you can motivate each other.   Alternatively join a slimming or exercise group where there will be other people with the same objective.
  • Avoid temptation – Eat three meals a day and don’t miss any.  Cutting out meals makes you feel sluggish, tired and hungry.
  • Remove unhealthy foods from view – this will reduce the temptation of grabbing them when you’re hungry.

A diet is a great way to lose weight, but you should not starve yourself to achieve your goal. If a woman is eating less than 1,200 calories a day or a man is eating less than 1,500 calories a day, then the body is not getting enough healthy nutrients to function.

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