Let me start by saying, just because it’s January, it doesn’t mean that you HAVE to go on a diet, make a New Year’s Resolution, or try and change your life.
We’ve all had a rough year and, right now, weight loss might be the last thing on your mind….
However, you may want to lose some weight, want a ‘fresh start,’ you might be tempted to start a new diet, join a slimming club/go back to a slimming club, or make some changes.
With that in mind, here are some tips to help you out a bit…
The best diet is the one that:
- Keeps your hunger, energy and cravings all in check and under control.
- Gives you the results you want to achieve (normally fat loss for my clients).
- If you’re very hungry, knackered, or having terrible cravings then, no matter how much weight you’re losing, this is NOT a good diet for you.
- If you feel like sh*t all the time, it is NOT working, even if you’re losing weight!
- A diet that makes you feel this way isn’t sustainable and can lead to bingeing and yo-yo dieting, which is not a good habit to get into.
- If you’ve lost loads of weight previously following a certain diet (or at a certain slimming club), and then put it all back on once you stopped, this is NOT a good diet for you. You couldn’t sustain these eating habits, which is why you couldn’t keep the weight off and have to keep “starting again.”
- What keeps you satisfied, energetic, with minimal cravings, whilst still losing body fat? Be a detective and find this out.
Here are some top tips!
- Protein will help you to feel fuller for longer, so make sure you get enough protein in for your individual circumstances. This can be in the form of meat, poultry, eggs, cottage cheese, tofu, Quorn, whey protein, and many more sources.
- Eat vegetables and fruit to ensure you’re getting important vitamins. If you “don’t like” fruit and veg, experiment a bit and find ones that you do like, or try different ways of cooking veg that appeal to you a bit more.
- Learn how many Calories you actually need and roughly how many you are consuming. You may be surprised! Most people either wildly over or underestimate their Calorie intake.
- Don’t cut out carbs or any other food group altogether for a prolonged period of time. You DO NOT need to cut carbs to lose weight. If you’ve lost weight following a low carb diet before, it’s more than likely that you were eating less Calories than usual because you stopped eating carbs. It’s the drop in Calories that causes weight loss – NOT cutting out carbs.
- Fat doesn’t make you fat (unless you consume more Calories than you’re burning). Your body needs good fats – found in avocado, eggs, nuts, olives etc.
- Build some of your favourite foods into your diet. This stops you from feeling deprived, bingeing, and ‘falling off the wagon.’ You can still lose weight whilst enjoying the odd treat, if it fits into your daily Calorie requirements. All of my clients have ‘unconditional permission to eat ALL food.’
- What works for your friend won’t necessarily work for you. We are all individual with individual requirements. It’s important to try things out and see what works.
- If your diet is currently pretty poor – lots of convenience foods, takeaways and fizzy drinks – it isn’t necessary to go on a strict diet and try to change everything all at once. Little steps will get you where you want to be.
- You do not need expensive supplements, shakes, cleanses or detoxes. If you particularly want to spend money on supplements, I recommend Vitamin D and Omegas which can be picked up from Amazon, Holland & Barrett and loads of other places.
- To lose weight, you need to be in a Calorie deficit – eating less Calories than you are ‘burning.’ This doesn’t mean you have to count Calories (although this is an effective dieting method). There are lots of ‘non-tracking’ methods of dieting too. Again, it’s about finding what works for you.
If you need help with this stuff, or want to know how to get started, get in contact with me today.
This is exactly the kind of thing that I help my 1:1 Coaching Clients with. Everything is personalised and tailored to each individual client, so they don’t have to navigate this by themselves.
Working with a Coach is a great investment and can get you to where you want to be much faster than if you did it alone.
I saw a great quote recently on Instagram, from a Coach called Sam Meade:
“Do you need a coach?
Short answer, no.
However technically you don’t need a Plumber, Electrician, or Mechanic, you could do it yourself, but you don’t, as they are the specialist in their field, and they get the job done quicker and more effectively.”
The same absolutely goes for working with a Coach on your weight loss goals.