With the Christmas party season upon us, popular TV Doctor Dr Hilary Jones is on hand to offer words of encouragement and top lifestyle tips for those LighterLifers wishing to feel great this Christmas, and get in shape to lead a healthier 2013!
Here’s what he had to say…
Don’t just get incentivised, stay incentivised during the break. Try on those outfits and keep that photo of when you felt great, put that somewhere visible and keep looking at it whenever you’re feeling unmotivated. This will help keep you on track.
Set manageable goals. Decide how much weight you want to lose or the boundary you are comfortable at managing your weight within and break this down into small steps. Aiming to lose too much weight before Christmas sounds and feels much harder than wanting to lose a certain amount of weight each week. Programmes such as LighterLife have great support mechanisms of weekly counseling sessions that provide you with the tools and tips to get or stay on track.
Don’t immediately act on your impulse to eat. Remember to stop and think – am I hungry? Almost all of us are aware that we eat when we are bored. Whenever you get the impulse to snack, make yourself wait ten minutes to see whether it’s hunger, boredom or habit causing the urge. Try having a drink to fill yourself up and satisfy your cravings, or take your mind of it with a walk or a little indulgence like painting your nails.
Share your success and utilise your support network. Keep your friends and family updated when you are doing well: their praise will increase your motivation and sense of achievement. Let them know when you are struggling: their support and encouraging words will help to keep you on the right track. You can even use social networking to do this – blog, tweet or Facebook about your journey so you don’t feel you are alone.
Give yourself positive messages. Post motivational messages around your house and desk to keep your spirits up and help you stick to your goals. Focus on areas where the temptation is greatest – perhaps stick a note to the fridge or in your living room if you get the urge to eat while watching TV.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Even with a great map, sometimes people get a little lost and need to retrace a couple of steps. Remember it’s not a problem unless it becomes a habit. Look back at your goals and think of the future. Don’t, however, use one mistake as an excuse to break the good habits you have learned.
Assess your reasons for wanting to eat. In order to regain control over your eating habits it is important to identify the reasons you might overeat. If you feel the urge to eat but know you are not hungry, it might be a good idea to keep a record of other emotions you feel at the time. Making a connection between stress at Christmas or work or a fight with a friend and the temptation to snack is a key step in learning to resist that temptation.
If you want to find out how LighterLife has helped others develop the mindset for life-changing weight loss visit our LighterLife Facebook page, Twitter feed or our website to start your journey toward a lighter life.