Sometimes it seems impossible to lose unwanted kilos.
Cutting emotional ties with food is half the battle when you’re trying to lose weight. But don’t fret – changing your mindset can make the scale your friend. Nutritionist Rachael Anne Hill shares her top tips on how an attitude adjustment can help you lose weight.
What you’re thinking: I deserve to eat/drink this
Using food or drink to cheer you up rarely works and is a sure-fire way to put on weight. Find alternative ways of treating yourself, such as a long bath or a new lipstick.
New thought: What I really deserve is a slim, fit and healthy body I can be proud of.
What you’re thinking: If I ban the high-kilojoule foods, I’ll get the body of my dreams.
The human mind is a very complex thing. The minute you tell yourself that you’re not allowed to eat a certain food, it becomes even more desirable.
New thought: Everything is ok to eat – but in moderation.
What you’re thinking: I’ll never be thin – years of dieting has damaged my metabolic rate.
There is no doubt that your metabolic rate goes down when you diet. It’s the body’s way of fighting back when it thinks it may be facing starvation, but we’ve found it recovers after a few weeks of the diet ending.
New thought: My metabolic rate is functioning normally and I can make it burn an extra 800 to 1000 kilojoules with every 30 minutes of exercise I do.
What you’re thinking: Everyone in my family is overweight, so why try to change my weight?
Your genes play a significant role in determining your natural weight range, but just because your relatives are overweight doesn’t mean you have to be. Eat healthy foods, smaller portions, increase your activity levels and exercise more to overcome it.
New thought: I can’t alter my DNA, but I can make sure I am the best I can be.
What you’re thinking: It’s a waste to throw this away, so I’ll eat it.
It goes against the grain to waste food, but remember – if you put it in the bin, it’s gone for good; but put it in your mouth and it may hang around on your hips, thighs or stomach for years to come!
New thought: If I’m not hungry I simply won’t eat any more.
DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website/newsletter as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.