It’s nearly summer and for some, a time to get back to healthy eating and maybe lose some weight for a holiday. But, staying motivated and on track can be difficult. So here are my top tips for staying motivated and on track with healthy eating:
- Set achievable goals. Aiming to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day if you eat none now is not very realistic. Start by aiming to drink a glass of fruit juice or eat a banana every day and build up from there.
- Make sure you are full committed to a change of lifestyle. If you are not going to give it 110%, it can be very difficult to stay motivated and not give in to temptation. View it as a long term lifestyle choice not a quick fix to losing weight
- Plan your meals. Knowing what you are going to eat helps with shopping and prevents grazing on food instead of eating a proper meal because you don’t know what to have or don’t really have anything in.
- Don’t buy the foods you are tempted by. Stock up on healthy snacks such as fruit, dried fruit and nuts and prepare vegetable sticks. When you open the fridge for something to munch, you’ll reach for those rather than the junk.
- Write down what you eat. Keeping a food diary is a great way of seeing how much you eat. It can be quite surprising. Be honest with yourself and write down everything you eat and drink at the time of consumption.
- Limit alcohol. In some people, alcohol causes food cravings and it’s normally for crisps or nuts not fruit and veg! If you are drinking and eating, alcohol can also affect your judgement on how much you have eaten causing you to eat more than you may need to.
- Avoid diet fizzy drinks such as Diet Coke as they have been suggested to cause sugar cravings. Your body expects sugar but isn’t given it leading you to crave it more.
- Eat 3 meals a day. Skipping meals leads to snacking and generally overconsumption of food. Try to snack on fruit, vegetables and unsalted nuts in between meals if you need a snack
- Drink lots of water. It’s recommended at least 6-8 glasses a day. Sometimes, we mistake hunger for thirst so have a glass of water before you have something to eat.
- Enlist the help of someone else, maybe your partner or another family member who will help you stay on track and be there when you are struggling to keep motivated. Or, get the help of a professional who will keep you motivated with weekly phone calls or email support.
About the author:
Richard Hennessy is the principal hypnotherapist at Focused Hypnosis. He founded Focused Hypnosis in 2009 and since then it has consistently been one of the highest rated hypnotherapy clinics in Sheffield. It is now the biggest hypnotherapy practise in Sheffield. Richard specialises in weight management.