The thought of introducing healthy changes to your lifestyle can be daunting.
Where do you start? What do you do to stop falling off the wagon? What’s the point?
While there’s no denying the process is tough, it can be made easier with a wise and helpful tip (or two). Formerly ‘overweight’ Reddit users recently shared the best weight management tip that actually worked for them — and stuck.
1. Ditch the juice.
While replacing fizzy drinks with juice might seem like a good idea, it requires moderation.
“Fruit juice and smoothies are terrible if you’re trying to lose weight,” wrote one Reddit user.
This is because they can often be packed with more sugar than your favourite form of bubbles.
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2. Be honest with yourself.
Don’t just write down the good stuff.
“Recording intake, even when you ‘cheat’, is the biggest thing … I would give up on tracking my meals/macros because I was ashamed I had given in to a craving,” wrote one Redditor, who worked at managing her weight for a long time.
“I started again, and now even I record everything I eat even when I know I will exceed a sugar/calorie goal. Getting over the shame of ‘failing’ was a huge improvement. Most of the time, my calorie intake averages out to my goal over the course of the week, and I’ve started seeing my diet as a long-term lifestyle change and not a short-term weight loss regimen.”
3. Drink milk.
“I have a full glass of milk every day at lunch, and the protein and fat help me stay satisfied from lunch until dinner without needing to snack. It’s the only thing I drink besides water and unsweetened tea (and the occasional glass of wine).”
4. Give things time.
Changes don't happen overnight.
"There's a relationship between how long you've been heavy and how long to take it off. This is taking both the mental and physical aspects of losing weight into account," wrote one user.
"If you gained three kilograms over Christmas, the weight will come off quickly. If you've been heavy all your life then it will take a bit to retrain your body and brain. It's worth it regardless."
5. There's no shame in 'falling off the wagon'.
"You will fail. You will stick your head in that bag of chips and eat the whole thing. Feel bad (learn the lesson) then start again. It's not a contest, there's no prize for a perfect record. The prize is at the end," wrote one Redditor.
6. Forget about 'dieting'.
"Don't diet. Just change the things you eat," says one user, who has lost 50 kilograms.
"Even if you find a diet that looks good, don't rush in head first," added another.
"Cut one bad thing at a time while steadily shrinking your portions. Dieting can be a nightmare if you jump in headfirst and try to handle the chaos that follows such an abrupt, dramatic shift. You will feel like shit because you're cutting too much too fast, so you'll stop going to the gym, and you'll give up."