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Tips on Weight Loss

When it comes to losing weight, there’s all sorts of diets you can try but ultimately it all comes down to making small, manageable changes to your daily routine that truly makes a difference.

Many weight loss plans involve cutting out your favourite foods and exercising crazy amounts but ultimately, they tend not to work in the long run. The most effective way to lose weight is to find things that you can stick to on a long-term basis, these are just a few of our top tips to help you shed your unwanted weight:

DRINK MORE WATER

Many people claim that drinking more water can help with weight loss; and that’s because it is true. Sometimes, people mistake hunger for thirst meaning they can end up consuming extra calories when all that they need is a glass of water. Not only that, water can help boost your metabolism and can help you feel fuller if you drink a glass before a meal.

DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST

Skipping breakfast doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll end up losing weight. By skipping breakfast, you are missing out on many essential nutrients that your body needs and you are also more likely to feel hungrier throughout the day. This could result in snacking more or eating a larger lunch than you need. The best thing to do is have a delicious healthy breakfast such as porridge or fruit to get your body fuelled for the day.

GET MORE ACTIVE

Getting more active is one of the key parts of losing weight and keeping it off. As well as all the health benefits of staying active, exercise can help burn off those extra calories. Take a look at our top tips on getting more active for more support on finding an activity you enjoy and can incorporate into your daily routine.

DON’T BAN FOODS

Banning all the foods you love and enjoy from your weight loss plan will just make you crave them even more. There is no reason that you can’t have a small treat occasionally, just as long as it fits within your daily calorie allowance. You should try to stick to Public Health England’s 400-600-600 message, whereby they suggest you eat 400 calories for breakfast and 600 for lunch and dinner.

PLAN YOUR MEALS

Using your personal calorie allowance, plan your breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks for the week so you know exactly what you are going to eat and can ensure that you aren’t likely to eat more. It will be handy to make a weekly shopping list, instead of buying things as and when you need them, as you’ll find yourself buying fewer unnecessary items.

CUT DOWN ON ALCOHOL

Did you know that a glass of wine can have the same amount of calories as a piece of chocolate? Drinking too much over time can make a large contribution to your weight gain. Try swapping alcoholic drinks to low-calorie soft drinks or green tea. Take a look at the health benefits of cutting down on alcohol and see for yourself how much of an impact drinking has on your body.

These are just a few tips that you can try to kick-start your weight loss journey. We understand that everyone is unique and requires different support along the way, which is why we offer one to one support and guidance to help you lose weight and be the happiest, healthiest version of yourself. Have a chat with one of our advisors today or request a call back with a time that suits you.

How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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