These methods may lead to temporary weight loss, but they can have harmful effects in the long run. And guess what? Once you return to your normal eating habits and lifestyle behaviours, boom! The weight tends to come back, and sometimes even more. This creates a cycle of yo-yo dieting that is not beneficial for your overall health.
I always advocate for setting long-term goals that prioritise your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Rather than fixating on short-term events or specific times of the year, it’s important to view your body and health as a valuable long-term investment. This perspective helps shift the focus towards sustainable lifestyle changes that can be maintained and realistic goals that can be achieved.
Maintain a well-balanced diet: Include complex carbs, lean proteins, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits.
Practice portion control: Avoid overeating and be mindful of your serving sizes.
Stay hydrated: Drink enough water to support bodily functions, feel full, and reduce snacking.
Increase daily activity: Aim for 10,000 steps a day to stay active and incorporate movement into your routine.
Engage in regular exercise: Combine cardio, strength training, and HIIT workouts for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
Prioritise sleep: Aim for six to eight hours of quality sleep to allow your body to recover and promote muscle growth.
Manage stress: Stay calm through activities such as meditation and yoga, or engage in hobbies you enjoy. Avoid emotional eating that hinders progress.
Be consistent: Build a system based on healthy habits and maintain consistency to see long-term results.
Seek guidance from professionals such as a dietitian and a personal trainer. They have the knowledge and expertise to provide personalised advice and support tailored to your specific needs and goals.