By Kelly McGarry
Over the years I have tried nearly every eating plan, diet, or ‘lifestyle change’ going, some have worked and some haven’t. I can’t tell you what is going to be the right one for you, but here’s a few tips to help you get started.
To begin, I always take that first big, horrible step onto my personal arch nemesis- The Scales. It’s hard the first time but I feel so proud of myself when I know how many pounds I’ve lost since starting a diet.
The easiest and least complicated way I’ve found to lose weight is actually one of the more obvious ones; counting calories. It’s old school but it helped me drop 3 dress sizes in what seemed like no time.
What I liked about it was I didn’t have to give up any of the foods I love- I just had to work out what to sacrifice to have them.
First, ask your doctor what the recommended calorie intake is for someone of your height and build and how many you can eat to stay healthy and still lose weight.
After that, it’s mostly a case of keeping track of how many calories are in what you eat and drink. I recommend keeping a small diary with you to help you keep count.
If you are the type of person who works best with the support of a group or a friend I would recommend maybe joining one of the weight loss groups. I know what you’re thinking, but they’re not all like Fat Fighters on Little Britain, many of them actually do the trick.
It can be hard trying to get fit on your own but knowing that you’ve got the support of a group of people who are all in the same boat can make a world of difference and keep you motivated.
The main draw back to the groups for me was the cost. If you’re a bit strapped for cash maybe just get a friend or family member to work out a healthy eating plan with you and go through it together.
If you don’t like the idea of following a particular diet or eating plan, maybe a ‘lifestyle change’ is right you.
I tried being a pescatarian (not eating any meat other than fish) for a year and while I was still getting protein, it eliminated the option of eating rubbish fast food like burgers, sausage rolls or deep fried chicken. It didn’t take too long to adapt and I wasn’t missing out on the things I love. Again, speak to your doctor about what will work for you.
Exercise is also important if you want to get fit; joining a gym or class is great if you have the cash, but jogging or following an exercise DVD can work and is great fun too.
Before starting any kind of get fit scheme, always consult your doctor or an expert about how to do it in a healthy way. There’s no point in trying to get fit and healthy by making yourself ill. That’s just silly.