The reason people find it hard to lose weight and keep it off, is often because the methods they use are not sustainable long-term.
When I weighed 100 kilos I desperately wanted to lose weight, and I was sick of losing the same 5 kilos over and over again. Can you relate? I didn’t just want to lose weight… That day I stared down at the photo of me bulging out of my swimsuit I realised the thing I wanted the most was to lose the weight and keep it off. And after I dried away my tears I somehow instinctively knew that sustainable weight loss meant becoming a healthy person. So I committed to becoming a healthy person and lost 35 kilos in 20 months and have been in my healthy weight range since. And the good news is, it’s much easier than you think.
Let’s take a look at some reasons weight loss can be confusing
- If I could just do this one thing… Sometimes we over-simplify it. We might say things like, “if only I stopped eating donuts”, or “if only I had time to exercise – THEN I could lose the weight”. The reality is, it’s never just one thing that’s standing in the way of you and your ideal weight.
- But it’s healthy… Just because certain foods are healthy doesn’t mean it’s suitable for someone on a weight loss plan – orange juice is a classic example here. And even healthy food such as avocado and nuts need to be eaten in moderation.
- I’ll buy ready-made meals… There are companies that provide nutritionally sound meal plans to your door and these will help you shed the kilos while you’re paying out the hefty dollars to buy the meals. But as soon as you stop the weekly meal orders you realise you have no idea what to eat or how to cook meals to maintain that healthy weight long term.
When I was trying to lose weight all those years ago, I thought diets were the answer. But the sad truth is, by the time I finally decided to stop dieting, I was hitting the scales at 100 kilos and getting fatter with every fad diet I tried – and I’d tried a lot!
So, let’s look at 3 simple steps for sustainable weight loss
Follow these 3 simple steps to get you on the right track to weight loss success.
1. Set realistic goals
I’ve lost count of the number of magazines I’ve seen over the years that promise BIG loses over short periods of time – “lose 5 kilos in a week.” Even if it was possible, as soon as you return to a normal eating routine, all the weight you lost will quickly pile back on. The key is to be patient. Losing weight can seem to take much longer than it took to put it on, so it’s important to be realistic about how long it will take to lose the weight.
A weight loss of half to one kilo per week is realistic and sustainable long term. As I mentioned, it took me 20 months to lose 35 kilos. I didn’t always lose weight each week, but I stuck with it and eventually reached my goal weight and so can you 😊
2. Eat a calorie and fat-controlled diet
When I create my menu plans, I work on 3 different menu levels:
1250 – 1300 calories – 30g total fat
1500 – 1551 calories – 40g total fat
1750 – 1800 calories – 50g total fat
Several factors are taken into consideration to determine which level is right for you. These include your gender, age, weight, height, and activity level. My Program Selection tool will help you work out the correct level for you.
3. Make healthy choices
Rather than starving yourself or eating food that’s not sustainable long-term, eat healthy food that you’ll continue to enjoy long after the weight has come off. This is all about creating a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy food, regular exercise and 2 litres of water each day.
If you like the idea of following a menu plan with all meals and snacks laid out for you, then you’ll find menu plans in book 5 & book 6, plus each of my Breakfast Shake flavours come with a 14 day menu plan. Or join my mentoring program where you get a meal plan each week along with all of the other fabulous long-term support that’s included, including direct email access to me to answer your weight loss questions.
Let me help you lose weight
My Symply With You mentoring program provides support 365 days a year to help you lose weight and keep it off long-term. I took the wisdom I gained from my personal battle of the bulge and created this program with you in mind to make this affordable, sustainable weight loss program.
After the initial 8 week joining fee of $99, it’s just $19.95 per month to stay a member until you’re able to get the weight off. It includes all the tools you need to achieve success on the scales. Find out more HERE.
A final word
Don’t try to change everything at once, it’s best to make changes gradually so it’s easier to maintain your new habits.
Trust me when I say that once you stop eating all those foods that have held you back in the past you’ll stop craving them. I used to love a bakery meat pie – so a few months into my healthy lifestyle I decided to buy a meat pie. Well… the greasy pastry stuck to the roof of my mouth and the once delicious meat filling tasted like they’d upended the salt shaker into the mix. I never finished that pie and haven’t bought another one since! These days I crave healthy food – true story 😊
This is not a quick fix, this is your new healthy lifestyle, your new way of eating, drinking, and interacting in the world. It’s your pathway to the new healthy you.