Wedding Weight Loss: Lose weight without losing your mind
So your wedding is looming and you’re beginning to look at your reflection with an after-taste of regret. You know you need to lose weight, but just the idea of starting a weight-loss regime or diet makes you miserable.
Losing weight isn’t a walk in the park, but it is possible to do without feeling like you’re sacrificing everything else in your life. Here are five simple ways to achieve your weight loss goals.
How to Lose Weight Tip #1: Be realistic
If you’ve spent the vast majority of your adult life in a horizontal or almost-horizontal position, then it’s unlikely you’ll emerge from a 12-week fitness and nutrition programme looking like Daniel Craig.
However, knowledge is power, so don’t look on that as a major buzzkill, instead use that information to focus on what you can realistically achieve.
Setting your heart on unrealistic targets will do nothing for your physical or mental wellbeing, and failing to meet them will have a detrimental effect on your motivation levels.
By speaking to someone who is in the know and identifying the targets you should be hitting at certain points in your regime, you will have a clear focus thereby making your mission all that more simple.
How to Lose Weight Tip #2: Seek support
We’re not suggesting you sit down with a mate for an hour a week and talk through the triumphs and pitfalls of the last seven days, but if you are into that, then work away.
No, we simply mean that by informing your other half and a few close mates of your plans to lose weight, you will have a small group of people ready and available to give you a nudge in the right direction if it looks like you’re about to give up.
Seek the advice of mates who you know have fought their own battles with the bulge and suss out whether they’ve any pearls of wisdom to offer.
Pro-tip: Anyone who has ever lost a substantial amount of weight will be only too delighted to tell all, make use of this fact.
How to Lose Weight Tip #3: Be prepared
We cannot stress this point enough, so it’s vital you listen up and take it on board.
If you don’t do a sweep of your kitchen, bin the junk food and fill your cupboards with enough nutritious food to take you through your first week, then you are guaranteed to fail.
The first seven days of any weight loss programme are the toughest and putting yourself in the way of temptation is the last thing you want to do.
Stock up on enough eggs, chicken breasts, fish and vegetables to feed an army, and get through that first week like a pro.
How to Lose Weight Tip #4: Document your journey
Get on those scales and get out that measuring tape because you’re about to get a full-body assessment.
Starting any weight loss programme without knowing what you’re working with is a recipe for disaster – how will you ever know how much you’ve achieved?
As anyone who has ever shed a significant amount of weight will agree, seeing those figures gradually reduce is a high like no other, so don’t deprive yourself of those feelings.
And hey, if you don’t have written proof of your accomplishments, how will you be able to justify that much-deserved cheat meal you’ll be tucking into when the first big assessment comes and goes?
How to Lose Weight Tip #5: Reward time
And so to our favourite part of any weight loss programme – the rewards!
Give yourself permission to splurge on something you’ve been eyeballing lately if, and only if, you hit a significant goal in your journey.
Let’s face it, you’re going to hit a lot of goals along the way, but they won’t all justify a massive reward (unless you’re boasting a seriously impressive bank balance, that is), so earmark something that will mark a milestone effort.
And now for the corny part; there will come a time in your weight loss mission when how you look and feel will be reward enough in itself…