SMALL CHANGES BIG DIFFERENCE

When it comes to weight loss, sometimes baby steps are the way to go if you want your progress to be sustainable and you don’t want to end up falling off the wagon. When you’re just starting the plan, it can be overwhelming as it seems like there are so many different things to do.. However, if you just make a few little changes, then these actions can become little habits, and suddenly the whole weight loss process doesn’t seem so overwhelming.

Here are a few tips from you, our lovely members, about what small changes you’ve made that really help make a big difference…

 Small Exercise Changes

  • Take the stairs every single time they’re an option. No more lifts or escalators.
  • Find an activity you enjoy so it doesn’t feel like a chore.
  • If you have some spare time, park a bit further from your destination, so you’re forced to walk.
  • View mundane housework as chance to be more active.
  • Join a team or workout with a friend – you’re less likely to make excuses not to go!

Small Eating Changes

  • Drink up]! Try to drink 8 glasses (1.5 litres) of water a day.
  • Substitute butter and mayo with reduced fat options.
  • Use an oil sprayer when cooking.
  • Use less or no sugar in your coffee or tea.
  • Try steaming, grilling and baking as alternatives to frying.
  • Try at least one new food every week – if you’re bored with what you’re eating, you’re more likely to give up. Use the Good Habits cookbooks and recipe section of our website for inspiration!
  • Enjoy fresh, raw vegetables and salad on the side instead of chips.
  • Measure your portions until you’re sure you know what a portion and a tablespoon look like – this will help you practice portion control, an essential key to weight loss success.
  • If you don’t really love it, don’t eat it.
  • Focus on filling and healthy foods to keep yourself feeling full for longer and to make the most of your food portion allowance.
  • Always make time for breakfast.
  • Track down everything you eat and drink without fail, using your Good Habits Diary.
  • Plan ahead for special occasions and ensure you save and count your optional calories.

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