New Year, new diet (and no more leftovers!)

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Happy New Year! School doesn’t start until tomorrow for us, but I just can’t put off the inevitable any longer. Yes, I’ve started my diet today. When you have kids in the house that’s easier said than done, of course. My biggest downfall has always been leftovers and the tempting ‘after school treats’ in the cupboard. So I asked celebrity fitness guru Nicki Waterman for some motivation tips to keep me going. (Don’t forget Nicki is one of our experts if you want to ask her anything.)
‘Losing weight is a slow process,’ Nicki says. ‘It entails real lifestyle changes and it doesn't happen overnight. You've a higher chance at keeping the weight off if you lose it slowly and healthily. If you go for a slow, sensible and healthy weight loss of 1 lb per week, you won't even feel the pain of doing it and the weight will come off and stay off for good. And try to find a fitness buddy so you can help motivate each other.’ Here some more of Nicki’s top tips:

* Set a Sensible Weight Loss Target
Don't set unrealistic goals, such as losing 30 lbs in two months, as it's going to overwhelm you. Just focus on your health and create sensible eating strategies – set smaller, achievable goals, like losing 5 lbs or going down by one dress size. You’ll feel more at ease and confident of achieving your goals.

*Measure Yourself All Over
I mean measure literally all over- your bust, waist, hips, thighs, butt and upper arms. Take down all "vital" measurements. Every two weeks or a month, re-measure yourself. Every 0.5 inch lost will do wonders for you.

* Setbacks? No Big Deal!
‘You're bound to give in to temptation from time to time. It's OK. No big deal. Just don't let a single splurge become an all-out binge. Don't perceive it as a failure and an excuse to forgo all your effort…..When you slip up, so what? Forget it! Carry on with your diet plan!

*Reward Yourself
Dieting is hard work and no fun sometimes. Hence, little rewards along the way can serve as incentives to keep you going. Set mini-goals and reward yourself when you reach them. Reward could be a massage, a pair of designer sport shoes, a new pair of jeans, a hot bubble bath……When you celebrate your diet success in this way, you strengthen your resolve to continue on.
*Know your fitness personality 
 Are you a morning or night person? An outdoor or indoor person? A social person or a loner? Do you love or hate loud music? Do you need an instructor to motivate you? Or do you like a machine to do it? Once you have determined your fitness “personality,” it will be easier for you to select the right programme for you.

Great tips. By the way, if you’re thinking of joining a slimming club, don’t forget you can get £10 back for your kids through KidStart from Weight Watchers. Simply click here for more info.

Good luck with your diet – and do let me know how you’re getting on!

written by Liz Jarvis


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9 Responses to New Year, new diet (and no more leftovers!)

  1. Linda says:

    I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you for these realistic and achievable goals – especially the bit about not letting setbacks get you down. All you can do is take one step at a time. Too often we think when we are aiming to lose weight that when we ‘slip up’ this is down to a ‘lack of willpower’ or because we are at fault, but as you say very clearly here we are attempting a lifestyle change, it’s inevitable that at some point we may return to ‘learned behaviour’ especially if we associate food with love and warmth. I find myself at another new year determined to get into better shape and I have come some way towards this over the last couple of years, but I need to get rid of feelings of ‘failure’ and judgement when I get on the scales and they don’t show up the breathtaking loss of pounds I was hoping for. I would like to end this year a few stones lighter than I started it and today believe I am in the right frame of mind. Thank you Liz and Nicki for the inspiration.

  2. A Modern Mother says:

    How did you know I was thinking about this? There holidays were fun, but my jeans sure are tight!

  3. sally says:

    A few years ago, I decided to stop the whole new year, new diet thing. We all put a bit of weight on over Christmas, but once you stop eating a dozen mince pies a day and get your butt off the settee, if falls off naturally. By Easter, you’ll be back to your normal weight and can pile it all back on by gorging on chocolate eggs.

  4. sam says:

    I hate the new year new diet regime – but This year I HAVE to do it and make it for good. THANK YOU so much for the diet tips because it’s exactly what I need. I’m going to aim for 1lb per week – but more imminently I need to get myself out of the obese zone, that’s my main goal for the weeks ahead.

  5. Liz (LivingwithKids) says:

    @Sally – I think some of us have put on weight over a slightly longer period than Christmas alone… much as I’d like to say it was Christmas wotdunnit, it wasn’t!

  6. Expat Mum says:

    Good luck. I have set myself some fitness goals this year, more because I spent so much of last year with one stupid injury after another, but I could also stand to lose about 7 pounds. I think if we’re all being honest, it’s easy to lose weight if you don’t cheat. I did weight watchers a few years ago and stuck to it religiously. I couldn’t believe how easy it was and I only wanted to lose a few pounds. My trouble is that I start "guestimating" – and usually get it wrong. Oh and the glass or two of Pinot Grigio in the evening has to go.

  7. angelsandurchinsblog says:

    Thanks for the tips. It’s the leftovers that occasionally trip me up, but mainly buying in buscuits then eating lunch too late. By the time it’s ready I’ve often shovelled in the caramel digestives because my body is clearly worried I’ve hit a food drought. Best of luck, and Happy New Year.

  8. Heather says:

    always good to see sensible advice about losing weight.

  9. Wendy (nomorexcuses) says:

    Really good, do-able advice. I particularly like the acknowledegment that everyone is motivated differently. Some want ‘bootcamp’ style yelling, others want gentle encouragement. Some like going to gyms, others would rather deal with a bucketful of washable nappies… For some it’s a hodge podge of short workouts at home, for others an organised class. We all have an exercise ‘Mojo’, we just sometimes have to search a little to find it!


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