Feeling fat?

There is no easy way to weight loss and unfortunately there will always be holidays, birthdays and special occasions along the way. So try these six proven strategies to prevent these occasions from wreaking havoc with your healthy goals:

1. Make a commitment
Permanent weight loss takes time, effort, concentration and a lifelong commitment.

2. Get emotional support
Only you can lose the weight, but ensure you have support, either from family and friends,a dietician or a recognised weight-loss organisation.

3. Set realistic goals
Healthy weight loss occurs slowly and steadily, so aim for no more than an average of 500g – 1kg a week.

4. Enjoy healthier foods
You know what to do – now do it! Meal replacement shakes, pills and diets that focus on one food type aren't the answer. Eat a balanced diet of low-fat, high-fibre foods and drink plenty of water.

5. Get active, stay active
Exercise can double your rate of losing weight loss, and research has shown that you'll keep the weight off much longer if you exercise regularly – and for life.

6. Change your lifestyle
It's not enough to eat healthy foods and exercise for only a few weeks, or even several months. You have to incorporate these behaviours into your lifestyle.

Can you add to these tips? What are your festive season weight loss strategies? Share them with other readers in the box below.

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