Will my weight loss be permanent?
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One of the most common questions we get asked is "will my weight loss be permanent?". We would love to guarantee a yes, however everyone is different and it comes down to multiple factors.
It can be as difficult to keep the weight off as is to lose it in the first place. The good news is that there are certain things you can do to help with this. The trick to maintaining weight loss is to develop those healthy habits whilst you're losing the weight, so that when you get to your goal, you're in the healthier mindset and ready to continue with the healthy habits.
Changing habits and your lifestyle can take some time - they say it can take anywhere between 4 to 12 weeks to break a bad habit and develop a good habit. Because of this, we recommend making small changes slowly over time. Simple swaps can help, such as wholegrain instead of process bread or pasta, or even adding more fruit and vegetables to your diet one day at a time.
A lot of us believe we have a good understanding of nutrition but it can be difficult to navigate the minefield of healthy foods, diet foods and diet drinks. Please see our other articles regarding nutrition to get a broader understanding of what really is good for you and what is falsely advertised as being good for you.
With regards to exercise, some of us are estranged from it. It can be difficult to find motivation to do a full blown workout, which is why we advocate starting off small & light and slowly building your way up. Add an exercise every other day to your daily routine. That's why we offer a home-based workout plan plus online exercise programmes that you can do at your own pace in your own time.
Whatever healthy changes you make and new habits you develop, the most important thing is that you keep them up. Continuing with healthy changes is the key to permanent weight loss. Embracing healthy eating & exercise as part of your routine can help you to maintain a healthy weight for the long term, but it has to be enjoyable by you - otherwise you simply won't stick to it! You need healthy foods that you like and exercises you can get on well with.
Another aspect for weight gain and weight loss can be mental health. This has become more of a talked about topic during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is good news for those of us that feel like we can't discuss mental health. If you feel that you have issues with food that are linked to your emotions or mental health, you may want to seek help from a reputable and NHS approved charity. Alternatively, you can contact us and we can sign post you to a reputable service.
Once you have a healthy relationship with food and with your body, permanent weight loss should be achievable. If you feel that would like to discuss your eating habits, exercise habits or your weight loss, please do not hesitate to contact us.