Posted on November 06, 2017 by Kim Mead

Losing weight can be quite tricky, especially for anyone who is new to the fitness world and doesn’t have their bearings yet. It’s also difficult to decide whom to listen to in terms of dietary and exercise advice since different people will tell you different things; a qualified Personal Trainer will tell you something completely different from your work friend who’s always been religious with his gym sessions and looks great; neither the PT’s or your friend’s advice might get you into a better and thinner shape because their advice might not suit you and your own needs.

There’s tons of different methods out there that guarantee results within a short period of time with minimal effort; none of them will stick long-term and most of the time the quick effects do not last. The healthy and long-lasting process of losing weight takes time; it is a gradual change of both dietary and physical activity habits that you need to take one step at a time so it sticks with you.

If you want to keep excess weight off for good then it’s crucial you amend your eating habits, starting from eating regularly and portioning meals/snacks adequately as well as trying to be responsible with what you consume. My way of making my clients stick with good eating habits is changing one habit a week – start small, mostly by changing or adding a morning meal (breakfast) and picking at something else every week; I find it to be the most effective method and clients who stop working with me still stick to what we changed because they get used to new habits. Secondly it would be very beneficial for you to include some form of physical activity – it does not have to be running on a treadmill, it could be your favourite sport or activity as long as it keeps you moving. Try sticking to it and start with one session a week and keep it regular. If you’re already committing to a sport/exercise regime then that part of the job is already done.

The last tip I want to hand out on effective weight loss is sticking to this simple rule: if you’re still not losing any weight, even after changing your dietary habits and starting to exercise, then you need to cut your calorific intake – in order for the body to lose weight it needs to burn more calories than it consumes, meaning the most effective method to create a deficit is just cutting out one snack/small meal of the day. Again, whether you add or remove calories from your diet be moderate about it and give your body time to adjust and show results.