Picture this… You have been totally committed to your diet plan for weeks or months, you have lost an amazing amount of weight, and the end goal is in sight… Just a few more pounds to go… but you start to cut corners towards the end, perhaps thinking that because you’re so very nearly there, it’s ok to have a little of something else. You’re in danger of ‘self-sabotage’ – undoing all your hard work and not achieving your final goal…
This is a story we commonly hear and read about in the Slim & Save support groups. Unfortunately, even by having a few treats every couple of days, you are in danger of coming out of ketosis, meaning you will not be burning as much fat. It may also leave you feeling tired and irritable, as each time you decide to stop cutting corners and go back on plan, your body has to get back into ketosis.
So, we thought we’d write an article to raise awareness of this issue, and include some (hopefully useful) tips to get you through, keep going and achieve your end goal.
See how far you’ve come – it helps to see your weight loss progress visually. Why not check out your pre weight loss photos, try on some old trousers (and watch them fall off!) or measure your waist or thighs and marvel at how many inches you’ve lost? This can help spur you on to continue towards your goal.
Tomorrow is a new day – just because you’ve had a bad day today, doesn’t mean you’ve undone all your hard work. Start again tomorrow where you left off.
Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint – in every long journey, there are up-hills and downhills, uneven terrain, and surprises. We should expect this – so try not to beat yourself up about it. Take some time out to refocus on what continues to motivate you to lose weight.
Weight loss is never linear – during your weight loss journey, it’s useful to purposely have periods of time where you focus on weight maintenance rather than active weight loss. Why not come off plan for a couple of weeks (following our re-feeding guidelines) and then go back on plan to get to the finish line? Use those re-feeding weeks to re-group and re-find your motivation.
Enlist support – support from family, friends and others on their own weight loss journey can really help you get through. The Slim & Save Facebook group and our customer care ladies can also be a great source of support, encouragement and motivation to keep going.
Mix things up – if you’re tempted to eat foods that are off-plan, it may be because you’ve got bored of some of your products. What not mix things up a bit and try some new products to keep things interesting? There are also lots of recipe ideas you could try out, to use your products in alternative ways.
Acknowledge feelings of anxiety – identify the causes of your anxiety. Sometimes we start to lose feelings of ‘control’ when things feel out of control in other areas of our lives. Do you naturally experience mood fluctuations? Are you feeling fulfilled in life in terms of carer, relationships etc? Try talking to a close friend or family member about your feelings of anxiety. It can also seem daunting when you’re getting towards the end of a structured diet plan, thinking about the future and how you’ll be able to maintain your weight loss once you come off plan. Try not to worry – there is plenty of support available for you, including our weight maintenance plans which you are welcome to use.
A final note… keep journeying ahead, well done for keeping going – the finish line is in sight!
Written by Annemarie Aburrow RD BSc (Hons) PGDip, Slim & Save Dietitian.
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