Have you been enjoying watching the World Cup from Brazil this summer? Ooops – maybe it’s a sore subject for England fans! Nevertheless, football is our national sport and in this light-hearted mini-feature we look at how football can help you with weight-loss on your Slim & Save journey.
One of the most important parts of your weight-loss journey is the goal that you set yourself. Goal-setting gives you motivation and direction. Never be over-ambitious because even Lionel Messi has to train constantly. To become good at anything takes time and effort. However, when setting your goals do visualise yourself as you want to be – look in the mirror and see yourself slim. Think hard and imprint this image in your mind. If you are having a bad day and maybe about to score an ‘own goal’ then remember the image of you how you want to be.
What is your motivation? Be clear in your own mind about why you want to lose weight. All football players have a clear motivation – to win! Make your own reason clear – maybe it is to be slimmer, sexier, fitter, lighter, healthier etc.
Make a plan for how you will celebrate when you achieve your weight-loss goal. Most football players have their own unique goal-scoring celebrations. Plan what you will do. Maybe buy a new pair of jeans, get yourself the latest blockbuster DVD, go out with your friends or treat yourself to a new gadget. ….or even run around the garden with your T-shirt pulled over your head with your arms out like you are an airplane.
Don’t give in to the advertisers and sponsors
Snacking and drinking are positively encouraged by many sports advertisers and sponsors. Take our advice and don’t fall prey to the marketing gurus. If you are having a night in to watch the final, make sure you stock up with some chopped vegetables or salad to snack on well in advance. Stick to your Slim & Save shakes, soups, meals and bars. Try to avoid watching the games in bars or pubs, if you do, then remember alcohol whilst in ketosis can be extremely dangerous so be sure to choose plain or sparkling water.
Penalties……If you feel inspired by the World Cup to take up a sport or exercise then you may like to check out the NHS Change4Life website.