There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to weight loss; everyone is different. And while you may be tempted to try a fad diet to get rid those unwanted kilos, your best bet is going to a doctor to help you come up with an approach that best suits your lifestyle.
Consult your doctor, or find one using the doctor locator tool, to help you create a personalised plan that fits with your lifestyle and will support you in achieving your weight loss goals. Head to Doctor On Your Side for more information to kickstart your health.
“Your GP is a trusted member of the community and may have even known you for many years so; they know how you fit in within your family, social, work and cultural circles,” says Dr Georgia Rigas.
“Furthermore, your GP is a good source of information, especially about local resources and can help structure/tailor weight loss advice to your particular needs. Your GP can help you set realistic goals and will support you on your weight loss journey,” Rigas reveals.
“Most importantly, your GP and the practice team are well placed to manage and monitor your long-term health, given that weight management is a life-long journey.”
Here are some other tips to help you get started on your weight loss journey.
Come up with a long-term plan
Reaching your healthier weight is all about longevity. No fad diet is sustainable over the long-term so the key is adopting a healthier lifestyle to keep those kilos off. Try to incorporate foods that are high in protein and fibre into your meals – they are more likely to keep you feeling full for longer and will help stop you from reaching for the snack drawer.
Plan your meals in advance
Meal prep is one of the simplest ways you can maintain a healthy eating routine. Homemade meals and snacks will help reduce your temptation to get takeaway or raid the vending machine. Set time aside on a Sunday to organise your weekly meals so you’re prepared for the coming days.
Be strategic with your exercise
Bring a friend to a weights class to help you keep motivated. You could also take up a sport that you'll enjoy that will get your heart rate up, such as tennis. It also gives you a great excuse to catch up with your girlfriends. Try and increase the amount of ‘incidental exercise’ you do on a daily basis. Get off your bus a stop earlier to burn a few extra calories, for example.