Understand YOUR dieting flaws: Expert reveals the four weight-loss weak spots – and top tips to boost willpower
- Slimmers who rely on willpower to stop them eating are ‘guaranteed’ to fail
- Instead, dieters should look at areas of weakness where they
- Might involve taking a different route to work or avoiding a certain person
- Thinking about why we overeat in the first place might help prevent it
Many dieters begin the day with great intentions only to reach for a donut at 3pm. Now, a leading weight-loss surgeon says they should think about their ‘weight-loss weaknesses’ to identify ways to stop them falling off the wagon.
Slimmers who rely on willpower to stop them overeating are ‘guaranteed’ to fail, argues Dr Sally Norton, an NHS consultant specialising in weight loss and upper gastrointestinal surgery.
Writing for Vavista, she said: ‘We are creatures of habit and there are certain situations or times when we can be strong and may not even think about food at all, and then others where we just dive into a packet of chocolate biscuits without a moment’s hesitation.
‘So many people think they can just cut back on food and rely on willpower to lose weight. ‘Unless you understand your “who, where, why and when” weak spots, your willpower will fail you – guaranteed.’ Here, she identifies the four common areas of weakness, arguing that being aware of these ‘danger areas’ can help avoid the intake of food associated with them…
There is often a certain person around whom you eat much less healthily. It could be that they have a habit of suggesting you get another bottle of wine, or order a dessert. Or perhaps they’re the person in the office who always brings in irresistible cakes and biscuits that you struggle to say no to. Try to get them on board with your healthier eating too – otherwise, be forewarned and avoid.
Is there a certain place where your healthy eating habits are most-tested? A coffee shop on the way to work? Re-route, change direction and avoid putting yourself in that situation. And if you’re going out to a restaurant for dinner, be prepared. Check the menu online in advance and plan your choices so you are less swayed by temptation when you’re there.
When it comes to eating on the go at work, is the staff canteen where the stodgy option is the cheapest? If so, make a stand and prepare ahead. Take a healthy but delicious lunch to work with you.
Far too many of us simply don’t pay any attention to the reasons why we eat – are we actually hungry? Or is it that we’re stressed, bored, angry? Taking a moment to stop and ask yourself that question before you tuck in may help you understand your eating patterns a bit more – and perhaps you can find a different way to deal with the emotion.
Unless you understand your “who, where, why and when” weak spots, your willpower will fail you – guaranteed
Dr Sally Norton, weight loss expert
Finally, when are your danger times for giving in to those less-than-healthy cravings? Do you find yourself reaching for a sugary treat at work at around 2 to 3pm – otherwise known as the mid-afternoon slump? More than likely you have had a sugary or processed lunch and sent your sugar levels awry. Opt instead for slow release energy from protein, wholegrains, healthy fats and veg. Have you eaten enough during the day or do you come home ravenous? Have a snack mid-afternoon to avoid those fridge raids as you walk in the door. Do you tend to pick in the evenings after your meal? Find a means of distraction – or start getting to bed earlier and get a really good night’s sleep which will help you make healthier choices the next day too. This article originally appeared and has been reproduced with the permission of Vavista.
Here is the recent weight Loss Guide By NHS
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