So after being very soppy last week, this week I’m going practical with some top dieting tips to help you stay on track and focused.

 

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1 Have a treat but don’t cheat

Cheat days are so hard to come back from and do so much damage to your weight loss and mentally too.  That said denying yourself everything can lead to a full on crash. Instead of cheating allow yourself one little treat, maybe at the end of the week, or when you reach your next goal.  If you want to change your mindset completely give yourself a treat that isn’t food related.  Paint your nails, buy a new handbag, read a gossip magazine. Shhh I won’t tell!

2 Write your cravings down

I am aware that this one sounds a little out there, but go with it.  If you can’t stop thinking about a Chinese takeaway or anything else that’s going to stop you reaching your goal this week, write it down.  I find that once it’s written down it’s out of my head and can no longer torture me.  In the same way as when I’m trying to remember something I need to do, writing it down on a to do list takes away that anxious feeling.  Try it.

3 Have a fakeaway

Takeaways are an indulgent treat, but there’s so many great recipes out there for fakeaways. Things you can make yourself that taste amazing and are healthy.  Even my husband prefers my sweet and sour chicken to the local takeaway now.

4 Set yourself goals

Sometimes weight loss can feel like a mountain to climb when you have a lot to loose.  Break it down into smaller goals rather than just thinking of the end result.  This will keep you motivated and you will feel like you are achieving things.  Write your goals down.  You are more likely to achieve them.

5 Ditch the guilt

Sometimes things don’t go to plan for whatever reason.  Sometimes you might put on weight. Don’t beat yourself up about it.  The harder you are on yourself the more negative you will feel, and the more you will enter the mindset of “I can’t do this.”  Ditch the guilt, move on and stay positive.

6 Plan meals

You are far more likely to stay on track if you plan your meals.  Rather than wondering what to have and making the wrong choice at the end of a stressful day, having a plan and the ingredients to hand will keep you focused.

7 Drink water

And lots of it.  Not only is is really really good for you, but it fills us up.  Thirst is often mistaken for hunger.  

8 Squirt washing up liquid on the leftovers

You won’t eat them then!

9 Shop online

Much easier to resist temptation when it’s not right there in front of you.

10 Ask yourself if you are really hungry, or just like totes emosh babe

Am I hungry? Have I got a hollow sensation in my stomach? It is rumbling? Am I thirsty? Have I eaten anything in the last 3 or 4 hours? Have I noticed a sudden change in my mood? If you answer ‘yes’ to the last two it’s more likely to be an emotional hunger than a physical one.

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Have you got any top tips?  Add them in the comments below.
 

 

Loving Me is a weekly weight loss series following the LighterLife Fast plan.

 

My Weight Loss Diary

What is LighterLife Fast?

LighterLife Fast is based on the 5:2 diet concept.  You eat healthily for 5 days and then fast for 2 days on restricted calories.  On the fast days you eat 4 of the LighterLife Fast food packs.  These food packs give you 100% of your daily nutrition.

Week Eight:

This has been one of those weeks that totally didn’t go to plan.  My youngest son has been really poorly, and really clingy.  He’s had a high fever for most of the week, been sick and been crying in pain.  Poor little thing has needed lots of cuddles.

What this has meant for me is no time to prepare meals, or for that matter energy!  The nights have been long.  I’m a walking zombie right now!  On my fasting days it was easy because I could just grab a bar.  The non fasting days haven’t been so easy.  Apart from the fact that most grab and go thing aren’t really diet friendly, I have been craving sugar because I am so tired.

Although things didn’t go to plan, I still managed a loss this week.  Hoping things will be back to normal next week and going for a bigger loss.

 

 Week Eight Weight Loss:

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Total Weight Loss = 12 Pounds 

 

If you wish to find out more about LighterLife Fast visit lighterlifefast.com  LighterLife Fast products are available exclusively at Superdrug.

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