10 Simple Steps to Kick-Start Your Weight Loss Journey

10 Simple Steps to Kick-Start Your Weight Loss Journey

Keep your weight loss goal on track with these top tips to starting your weight loss journey compiled by Ramsay Dietitian, Nichola Whitehead.

  1. Establish your weight loss goal and stay accountable

    Think of the reasons that you wish to lose weight and then write them down. Keep a diary so that you can document your progress. In times of weakness you can then remind yourself of the bigger picture and strengthen your resolve to stay on track.
  2. Start with an achievable goal

    Don’t set yourself the immediate goal of reaching your target weight. Set yourself daily and weekly tasks so that as you meet them you can chart your progress and remain motivated. Start off small and build yourself up.
  3. Plan ahead

    Many people slip back into the habit of picking up unhealthy snacks when they are short on time. Pre-plan meals, make your lunch the night before and arm yourself with healthy snacks so that you are never caught short or tempted.
  4. Visualise yourself how you want to be

    When you feel your willpower breaking, conjure up a mental picture of yourself at your goal weight. Research has shown that positive visual motivation can help keep you focused on your goal.
  5. Check in with someone

    Let your friends and family know about your weight loss goal. This will give you added support and help them to ensure that social activities won’t jeopardise or impact your weight loss.
  6. Drink more water

    People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. You can end up consuming extra calories when a glass of water is really what you need. You should aim to drink about six to eight glasses (1.2 litres) of fluid, preferably water, every day – or more if it's warm or you're exercising.
  7. Cut down on alcohol

    Did you know that a standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate, and a pint of lager has about the same calorie count as a packet of crisps? Over time, drinking too much can easily contribute to weight gain.
  8. Exercise with a friend

    Not only can this be more fun but it helps you to stay committed as you won’t want to let the side down.
  9. Invest in classes

    Found a fitness class that you like? Buy a few classes up front so that you are financially committed and will be more inclined to continue attending.
  10. Don’t be too hard on yourself

    Weight loss is a journey. If you slip up, then pick yourself back up and get back onto your weight loss plan. Set out monthly or bi-monthly targets and reward yourself when you reach them with an activity you love doing or invest in some ‘me time’.



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