You’ll also need to remove any edible temptations. Start by using up or throwing away any of the foods you’ll need to avoid from your fridge or larder. This is a great time to have people round for dinner! Restock your kitchen with the recommended foods and drinks. Do the same at work.
Some of the foods on this diet may be new to you, but all of them are readily available in your local health food shop, supermarket or good greengrocer’s. There’s a shopping list for you in my books.
Setting your targets
Most people start diets hoping to lose in a month what they gained in a year. They vow never to eat chocolate again and to exercise every day. This approach usually ends in failure. So here’s my advice on easing into this new way of eating and exercising.
1. Be realistic
Be realistic, and take it one step at a time. Set yourself targets for changing your diet and taking exercise that you know you will reach. The weight will look after itself. It is far better to take one step towards permanently changing your lifestyle than to take four steps forward and four steps back because you were overambitious to start with.
After all, we often eat because we are under pressure or stressed. Boredom, frustration, anger or a lack of direction all lead to feelings that can be temporarily suppressed with food. Even making small dietary changes is, to begin with, stressful. It takes time to adjust. So don’t add to your stress by expecting too much from yourself and then failing to meet your targets.
2. Be patient
It took years to put on weight. Does it really matter if you take months, rather than weeks, to lose it? Our impatience drives us towards the countless ‘get-slim-quick’ diets that have been shown, time and time again, not to produce long-term results.
It is hard for the body to lose more than 2lb(1kg) of actual fat in a week, although you can also lose a lot of excess fluid when you stop ......
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