We're all prone to weight fluctuations from time to time - millions of women find it hard to keep to a diet that will not only lose the weight, but keep it off.
Extreme dieting: the worst choices
- The cabbage soup diet
This is one of the worst it leaves you feeling lethargic and bored. No surprise there, as cabbage soup is the main thing on the menu. It's also unsustainable, meaning as soon as you hang up the ladle, the kilos will just pile back on.
- Meal replacement diets
Anything that suggests you should have a shake or protein bar instead of a proper meal are a no-go. While they'll give you quick results and promise they've been fortified with all the vitamins, minerals and protein you need, you will once again struggle to maintain your new weight once you kick the bars and start eating real food again. And let's face it, it's just a matter of time.
Tips for keeping weight off
So you've done the hard yards and are now marvelling at your new svelte self. Here comes the hard part stopping the weight from slowing creeping its way back on.
For long-lasting results, try these tips:
- Find a weight-loss program you actually enjoy. Sounds impossible, but it's not.
- Look for something that's affordable and accessible and you're already halfway there.
- Be aware of slip-ups and do something about them before it's too late, otherwise you'll revert to your old eating habits and the kilos will follow.
- Make sure you maintain your healthy eating plan on weekends as well as weekdays.
- Monitor your weight regularly.
- Eat breakfast every day.
- Do some kind of physical activity.
- Eat a low-calorie, low-fat diet.