Ditching the ‘all-or-nothing’ approach

When it comes to dieting, so many of us opt for an all-or-nothing approach with the hope that we will shed weight fast. However, this mentality normally leads to a few days into dieting feasting on fatty foods that we feel we’ve missed.

Dr Sally Norton, a leading health expert and NHS weight loss consultant surgeon has given her advice on why this approach doesn’t work. So what should you do? Not set yourself up for it in the first place.

  1. Ever stand in the mirror thinking I’m feeling fat and unhealthy, I have to loose weight? That negative mind set is bound to set up for failure. Instead prepare yourself, spend a week ditching junk food, getting plenty of sleep and fresh air to create a more positive state of mind.
  2. Set realistic goals. There is no point doing a crazy diet which you’l struggle to keep up with. Aim for a gentle amount of weight loss, around 1 – 2lbs a week.
  3. Don’t let weight be your only goal. Progress pictures can help you feel motivated as you will see changes. Aim to be more toned, fitter and healthier rather than relying on your weight changes.
  4. Willpower only won’t work. Instead of starting a new ‘diet’ which needs willpower just make one or two small changes which will lead to strong results.

Dr Norton also explains that if you do slip up, it’s okay.

  1. No-one however, slim they are, are perfect. Adopt the 80:20 rule, aim to be healthy 80% of the time then allow yourself a 20% leeway. That way if you slip-up you won’t feel like a failure.
  2. Listen to your body. You’re not superman or wonderwoman, losing weight is just one part of a busy life, don’t let it become an obsession. Cut yourself some slack and relax a little from time to time and restart the next day.
  3. Learn from your mistakes. If you find you are slipping up constantly then change your diet, work out what keeps going wrong and take learn from it.

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