Slowly, Slowly Catchy Monkey

Emily Orford

It’s September and everyone’s attention seems to turn to getting fitter and losing weight. I’ve also noticed (no coincidence I’m sure) that there are a huge number of postings on various forms of social media displaying ridiculous statements like “I went from this to this in just 4 weeks, click here to find out my secret. ”

Call me an old misery, but nothing makes my blood boil more than reading these crazy statements. It’s hard enough as it is (from one who knows) to lose weight and keep it off without daft messages like this lulling some people into the belief that there is a secret way to lose those extra few pounds. We all know in our heart of hearts that there is no magic potion, no miraculous click here button and that it’s more a case of cutting down what we eat and opting for a more active lifestyle.

So if you’re embarking on a healthier lifestyle this Autumn, here are a few words of encouragement which might just help you out when you’re heading to the fridge.

1) Slowly, Slowly Catchy Monkey – Despite what we read, weight shouldn’t just drop off, 1-2lbs a week is a sensible amount to lose and it is more likely that you will maintain a steady weight loss at this rate. Well proven that quick weight loss just doesn’t last.

2) Eat enough – Eating too little is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. You only need to reduce your calorie intake by around 400 calories a day to achieve a sensible weight loss. Your body needs enough calories to function each day and if it thinks it won’t get enough food anytime soon, it will hold on to what’s there which can slow down weight loss in the long term.

3) Learn to deal with the bad days – Ah well, you had too much wine, a cheeky takeaway, finished that tub of ice cream in the freezer, well, come on, it’s not the end of the world is it. The key however is to jump back on the wagon the next day and return to eating healthily. Ditch the “I’ll start again Monday” way of thinking, because if it’s only Wednesday, there’s a long way to go until Monday comes!

4) Take pleasure from the little things – if you have a large’ish weight loss target to achieve, pat yourself on the back for the small achievements. Don’t think about how far you have to go, think how great it feels to have looser trousers, bra’s that don’t dig in (sorry gents) and all that renewed energy.

5) Move your body – I don’t mean thrashing yourself senseless at the latest fitness class (unless that does it for you of course) but keep that body moving. Make up excuses to get up and do something, don’t try and save your legs as my mother used to say, the chances are they don’t need saving!

Good luck to all of you out there wanting to lose a few pounds. I’ve been there and know how hard it is but the end result is well worth it. If you need a bit of help, drop me a line :)