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- Set reasonable goals for yourself. Your doctor and/or dietitian can help you to identify a reasonable goal to aim for, and advise you on how fast/slow you should be losing weight to remain healthy.
- Use the Eat Smart and Get Moving food and activity tracking tools to track your habits and show you where you need to make changes.
- The changes you make must be ones that you can stick with – so choose those physical activities and healthy foods that you really enjoy.
- Be patient and aim to lose extra body fat one day at a time rather than crash-dieting.
- Try new foods and new physical activities to keep you interested and motivated.
- Reassess your progress on a regular basis, and track your achievements.
- Getting off track is not a failure: remember the good things you have already done for your health.
- Feel proud when you meet your goals.
- Don’t give up when you hit a plateau! Try substituting a different activity or eating strategy to help you get past these obstacles. A change can be as simple as taking a different route when you go walking, or taking up a new hobby that keeps your mind off eating.
- Find a physical activity partner or a support person who will join you at the pool, go for an evening stroll or even share heart-healthy recipes. The right support person will encourage you to get moving more regularly and to make better choices about food – not make you feel guilty!
Most importantly, the change that you make today should be one that you can live with for the rest of your life. If you can do it again tomorrow – and every day – then you are on track to a healthier life!