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My Top 5 (not-so-secret) Secrets to Weight Control

Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.
– Hippocrates

For the majority of women our image is a constant reminder of who we are as a woman.   Both obesity and anorexia effect many women of all ages.  According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics obesity has become a world-wide concern upon reaching epidemic proportions.  From the common image projected in mainstream media outlets our minds are confused and bewildered as to what is a “healthy” weight?  Some famous individual is either stick thin or piling on the pounds in the celebrity culture.  Have we actually forgotten what a healthy weight looks like?

I personally believe that weight control is over-complicated with a million diet plans that boggle the mind instantly and  an over-abundance of exercise regimes all promising quick, fast, easy results.  No wonder people get daunted and discouraged at even the prospect of attempting weight control!  I don’t think attaining a healthy weight should cost you excess money or time.  Although, the amount of effort and dedication you commit to your goal will equally determine the results.  Today I’m sharing 5 hints which won’t cost you a cent and the only requirements are a desire to obtain and maintain a healthy body weight.

Out of Sight – Out of Mind
Practically speaking, this phase turned into reality can make such a difference.  Stop the temptation.  Remove it.  Don’t let it hide in your fridge waiting for that weak moment where you loose all self-control and give into impulse.  Remove it totally.  (i.e. bin it!) There is less chance of you not thinking about it if you can’t see it.

Replace the Bad with the Good
We can be so eager and quick to remove the unhealthy, bad substances from our diet but all too soon we find they are weaving their way back in… Why and how does this happen?  We have removed the bad but never given it a replacement.  If you’re having trouble kicking an unhealthy substance, remove it but be sure to replace it with a healthier alternative.

Write a Shopping List
I think I’ve mentioned my love of lists before, right?  Ah, well there is even more benefits than just minimizing food waste and time management!  Shopping lists also allows to you to re-focus when you’re purposely skipping the confectionery aisle and guide you to better, healthier eating habits.

Cut the Carbs
If there was one, just one suggestion I would give to anyone wishing to regain control of their weight it would be to delete carbohydrates (i.e. sweets, soft drinks, breads and pastas)Try it temporarily.  3 weeks maybe?  You’ll feel much lighter, healthier and skinnier!  In reality, it’s not like you’re never going to eat bread or pasta again, but you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel when these highly processed items are minimized.

If You’re Really Serious. . .
All the above points are nice.  They can easily be slipped into your lifestyle as it is.  But for real weight-loss that can guarantee (oh, did I just say that?) the weight to slip off. Here is my secret…you need to make your choices a lifestyle.  Not just a fade that suits when it feels convenient but a way of life.  Continually, consciously making healthy eating choices everyday.  Eating healthy and well can and will become incredibly enjoyable and the mental and physical benefits will astound you.

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    A
    February 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    My problem is that I don’t like the way ‘healthy foods’ taste. They seem so bland!

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      Lizzy
      April 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Try more exotic “healthy food”… Mangoes, passion fruit, … Stir-fry vegetable mixes with vegetables you would never buy on their own. You would be surprised how many different tastes you can discover! (And if they still seem too bland, try adding fresh herbs, they give a nice taste to any type of dish.)

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    white rug
    January 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Magnificent site. A lot of helpful info here.
    I am sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious.
    And obviously, thanks on your sweat!

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      Clare
      January 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks, Wendy for your kind words! Please pass the link on! Don’t forget to subscribe to get email updates (on the right hand side).
      Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by! xx

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    Meredith
    November 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    My advise about carbs, if you have issues cutting try rationing. It works for me without the inevitable crashing into a wall that crash diet cause.

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    fairflowersofpromise
    March 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Brilliant article J 🙂

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