TIPS FOR STAYING ON TRACK
Starting a weight loss plan is always the first step, but sticking to it is usually the hardest part. We've put together some top tips to keep you motivated and on track to reach your goals.
“It’s a marathon not a sprint”
This is our first and probably most important tip when following the Slender Plan. Weight loss is not a quick process and it is important to remember this, particularly if you do not achieve your desired results instantly. Do not be disheartened and make sure you continue to adhere to the plan, focus your energy on reaching your goals, and you WILL get there!
Goals are important as they help you to work towards something in particular. Many people fail due to not having a goal or target in mind so it is extremely important to set goals that are realistic and feasible. We’ve all heard of SMART goals. Making sure you set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely goals sets you on the path to success. Setting goals whilst following any weight loss plan is integral to keeping you on track as it also boosts motivation and determination.
Do not underestimate the power of sleep!
Getting enough sleep is extremely important, especially when following a weight loss plan. The two key hormones that control hunger are known as leptin and ghrelin. Increased production of leptin helps us to feel more full and increases satiety, whereas increased secretion of ghrelin stimulates hunger and reduces metabolism. The science shows that sleeping less than six hours depresses leptin and stimulates ghrelin production. The recommended sleep range for adults is 7-9 hours of sleep, thus we recommend sticking to this whilst following the Slender Plan.
This has been drummed into our heads for years but yet many of us still do not drink enough water! Water consumption is not only important for general health and wellbeing, but it can also help to augment weight loss results. Drinking water, particularly before meals, has been shown to satisfy hunger. We recommend drinking 2-3 litres of water per day whilst following the Slender Plan.
Don't skip meals!
In theory, skipping meals sounds like a great idea and an easy shortcut for weight loss, WRONG! This may help with short-term weight loss, however the science actually shows that skipping meals can increase weight and fat mass in the long-term. Constantly skipping meals can lead your body to creep into “starvation mode”. Whilst in this condition, your body will react by slowing metabolism and storing calories it would usually burn, often leading to weight gain instead of weight loss.