Before and After Weight Loss: Looking After Your Body Pre and Post Diet

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It’s the start of a New Year, and you’re ready to start that diet… Well done to you! Finding the resolve to commence a healthy eating plan can be difficult, but you’ve already achieved a lot by reaching the stage where you’re ready to begin.

the main thing is to maintain your weight and stop yourself from sliding back into bad eating habits!

Before beginning to diet, preparing your body for the task is essential. However, developing a regime of caring for your body after the diet and ensuring that all your hard work is well maintained is also vital. Here is a helpful guide outlining how to get your body ready for weight loss and keep your achievements afterwards!

Before Weight Loss – Preparing Your Body for Diet

Whatever diet you choose to undertake to get rid of the excess weight, it’s essential to ensure that you’re physically (and mentally) fighting fit and ready to give it your all. Here are a few great tips to help get your body prepared for dieting.

  1. Start an exercise regime – as you probably already know, exercise is just as crucial as diet regarding effective weight loss. So if you feel daunted by the prospect of sweaty aerobics classes and marathon runs, don’t worry; even walking to work still counts as exercise and can help strengthen and tone your body.
  2. Improve your health – winter is notoriously bad for catching illnesses, which can be detrimental to successful weight loss. Protect yourself against poor health by looking after your body as much as possible. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables (particularly those rich in antioxidants, such as onions, kidney beans, cherries and berries of all varieties) and enhance your health with supplements.
  3. Detox – the best gift you can give to your body is a thorough cleanse! Before embarking on a diet, aim to spend a few days detoxing to flush your system of toxins. Lemongrass tea is particularly effective at cleansing the system.

After Weight Loss – Preserving the Results

After your diet, you’re likely to be feeling fantastic. After all, you can now see the results of your hard work and rediscover your confidence when you look in the mirror.

The main thing is to maintain your weight and stop sliding back into bad eating habits! Here are a few tips to help you along the way.

  1. Keep your diet varied – boredom is one of the significant pitfalls after dieting. If you fall into the trap of eating the same things, day in, and day out, it’s time to inject a bit of variety into your eating. Invest in new recipe books and rediscover your enthusiasm for healthy meals!
  2. Join a sports team – now that you’ve got the figure you want, there’s no excuse not to get involved in a local sports team or participate in a fun aerobics class! Exercise isn’t just for losing weight. It’s also integral to staying healthy and fit, not to mention having fun and making new friends.
  3. Create goals…and stick to them! – If you’re worried about the weight piling back on, set realistic goals and stick to them. For example, if you know your weakness is chocolate, limit how much you’re allowed for the week, and indulge your sweet tooth in something healthier instead. Likewise, if you’re fond of a drink or two each night, set yourself the goal of only drinking on certain evenings.

Staying Positive and Celebrating Achievement

Above all else, remember that you’ve achieved a lot by dieting and should feel proud of your success. It’s time to see your body as something to be cared for and to take pride in ensuring that it’s looked after as well as possible.

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