Examine your diet – sometimes there are easy ways to start cutting calories. I was aware that a lot of my extra calories came from ‘convenience’ snacks, so I started planning ahead for healthier options like vegetable sticks instead of chips. Use a wide variety of fresh foods – mixing it up keeps things interesting. Serve yourself a smaller portion at meal times and eat slowly – you can always go back for seconds if you feel like you want more once you’re done, but you might surprise yourself and find you’re satisfied after all. Plan your meals ahead of time and be prepared – I found that it’s when I’m not organised with my menu plan and groceries that I went for the pile of take-away menus with far less healthy options!
Look for a product that motivates you. If you’re eating less, then you want what you do eat to taste good! The FatBlaster coconut detox drink tastes delicious, and was really helpful for my fasting days on the 5:2 diet. Also, the meal replacement shakes tasted great and were so convenient … and convenience counts for a lot when you’re always busy! I was also very encouraged by the FatBlaster team and thankful for their support and feedback to keep going. The iWill community also helped provide inspiration and encouragement – something I wouldn’t have had if I’d tried going it alone.
You don’t need to sign up to a gym – you can include exercise as part of your daily routine. I found things like walking a few bus stops before getting on the bus, or walking to the shops instead of driving helped me include exercise in my busy days. On holidays, build exercise into your itinerary, like looking for some sight-seeing walks to do in the area, or using the opportunity to try a new sport such as paddle-boarding. But most of all, just START.