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Making positive changes for 2019

As we look forward to a new year, why not let 2019 be a new start for you? Whether you’re at the beginning of your weight loss journey, thinking about re-starting your journey, part-way through and struggling to maintain motivation, or have already achieved your weight-related goals and just wish to be a happier version of ‘you’; it’s not too late (or early) to start. When thinking about making positive changes, it’s really important to focus on making small achievable and realistic changes. Otherwise, you are unlikely to be able to sustain these new changes in the long term. This can then lead to disappointment and trouble feeling motivated again. This article sets out some positive changes you may wish to consider making and some key tips to help you succeed.

Start a new exercise regime

Starting to do some regular exercise is a fantastic way of improving your general health and wellbeing, as well as helping you with your weight loss journey. Think about the sort of exercise you enjoy and whether you want to exercise solo, with a friend, or in a group, as this will influence your choice. There are many different forms of exercise that you could take up from Nordic walking to hula hooping classes to swimming to couch-to-5k – think outside the box! Also, think about when you could realistically fit exercise into your current routine. It would be de-motivating to join the gym and pledge to go several times a week, only to find you don’t really have the time and give up. Starting with twice a week might be a more realistic target. If you’re already active, maybe it’s time to set yourself new targets – either improving on a personal best or entering an event for 2019.

Making Positive Changes for 2019 Take up a new hobby

Taking up a hobby can help improve your mental wellbeing, as well as keep you occupied during times when you may be tempted to go off-plan. If you are feeling socially isolated, taking up a hobby that involves meeting new people can help. There is wealth or different activities you could do from exercise-related hobbies to craft to dance to learning a new instrument. Perhaps there’s something you’ve always wished you could try your hand at – why not make 2019 the year for you?

Make your plan work for you

If you’re already following a Slim & Save plan, have you tried any of the new recipes available on the website recently? There are lots of interesting recipes that our members have created and posted – some involve using the packs in different ways, such as Slim & Save-friendly banoffee cake, waffles and cheesecake. Others are more suited to cooking main meals for those following the Lifestyle plan, or for those on maintenance weeks. You could even post any recipes you’ve created to help support other members. If you’re struggling to keep motivated, have you considered switching plans for a change to keep it interesting? You could also try experimenting with trying new products – we often hear about people who don’t think they’d enjoy a particular pack but try it and actually realise they really like it.

Make better food choices

There’s always room for improvements in our diets. Whether it’s improving the range of vegetables consumed on the lifestyle plan, trying out new products, or making better choices to support weight maintenance. If you’re thinking about trying a Slim & Save plan, why not give it a go? If you’re not sure if you’d like the products, you can always order a sample pack and then go from there. If you’ve not yet started your Slim & Save journey, or are struggling to maintain your weight post plan, making some dietary changes and correcting bad eating habits may help you. Here are our top tips:

  • Watch portion sizes – aim for half your dinner plate to be vegetables, with the other half made up of a quarter protein-rich food (e.g. chicken, meat, beans, fish) and a quarter wholegrain starchy carbohydrate (e.g. wholewheat pasta, brown rice). Using a smaller plate can also help
  • Eat slowly – some studies have found that if you eat slowly, you’re more likely to have a lower body mass index and waist circumference. If you’re still feeling hungry after your meal, wait for about 20 minutes before going for a second helping. It can take a while for your body to recognise it’s feeling full
  • Check food labels – make sure you know what portion the nutrition information on the front of the pack relates to; it might be different to the amount you would usually serve yourself. Make use of the traffic light system which is readily available on most foods – this indicates whether the food is low, medium or high in sugar, fat, saturated fat and salt
  • Watch your drinks intake – alcohol is high in calories (e.g. a large glass of wine has the same number of calories as a Cornetto ice-cream!) so try to watch your intake. It’s surprising how much sugar is added to soft drinks too – squashes, fruit juices and fizzy drinks can all contain lots of sugar
  • Sensible snacking – unhealthy snacks like crisps, chocolate and sweets can quickly rack up your calorie intake and contain little quality nutrition. Try making healthier snack swaps like raw vegetable sticks or oatcakes with reduced fat hummus or cream cheese, fresh fruit or a small handful of unsalted nuts

Other improvements in health and wellbeing

There are a variety of other changes you could consider doing to help support your overall health and wellbeing. Some examples include:

  • Improving sleep quality – getting a good night’s sleep is linked with weight loss. Studies have shown that people who sleep 6-8 hours a night have a greater chance of achieving weight loss goals than those who slept less or more. Although it can be easier said than done to improve your sleep quality, there are various things you could try such as establishing a bedtime routine, avoiding screens / TV before bed, taking a bath, having a mug of warm milk from your dairy allowance
  • Reducing stresses – studies have shown that lower stress levels are associated with greater success at weight loss. Again, reducing stress levels can be easier said than done. Things like re-considering your job or career are more challenging to address, but there are some easy wins when it comes to reducing your stress levels. Think about how you could change your lifestyle to reduce your stress. Some ideas include taking up a relaxing hobby; doing your food shopping online to reduce the rush; planning meals in advance; batch cooking and freezing meals to save time. One of the best ways to reduce stress is by establishing a regular exercise regime
  • Meeting new people – this can help improve your confidence as well as reducing any social isolation you may feel. There are many pain-free options for meeting new people! Ideas include getting involved in a sport or activity club, joining a book club, volunteering, befriending your neighbours or finding a business association

Annemarie Aburrow RD BSc (Hons) PGDipWritten by Annemarie Aburrow RD BSc (Hons) PGDip, Slim & Save Dietitian.

So what small changes will you make in 2019 towards a happier, healthier ‘you’? It may be as simple as clicking the button to purchase your products and re-start your S&S journey. It may be more challenging involving re-evaluating your lifestyle. Either way, it will be worth it in the long run. Good luck!? Share your comments below to be in with a chance of winning a variety bar deal worth £32.99. Our favourite comment will be chosen on Monday 7th January at 4 pm! Be sure to leave your comment below to be in with a chance to win!

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Comments on Making positive changes for 2019
Rifat Khan 08/01/2019 15:23
2019 is my year and I am so happy to have chosen slim and save .. not only are the products amazing and filling but the staff are incredible.. This plan and products and service 10/10
Danielle Esprit 08/01/2019 12:33
im restarting end of Jan! cant wait! i lost two stone last year from 82kg to 69.4 kg... felt great and then didnt follow the refeed or maintenance and just went back to do what put on the weight before! and thinking i wouldnt have to do much! this time i realise keeping the weight off is a constant thing...
Jacqueline Fowler 08/01/2019 11:30
After being diagnosed with fatty liver and borderline diabetes I decided the time was right slowly and surely I lost four stones from April to December 2018. It was hard going at times with being a slow loser. I came off plan for holidays, weddings, birthdays. I took 12 days off for Christmas, gaining 9pounds. I will lose this and a further 4 pounds. I’ve realised over Christmas I need to get into a different mindset of what I eat when I’m off plan. It’s just not the losing weight that’s important it’s the food compulsion behind it that is just as important so once you’ve lost the weight you can maintain. I’m so pleased I’ve started 2019 slimmer, I will get to target by end of January, then I need to focus on keeping there.
Natasha Brennan 08/01/2019 10:39
This year I plan to:
S - Slow down and take some ‘me time’
L - Lose weight (of course)
I - Inspire others to also make small changes
M - Maintain motivation

&

S - Sleep better (or at least go to bed earlier)
A - Acknowledge my triggers
V - Visit America (2 stone smaller)
E - Exercise (by following C25K)
Gina Stephen 08/01/2019 08:24
After losing 4 stone I realise I was trapped in a body that I hated not actually realising I was so big at the start and still away to go to fit in to normal weight s&s has helped me greatly
Maz foster 07/01/2019 21:24
Need to lose 3 stone for the surgeon to put me on the waiting list. With s&s I should be thinner and better by the summer, this is achievable.
Sheryl 07/01/2019 21:08
I have started writing a journal every morning to take the time to write down my thoughts and feelings surrounding food and eating. Aiming to love myself and be kind to myself this year, to shrink those old fat cells!
Deon Tagg 07/01/2019 20:56
Finally getting really into this diet! It's pushed me to make better life choices. I've had to make it work for me as you suggested as im a busy A level student so being organised with my packs has mirrored onto my organisation of college work in general. And i've even started looking into new hobbies like yoga! I genuinely feel like this isnt just dieting its route to a new lifestyle.
Annette Wilding 07/01/2019 20:48
I am restarting my weight loss journey with S&S. I lost 2.5 stone in 2017 but came off plan due to a bereavement and money problems. I am trying again now as my little boy has started school and I want to enjoy our time together at weekends more by being more active with him to stop him falling into the same food habits as I have, so if he sees me eating properly he will copy. It seems to be working as he chose a carrot from the fridge rather than the Xmas treats and cakes we had in there. So hopefully I will lose some weight and be able to play more outside with him. 2019 will be our year of fun.
Debbie Brinkley 07/01/2019 20:35
I have never done this diet before but l am getting ready to start. Soon as l get paid l can't wait to start my journey with you guys.

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