As many of you will know, I do not advocate women dragging tyres around ovals for weight loss.

Weight loss is much more subtle than that.

In fact it really is a combination of you getting a few things right simultaneously.

Her are my top 5!

5 Essentials for Weight Loss

1. Have a plan

You may have heard of the saying “People don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan”and while it’s a bit cliche, it is true. I am a huge advocate of knowing what you want to change. Do you want to look better, or feel better, or both. Getting a clear image in your head is critical to success in weight loss.

Try to imagine your new wardrobe, activities you will be able to do that you can’t currently do and other elements that will change. Once you are clear on this, map out a plan. Eg, over the next 12 weeks, I plan to exercise every day, eat 2 salads and only drink on weekend. Etc.

2. Have balanced hormones

If you are female you will know this is MUCH harder than one would think. Finding hormone balance as a modern woman is tricky and needs knowledge.

Unfortunately the stuff they taught us at schools (if you did do biology) is not really useful as an adult. How to handle heavy periods, endometriosis, monthly cycles and PMS were never topics of discussion for us in high school and that is where most of us finished our sex and hormone education.

I have many you tube clips (just search here) and many blogs on hormones and how to balance them as it’s an area I am very passionate about.

If you would like to come and see me as a client, I can help you understand your hormones and balance them if needed (85% of women have a hormone imbalance so you could be one).

To find out more about seeing me as a client click here.

3. Have healthy eating plan

We gain weight through food faux pas for a range of reasons. Over eating, stress eating, poor choices and intolerances are some.

I find dropping gluten, dropping dairy for many leads to a big improvement.

Aiming to eat 2-3 cups of salad greens a day also helps alkalise your body and lose weight.

Eating proteins (meats, nuts, seeds, or pulses) with each meal helps balance your blood sugar and weight.

4. Do daily activity

It fascinates me that people want a formulae for the right amount of exercise per week.

Honestly I think you are better to strive to do at least 45 minutes every single day. More is great -60-75 mins but minimum 45 minutes. Then if something pops up (sick child, travel, work commitment) dropping one day won’t impact too much on your overall efforts.

It’s our commitment to daily activities that leads to results.

5. Make yourself accountable to someone

Being accountable means discipline and action. Often when people are left to their own devices they go ok for the first week but then start taking short cuts. Before you know it they are off the track and back to old ways. If you are serious about weight loss find someone to coach you through it. Once you achieve weight loss you may want to stay in touch with a health care provider (or coach) 1-2 times a year as maintenance. This is how you can make yourself accountable to me! (I would love to have you on board).