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Losing weight is hard work, but once you've achieved your goal, what then? We talk to Linda Penney one year on after losing almost 4 stone with Nutracheck about her experience of keeping the weight off.
Well, it's over one year on since you reached your goal - in what ways has losing the weight affected your life?
Losing weight has given me a new found inner confidence - something I have not had for years. Being asked to do magazine photo shoots to celebrate this weight loss was the icing on the cake; it was the final kick I needed to lose the remaining weight and to feel positive about my appearance for the first time in years. I feel really sexy in most things I wear - not just when dressed up to go out. Purchasing my size 8/10 jeans was one of the most memorable days of my life to date!
How easy have you found it to maintain your new weight?
Some days are tougher than ever - but I think we are all made to allow for fluctuation! Generally though I have been amazed how easy it has been to keep the weight off.
The secret is continuing to control portion size, keep an eye on the pedometer and to carefully watch the lovely comfort foods I crave in this cold weather! I don't have the time or finance to join a gym or exercise club, so my pedometer is key. On an average working day I only manage to clock up about 3500 steps, compared to 8500+ steps on average at weekends or holidays; I tend to eat to match this output!
Have there been any really tricky times and how did you deal with them?
At certain times of the month I crave chocolate in huge amounts. Generally, I love chocolate. I tend to eat the high cocoa chocolates that aren't as morish and if I really do have a chocolate binge, I type it all into my Nutracheck diary and that hits home .. Making me behave for the next few days at least!
What advice would you give to someone who manages to lose weight, but then struggles to keep it off?
Did you know In a recent survey of 274 Nutracheck Members 2 in 3 people found our food diary approach more successful than their previous weight loss attempts!!