Rosemary's Blog - 22nd October 2018

Use that dream dress as your goal and visualise yourself looking fabulous in time for the festivities.

Use that dream dress as your goal and visualise yourself looking fabulous in time for the festivities.

Deciding to go on a diet to lose weight simply because ‘we know we should’ is not usually sufficient motivation to spur us into action. We need to have a real goal. A forthcoming wedding works wonders, or a holiday or another notable event. If we have something significant in the diary where we really want to look our best it will inspire us to find the willpower to say ‘no’ to unwanted treats and to shed our unwanted pounds. Christmas also provides motivation as we all want to look our best in our ‘little black dress’!

The festivities will be here sooner than you think and if you get cracking with your diet and fitness programme now, you’ll have enough time to make a massive difference to how you look and feel at the significant event you are looking forward to. If you are participating in our latest weight-loss Challenge, then keep focused and reap the rewards of lost lbs and inches!

Here are my top 10 tips to get you honed and toned for that special occasion:

1) Find the perfect little black dress that you plan to wear at this year’s Christmas party. Visit the shop where it’s stocked, touch the fabric, feel it – try it on if you want. Or maybe you have one already in your wardrobe but you’ve not been able to wear it for a couple of years. Don’t worry that you don’t look great in it yet. By mid December you can, but in the meantime use that dream dress as your motivation and visualise yourself looking fabulous in it.

2) Decide on an action plan to lose your weight. Here at Rosemary Online our members have a vast selection of eating plans and recipes from which to choose and all it needs from you is commitment. Make that decision today and just do it!

3) Count your steps. Whether you have an app on your smart phone, a pedometer or a smart watch, start taking note of how many steps you are doing. If you’re not making your 10,000 an a particular day,  run or march on the spot, go up and down stairs a few times. It all adds up and makes a real difference. Being conscious of your step-count will encourage you to move around more – and that means you will burn more calories and lose more weight.

4) Clear your fridge and store cupboard of any high-fat foods that are likely to tempt you. If you are serious about losing weight, you need to get rid of temptation. 

5) Cut back on alcohol. If you are a regular alcohol drinker, you probably need to cut back a bit. Try cutting back by 20% to make a difference or try limiting alcoholic drinks to weekends only, or pace yourself by having just one glass each evening if you have the willpower to control it. Alcohol provides ‘silent’ calories. What I mean by that is that drinking doesn’t seem like ‘food’ we so easily kid ourselves that the calories don’t count – but they do! 

6) Get active. Plan some activity – ideally with a friend or family member. Going for a walk, aerobic exercise, dancing, jogging, swimming and playing sports are all great fat- and calorie-burners and we are much more likely to do them if we have a prior arrangement with an exercise buddy. I know I’ve said it before but exercise is like investing in a super-saver bank account that pays double dividends. It burns calories and makes us less likely to be a fat storer. Exercising will make a massive difference to your rate of weight loss, so it really is worth the effort.

7) Keep an eye on your portion sizes. It is easy to underestimate how much we eat and that’s why we created the Rosemary Conley Portion Pots®. They are inexpensive and you can buy them from our online shop. They are highly effective and very educational. Get into the habit of using them, and they will revolutionise your eating habits and help you to lose weight faster.

8) Put extra vigour into your housework, car cleaning, gardening and other maintenance jobs. See them as fat-burning opportunities – and try to enjoy them!

9) Stop snacking! Your excess weight has likely come from eating extra snacks, and if you are trying to lose weight and progress is slow, it is probably because of those seemingly insignificant ‘little extras’ so cutting out high-fat snacks between meals is the first step for anyone trying to lose weight. Of course, we get peckish between meals, particularly on a calorie-controlled, weight-reducing plan, but that’s great. If we feel hungry that means we are drawing on our fat stores for fuel our body and that means we are losing weight. If you feel desperately hungry try bridging the gap with a ‘power snack’ such as a couple of satsumas or a small pear – anything that has no more than 50 calories. Also you can have low-cal drinks and a cup of tea or coffee to keep you going. Snacking between meals is a habit we need to crack if we want to be slim – not just while we are dieting but also in the long term, or we will just put back the weight we have lost.

10) Check the labels on all the foods you buy. Look at the calories per portion and the number of fat grams per 100 grams of product (% fat).  Choose foods with 5% or less fat, with the exception of some lean meat, dry oats and all oily fish as we should eat one to two portions of oily fish each week for good health. Aim to consume 450ml (3/4 pint) skimmed or semi-skimmed milk each day and include five portions or fruit and/or veg in your diet daily. 

The key to your success is to keep focused on WHY you want to lose weight. Use that ‘little black dress’ image as an incentive – and you really can look slim and gorgeous for the party season!

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