Just think about all the different diets people have tried with minimal success. The evidence is in and dieting for weight loss is rarely successful. So our trained ACFED (Australian Centre for Eating Disorders) practitioners have come up with six simple but positive behaviours that may help facilitate weight loss.
- Focus on getting healthy rather than losing weight. This could include adding a 10 minute walk to your daily routine, reducing sugary food intake (including alcohol) and making sure you get sufficient sleep;
- Learn to eat mindfully. Avoid eating in front of the TV or while sitting at your computer as you tend to eat more then you realise when you do this.
- Eat regularly and consider the nutritional value of the food you are eating.
- If you are still hungry after a meal then wait 20 minutes before having seconds.
- Stop negative self-talk. Are the things you say about your body helpful? Do they make you feel better about yourself? If the answer to this question is no, then it is time to stop and reconsider what you are telling yourself.
- Our bodies are amazing. They do a lot of stuff. They get us from A to B, they dance and, for the most part, they heal when they become ill, so celebrate what your body can do at least once a day.
While these behaviours don’t guarantee weight loss they may help to enhance the way you see yourself. If you or someone you know has a problem with eating or a more serious eating disorder, then it might be a good time to recommend they speak with an ACFED trained practitioner. You can find out more about ACFED on their website at www.acfed.com.au.