Who better to learn from than those people who have lost weight and most importantly- kept it off. Here are five women who have done just that and today, they have kindly shared their top tips for staying in control.

How have they stayed so slim?

How have they stayed so slim?

Helen Coe, 29 – Lost 5.5 stone training at Everyone Active Aqua Vale Swimming & Fitness Centre

  1. Find an activity that you love to keep you motivated to staying healthy. I absolutely love dancing and Pilates and try to never miss a class.
  2. Continue to weigh/measure yourself once at your target weight so you can take action if weight starts to creep back on. Not every day, but at regular intervals.
  3. Have new goals that will continue to motivate you to reach for the next challenge. I'm currently working towards running a 5km!
  4. Don't just think once you've hit your goal, that you can just go back to your old ways – keep focused on your new healthy habits.
  5. Make fitness and healthy living a part of your day-to-day life.

Shaheen Pratten, 44 – Lost 10 stone at Everyone Active Central Park Leisure Centre

  1. Remain consistent with the food you eat, don’t let too many treats sneak back in!
  2. Keep being active, don’t think that you can stop exercising having reached your goal weight.
  3. Now that you have more confidence in the gym, look into weights and strength training. This will help to tone up your body, and continue to improve your fitness.

Jenny Kaur: Lost 5 stone training at Everyone Active Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre

1. Keep a food diary to monitor a) what you're eating b) how much you're eating c) the times you're eating

2. Break down what you want to achieve in to smaller milestones. Smaller changes turn into big changes over time.

3. Use an app/get a Fitbit or use some sort of technology to monitor how active you are

4. Don’t stop educating yourself about food – nutrition, cookery – and make it enjoyable.

5. Surround yourself with positive people that encourage you to be the best you can be.

Rachel Morgan- Lost over 3 stone training at Everyone Active Fareham Leisure Centre

  1. Don't beat yourself up if you struggle, everyone has tough days.
  2. Don't be afraid to change your goal weight if you can't maintain at the weight you've reached. It doesn't mean you have failed. 
  3. Always remind yourself why you started the journey in the first place. 
  4. If you haven't already built some exercise into your regime (i.e. have lost the weight through diet alone) then try to introduce this gradually, as it will help to keep the weight off and make you feel more energized.
  5. Ultimately, be happy with the person you are. 

Rika Pegasiou- Lost 4 stone training at Everyone Active Harrow Leisure Centre

  1. Plan your meals for the week and write a shopping list. I do home delivery as I then I am less likely to put tempting offers into my basket.
  2. Prepare your meals in advance as much as possible if you have a busy lifestyle. Cooking large batches of quinoa, couscous, and vegetables doesn't take long, then all you need to add is your protein. This means you have healthy food readily available when you get home from work and don’t feel like cooking!
  3. Log your food. Use a free tracking app like My Fitness Pal. It will help you balance your macros better, and see where you need to tweak your menu to reduce fat or increase protein etc. and stay within your recommended calorie allowance.
  4. Work out regularly. I still have a personal trainer even though I lost the weight I wanted to because maintenance can be just as hard as losing it. Plus, you will feel better energy wise and it will help you to sleep well.
  5. Do not keep your old clothes. Get rid of them. You'll be more motivated to lose a few pounds and ease back into your new jeans rather than go up a size and have to dig out your old clothes.


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