The truth is, I'd rather be with my horses than with most people. I'd rather scrub buckets than scrub dishes. I'd rather go to a tack shop than go to a shopping mall. I'd Rather clean a stall than clean my house, and I much prefer horse sh** to BULLSH**..
Well done so far to all of you taking part in this
My husband decided to lose weight and went from 16st 9lbs to about 12st in 9 months, and he looks great. He signed up to our local WeightWatchers group and he found the weekly meetings very informative and a place to share ideas and support, especially as willpower is definitely needed for success. He didn't think of it as a diet though, but a lifestyle change. It's not so much about eating less food, but about eating the right food. And to really find out about what you're eating. A lot of things that he always thought were good for him turned out to be not nearly as good as you'd think.
Other tips he found helpful are:
Don't cut out treats completely, or there might be a temptation to binge on them if you do have them again. Just reduce them to an occasional treat.
Make it fun! Experiment with new foods and cook as much of it as you can from scratch using as much fresh ingredients as possible. Tim went from not being able to cook much at all to knocking up lovely meals every day. Lucky old me!
Don't skip breakfast! It's counterproductive.
Don't get disheartened if you do put on a bit of weight one week. There are many reasons for it and some are not of your doing. It's also helpful to weight yourself at the same time each week and don't be tempted to weigh yourself more than once a week.
Tell your friends, family and work colleagues that you are trying to lose weight and ask them to help you by not offering you chocolate and naughty stuff all the time, not eating stuff like that around you regularly, or just by offering support. Some people may laugh or not be very supportive at first but don't let that put you off. Use it as motivation and they'll soon change their tune as they start to see the results.
Simple things like switching to skimmed milk or having sweeteners instead of sugar in hot drinks are a great start, and there are loads of simple swaps that can be done with each meal.
Keep going. You may need to get creative or adapt things, but that's where the IH mindset will help