Lose weight in 3 months and keep it off

Losing weight can seem a daunting, long, hard road. However simply setting the goal to lose weight in 3 months and keep it off is a great first step.

Weight loss can be as challenging as giving up smoking - you need willpower and drive to succeed, but the benefits are just as great. Here are a few tips on losing weight and keeping it off...

Set a date and set targets

It's not enough to simply think, 'I am going to lose weight'. Most people who do this don't last the distance. It is important to plan your weight loss and set yourself challenging targets.

For example: 'I want to lose half a stone each month'. Weigh yourself at the start of the first month and again at the end of the month. If you don’t reach your target, review your goals. If you exceed your target, think about setting more challenging goals. Altering small targets can ensure that you hit your bigger goals.

Avoid fad diets

Many fad diets promise drastic weight loss in little time. And that can be achieved with many of them. However fad dieting is rarely healthy dieting and some of these programmes can eve be dangerous.

Losing weight safely and sustainably does take time, but is worth every second.

Be more active

This is the biggest factor in determining how much weight you will lose and how much you will keep off. You don't need to spend eight hours a day sweating it out on a treadmill, but you won’t lose much weight sitting on the sofa watching TV.

Some experts believe that physical inactivity is actually more damaging to your body than being overweight, so keeping active is essential for maintaining a healthy body. They key to sustainable weight loss is to balance a healthy diet with a sensible level of exercise.

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