Many women want to be slim. Maybe you’re one of them. Perhaps you’re
getting married soon and you want to fit into your wedding gown
comfortably. Or perhaps you simply want to look (and feel) great in a
swimsuit or bikini. Maybe you've just had a baby and want to get your
pre-pregnancy figure back.
Whatever your reason for wanting to be slim, there are some things you
can do to become slim while staying healthy. If you are reading this
article, chances are you want to know what those things are. Read on
then, to find out.
First thing is to assess your current eating habits. This is important
because you need to know what’s not working. If your current eating
habits are keeping you overweight, and you want to be slim, it figures
that you need to change those eating habits. If something is not
working, change it.
Assessing your current eating habits.
Keep a record of your eating habits for a week. The record should
contain the following information:
What you are eating
How much you’re
When you eat (note
the times) – you want to know how far apart your meals and snacks
Why you’re eating
at those times – is it because you’re hungry, or are you
How you feel after
eating – pleasantly satisfied or bloated and stuffed
How many glasses of
water you drink each day
When you find out your
current eating habits, you’ll need to determine which habits are
sabotaging your efforts to lose weight. Those are the ones you want to
More on that later.
Determine what your weight goal is. Or you may prefer to monitor your
progress in terms of your waistline or hip measurements. Whichever one
suits you is best.
Form a mental picture of yourself looking the way you want to look.
Goals are more powerful and empowering when we visualize them. Hold that
mental picture in your mind at all times.
NOTE: Eating healthily is not all there is to getting slim. You must
become more physically active (read ‘exercise’) in addition to
eating properly if you’re to lose weight permanently. This article
deals with the healthy eating part of that equation.
Now that you know what your ideal size is, you have a goal that you’re
working towards. You need to then determine a plan of action to help you
achieve that goal.
To help you decide on the right plan, bear in mind that eating should be
a pleasure. Ask yourself the following questions:
foods do I enjoy eating ?
How soon after eating
do I get hungry again? Most adults get hungry about 3 to 4 hours
after eating a meal.
Do I eat only when
I’m hungry? Hint: You should. How
can I stay full? Drink lots of water. Scientists recommend between 6
and 8 glasses of water daily.
Your body needs it, and it helps you stay full.
With the answers to those
questions in mind, form an action plan, and start a new daily record to
help you keep track of your progress. This new record should contain the
same columns as your initial current habits record. This way you can
monitor each improvement and celebrate accordingly.
When deciding on which actions to take, you need to refer back to your
initial assessment of your current eating habits. Decide which habits
are preventing you from losing weight. Write down alternative habits
that you want to cultivate, which will help you get slim.
These new habits you want to form are now your ‘targets’ –
milestones on your way to your ideal body shape and size.
To form healthy eating habits, start with small changes.
Don’t make too many changes at once. Set yourself main targets, such
as ‘I will drink 8 glasses of water each day’, then set smaller
targets to help you reach each main target.
Using the example above, a small target could be ‘I will drink an
extra glass of water after each meal’. When you break down your
targets, they don’t seem so daunting. They seem easily achievable, so
you feel encouraged to stick to them.
Decide on the foods you will be eating regularly. Make sure they’re
foods you enjoy.
Eat small portions, about 5 or 6 times each day, instead of three large
meals. This helps keep your metabolic rate high, and helps you lose
How to stay motivated to continue eating
1. Believe that you can do it, and accept responsibility for your health
and for the way your body looks.
2. Reward yourself each time you successfully complete a small target.
Celebrate each small success – don’t wait until you’ve lost tons
of weight before you reward
yourself. Make the journey enjoyable by treating yourself each time you
3. Keep in mind what you hope to achieve – remind yourself of how
lovely and healthy your body is becoming each day as a result of your
new eating habits. Remember, each small step in the right direction is
bringing you closer to your main target.
With a clear goal in mind, a feasible action plan and tips to help you
stay motivated, you should find it easy to form habits that keep you
slim and healthy at the same time.