Tips for diet success You’ve been following this advice for almost 10 weeks, and it won’t always have been easy. Here are a few tips to keep you motivated. ‘Help – I’ve blown it’ Fix: Expect setbacks It’s to be expected that you give in to temptation once in a while, but don’t let that become an excuse to give up on trying to lose weight. So, if you had a slice of chocolate fudge cake at work today, pick yourself up, put it behind you, move on and get back on the wagon straight away. ‘Help – I still get hunger pangs’ Fix: Fill up on fibre There is no need to feel hungry when trying to lose weight. Check that you’re sticking to your daily calorie limit. Don’t be tempted to consume less than that. Fill up on low-calorie fibre-rich foods as much as you can. They’re best for staving off hunger pangs and helping you ßfeel full. ‘Help – I don’t think I can carry on’ Fix: Reward yourself. Adopting healthier habits can sometimes feel like hard work. Try setting yourself a series of mini-goals as you progress through your weight loss journey. A mini-goal can be whatever you want it to be. It doesn’t have to be weight-related. Every time you achieve a mini-goal, treat yourself with a non-food reward. ‘Help – I’ve lost weight but not inches’ Fix: Be patient Everyone’s body-fat distribution is different, so the inches come off a little differently too. Initially, you may lose weight without losing inches. Be patient, and the inches will drop off in time. You’ll soon notice your clothes getting looser and your body looking slimmer. ‘Help – I’ve stopped losing weight’ Fix: Try something new to kickstart weight loss Perhaps you’ve been losing weight nicely but for the last week or so, the scales have stayed the same. It’s the dreaded weight loss plateau. Don’t worry, this is normal. Check that you’re sticking to your calorie limit. Are you forgetting to count a snack here or there, or overdoing your portion sizes? Also, it can really help to kickstart things by doing a little more exercise, or to try a different type that challenges your body in new ways.