Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) - Healthy Weight


Chalk board listing SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely) GoalsWhatever your healthy weight goal, there are tried and tested ways to help you get there.

Ignore the promises of rapid change – make a plan, know what works for eating and drinking, what works for being physically active and be realistic. If you want to lose weight, sometimes it may seem slow progress. But by taking things slowly, you’re more likely to keep the weight off in the long run.

Think about what is important to you. Maybe you want to drop a dress size in three months. Perhaps you want to be able to kick a ball with the grandkids next month. Each short-term success will give you greater confidence and motivation to keep going. Even losing small amounts of weight can make you feel better, physically and emotionally.

Start small and do things that don’t make you feel you’re missing out. So try swapping a few old habits with new ones. Eat a couple of squares of your favourite chocolate rather than half a block of whatever’s in the cupboard. Get off the bus one stop earlier than normal and walk.

Then set some bigger goals: to drink alcohol only once a week; to aim for a particular physical challenge, such as going on a charity walk. As you continue your journey, your goals might start to get even bigger, for example staying the same weight for the next six months. Keep in mind that to achieve your goals you’ll have to make changes. The bigger your goals, the more changes you may need to make.

Keep a record of what you’re doing. Every day, you may want to write down what you have eaten and how much physical activity you have done. Weigh yourself every one or two weeks:1 this will give you a better sense of what works for you and will help stop you from falling back into unhealthy habits.

The Healthy Weight Guide has some resources that can help you set, record and update your goals.  Access the goal setting form to set your goals and plan how you will achieve them. You can also use the meal and physical activity planners to help you.

If you register with the Healthy Weight Guide website you can use the interactive goal setting form and meal and physical activity planners to enter information, make updates and keep a record online of your achievements.


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Registering gives you access to tools that will help you to...


Record your goals and plans


Monitor your progress


Celebrate your achievements