Health Q&A

I decided to lose weight but my plan’s gone off-track early in the year. Help!
Dr Melanie Schlatter
Dr Melanie Schlatter

Q: I decided that I wanted to lose weight – I even told everyone, but I don’t seem to have got any further. I bought a gym membership, but that’s as far as I’ve got. And now I feel as if I’ve really got out of the swing of things. I thought that 2012 would be my year to get into shape but it’s not looking as if this will be the case. Help! Joelle, 32

Dr Melanie Schlatter says: This year has only just begun, so do not fear! The more you think about what you haven’t achieved already; the more you will talk yourself into a complete dead end. So start thinking, talking, and acting as if you are already a person who is making progress in your new lifestyle. And don’t fear the gym! Simply try attending fun sessions or at specific times which will perk you up. Can you go with one of the friends you have told? Or get a trainer to jumpstart you? Start with a few manageable sessions; and focus on the overall results of being fitter, slimmer, and happier - not on the scale. Getting there is half your battle won, and you will definitely feel better for going.

Dr Melanie Schlatter, PhD Consultant Health Psychologist. She unblocks those mental hurdles.

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