New study reveals 4 weight loss hacks from 6,000 people who have lost weight!

When it comes to losing weight there are four important weight loss hacks, claim researchers.

A new study, published in the Journal Obesity, looked at 6,000 people who have lost weight and kept it off to find out exactly how they did it.

Interestingly, all of these tips are what we incorporate and promote in our 28 Weight Loss Challenge!

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FOUR major tips from 6,000 people who have lost weight

The participants taking part in this study were mainly white women, aged on average around 53 years old and the majority of them had lost around 24.3kg and kept it off for more than three years.

1. It takes time

Crash diets don’t work! All of the participants who took part in the study found that having an approach that losing weight is a ‘marathon and not a sprint’ were able to lose weight and keep it off.

“You have to measure your success based on your long-term goal. You will have times where you are successful and times where you are not,” said one participant in the study papers.

2. Pick yourself up when fall off the wagon

First thing to do when life has thrown its curveballs at you is to just get back on the wagon. Don’t dwell on the unhealthy food choices you may have made or how many days of exercise you’ve missed.

Lead researcher Dr Suzanne Phelan told Eat This Not That it was important for long-term success for participants to have a long-term view and to persist.

“Long-term weight loss is a journey with highs and lows. You may gain weight during the journey,” said one participants in the study. “There is no shame in failing to meet your goal. We only truly fail, if we stop trying.”

Another added, “There will be peaks and valleys, plateaus, gains, holidays, bad times but just get up and do what works 80 to 90 per cent of the time and you will get there. Do not stop.”

3. Track your food intake

Track what you are eating – just like what we do on the 28 Weight Loss Challenge Healthy Mummy app.

In fact,  almost every participant who said tracking had become a daily habit, even once they’d reached their goal weight.

It seems keeping track of calories and exercise can help highlight where you are going wrong and right when it comes to losing weight.

4. Celebrate how far you’ve come

This mum proves that progress should always be celebrated

It helped when participants celebrated their wins and also reminded themselves of how difficult it had been for them to lose weight.

“It was a lot of work to get to my current weight. and if I gain it back, I’ll have to start all over again,” said one.

“It’s harder being overweight than it is to work at a healthy lifestyle.”

Join us on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge TODAY

Want to shift your baby weight but feel like you have NO TIME in your day to exercise and eat healthily? That’s where the Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge can help.

Our Challenge entails: 

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels.
  • Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes.

To find out more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click here.

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