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How to make sure your New Year diet works

How to make sure your New Year diet works: Dietitian reveals her secrets for weight loss success – and why you MUST stick to it for at least two weeks

  • Susie Burrell said you must stick to a new diet for at least two weeks  
  • If you don’t, your body won’t have time to successfully burn extra body fat 
  • She said eating well for a few days then going out for wine will do nothing 
  • She suggests cutting milk from coffee and keeping dinner under 300 calories

Over the past two weeks, thousands of well-intentioned people have kicked off their strict diet and fitness regimes – but unfortunately, far more will fail than succeed. 

So to help change this trend, Australian dietitian Susie Burrell has shared the ‘real’ secret to weight loss success: sticking to whatever regime you pick 100 per cent for at least two to three weeks. 

‘At this time of year there is always plenty of info talking about diets – what is the best diet to follow? Why are diets bad for us? And of course plenty of diets and weight loss aids available for purchase,’ Susie wrote on her blog. 

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Australian dietitian Susie Burrell (pictured) has shared the ‘real’ secret to weight loss success: sticking to whatever regime you pick 100 per cent for at least two to three weeks

What diet changes will lead to weight loss? 

If you do the following every day, you will see results: 

* Skip your morning coffee or get rid of the milk in your coffee

* Only eating in an eight hour period each day, leaving 12-14 hours overnight without food

* Keep your dinner small and light at just 300 calories. 

None of these strategies are strict, nor advocating a diet mentality and are rather sustainable strategies that will support weight control long term. 

 

‘Far less frequently mentioned are the factors that determine whether or not a diet will be successful and it may come as a surprise to hear that it is just one key factor that will determine if literally all diets will work – how consistently you follow that diet.’

Susie said that a typical New Year diet scenario will see people consume ‘large volumes of healthy food’ adopt at least ‘two to three days of low calorie, healthy eating’.

If this is continued for a week or two, they will likely see  a couple of kilos lost on the scales.

But, she said, this is rarely the case. 

‘Rather a day or two of strict dieting is followed with a meal enjoyed out with friends, along with a few glasses of wine,’ Susie said.

‘Then a resolution to instantly correct this with a day of fasting but of course this does not evolve because life gets in the way and you end up eating a few chocolate biscuits, and blow out your calories the next weekend before again resolving to get back on track the next Monday.’

Susie said it’s critical to stick to a diet properly to see sustainable weight loss so advises sticking to dietary changes/diets consistently for two to three weeks. 

‘Here your body will have the time it takes to successfully burn extra body fat and you will help to avoid the dreaded diet cycle that plagues so many of our lives each and every Monday,’ she said.

Susie urges people to avoid day or two of strict dieting followed by a meal enjoyed out with friends, along with a few glasses of wine

Susie also shared a list of consistent changes that are known for sustainable weight loss, including skipping your morning coffee or getting rid of the milk in your morning coffee. 

She also suggested only eating in an eight hour period each day, leaving 12-14 hours overnight without food and keeping your dinner small and light at just 300 calories.

‘None of these strategies are strict, nor advocating a diet mentality rather sustainable strategies that will support weight control long term,’ she said. 

Susie suggested only eating in an eight hour period each day, leaving 12-14 hours overnight without food and keeping your dinner small and light at just 300 calories

Do fad diets actually work?

* While your Instagram feed may be flooded with New Year diets promising to melt away holiday kilograms, the Heart Foundation reminded people to steer clear of them and focus on healthier options in the aftermath of the festive season.

* Heart Foundation Director of Health Strategy Julie Anne Mitchell said diets promoting unrealistic weight loss are a disaster for your health. 

* ‘The latest diet trends are on everyone’s lips each January, but we don’t recommend “quick fix” fad diets or cutting out whole food groups, as we need a variety of foods each day to maintain good health, manage our weight and reduce our risks for chronic diseases,’ she said. 

* ‘Instead, we’re encouraging people to make small changes for a healthier lifestyle and think nutritious and delicious by filling up on plenty of colourful fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, a variety of healthy proteins and fats, with smaller amounts of animal-based foods.

* ‘Looking at the whole plate is also important. Eggs served with spinach, mushrooms and wholegrain bread, for example, will be a better choice than eggs with bacon and white bread.’

* The Heart Foundation recommend we add just one more serving of vegetables into our diet per day, which has heart health benefits as well as others. 

Source: The Heart Foundation 

Steer clear of: 

* Cabbage soup diet

* Israeli army diet

* Lemon detox diet 

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