Instead of focusing on everything you might be doing wrong, early research suggests channelling your energy towards adding positive habits to your routine is they key to weight loss.
“Far less frequently do we focus on the positive — strategies and techniques that will still yield positive health outcomes minus the feelings of guilt, deprivation and restriction," writes nutritionist Susie Burrell in an article for news.com.au.
In a nutshell, if you want to lose weight and keep it off, the key is to build “positive health habits as opposed to breaking bad ones.”
Positive health habits could include walking, eating more fruit and vegetables and "packing healthy snacks".
Interestingly, a small study published in the journal International Journal of Obesity saw some positive results after participants focused on adding positive habits to their lifestyle.
The study involved 100 obese men and women, who were given advice positive tips on how to lose weight and were monitored over an eight-month period. The results show those who were asked to focus on adding healthy habits lost more weight.
While the average weight loss of 2kg might not seem like a lot to many, Burrell says there is potential in the findings.
“There is much potential in focusing on things you can add into your daily life,” she writes, “such as moving more each day and watching portion sizes without the need to go on strict diet and exercise programs that are rarely sustainable long term.”