Weight loss should last a lifetime, not a series.

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Reality weight loss TV programs are giving people a false expectation about weight loss in real life according to Annette Sym, Australia’s best-selling low-fat cookbook author.
“There is no doubt reality weight loss programs such as the Biggest Loser serve as a good form of entertainment, but I don’t believe they should be considered a realistic way to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle”, Annette, who lost more than 35kg and has maintained a healthy weight for more than 16 years, said.
Annette said people enjoy reality television because it offered an escape – an opportunity to sit in front of the telly and do absolutely nothing after a long day.
“But when the show is over and the next program has begun, nothing has changed in our own lives,” she said.
Annette said while TV could portray significant weight loss and apparent changes in lifestyle, the reality of weight loss was very different to what people see on tv.
“It is not just about a half hour or one hour a day but involves a lifetime commitment to good choices, as well as perseverance.
Annette, who has sold more than 2.5 million cook books said weight loss was achieved through healthy menu planning, regular exercise and setting realistic personal weight loss goals over a reasonable period of time.
“It is helpful to organise weekly menu plans and shop to a list – what you put into your trolley reflects the food choices you make for you and your family, and if you don’t buy and keep junk food in the house it reduces the chances of eating it,” she said.
Annette said that one of the most important steps to weight loss was having a positive mindset.
“Only you can control what you eat, how much you exercise and the other decisions you make in your life so change starts with you.
“For the first month, a diary or journal is a great way to keep track of your eating habits and choices, it enables you to recognise the areas that need improvement and helps you get into healthier habits”, she said.
“If you have extra fat on your body, it is the stored fat that is not being burnt, so exercise is a key ingredient to weight loss. There are however, many cheaper options than the gym, for example, walking groups, swimming, bike riding with the kids, and bushwalking.
“With determination, you will see changes – they may not be as dramatic as reality TV straight away – but with persistence and intention, you will be living a healthier and happier life that is far more satisfying than anything you watch on reality TV shows and longer lasting,” Annette said.
All Annette’s books, her Weight Loss Journal, CD Rom menu planner and Motivational CDs are available from all good newsagencies or from www.symplytoogood.com.au.
All Annette’s books and her Weight Loss Journal, are available from all good newsagencies.  The books and the CD Rom menu planner and Motivational CDs are also available from www.symplytoogood.com.au.
On the Symply Too Good website you can also get more great low-fat cooking tips and see Annette cooking some of her fabulous recipes.

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