Why is it that some people succeed in losing weight and keeping it off while others struggle?  Why do some approaches work better than others? There have been many scientific studies looking at these questions (we know, we’ve read them).

There are 8 factors that make people more likely to succeed. The more of the 8 you have, the better your chances of long term success. To help you, we have designed many aspects of Ways of Eating to make the best of all 8 factors. Here they are:

1. Habits

Relying on willpower doesn’t work. You need to replace some unhealthy habits with healthier ones. The trick is to focus on just a few bad habits, and to make the new healthy habits easy or, even better, fun. If you can change some habits and make it stick, success will follow.

2. Food

Buying healthier food, getting back in the kitchen and learning some lovely easy recipes, not letting the bad stuff into your house, learning how to eat out in a healthy way. The better you are at these things, the more likely you are to succeed.

3. Body

People are more successful if they focus on their body not just their eating.  Adapt your lifestyle so you get enough sleep. Become more active. Even gentle exercise like walking makes a huge difference.

4. Mind

It is easy to get knocked off course by stress, changes in your life, feeling low or bored.

Learning strategies to deal with these very common challenges can make the difference between success and failure.

5. Learning

Investing time in really learning about nutrition, food, habits and techniques pays off. The better you understand, the more likely you are to succeed.

6. Progress

People are more likely to succeed when they set long-term goals and measure their progress. It’s best to have broader goals than just weight: for example, ‘I want to be able to run with the kids without getting breathless’.

7. Groups

Studies show that people are more likely to succeed if they lose weight and change their habits with a friend, or a group of peers who are on the same journey.

8. Leadership

People are more successful if they get guidance and support from a professional. You get expertise, motivation, support, and accountability. In Ways of Eating, our coaches will give you the support you need to succeed.