Okay Australia, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee – we, as a nation, are overweight. And as time passes, we are getting fatter and fatter.

“Put another shrimp on the baaahhhby” – I think not!


Results captured over 2014-2015, showed that a shocking 63.4 percent of Australian adults were overweight or obese – over half of the nation’s population. That’s almost two in three adults.

This is an increase from 1995, which was a slimmer 56.3 percent, illustrating that the problem is getting bigger. And what’s more… just over one in every 4 children are now considered obese.


Wherever you are in the world, when it comes to losing weight, your mind is often your biggest enemy, whether it’s talking yourself out of a workout or throwing a tantrum when a slim co-worker grabs yet another handful of the office M&Ms.

So, changing the words you speak to yourself is vital to hitting your goals.

Try these solutions

Destructive thought: “I shouldn’t deprive myself.”

How many times has this thought crossed your mind as you’re considering dessert or staring down at the bread basket?

Change it: Ask yourself two questions.

1: Am I depriving myself of a necessity?

2: If I don’t change my eating habits, what am I really depriving myself of?

The answer: A healthier, happier, slimmer life. An 80/20 healthy eating plan means you can still have your cake AND eat it… AND drop the FAT.

Destructive thought: “I’ll start tomorrow.”

Whether it’s said about cleaning up our eating or getting back to our workouts – we all know what usually happens: “tomorrow” never comes.

Change it: The moment you think “I’ll start tomorrow,” ask yourself what little step forward you can make RIGHT NOW. Can you tweak your lunch, or refill your water glass before you type another email?

Destructive thought: “I don’t have the time.”

Your days aren’t ever going to get longer. You have to juggle and make the time for yourself.

Change it: Instead of telling yourself, “I don’t have time,” say, “I choose not to exercise today. Instead, I’m choosing to watch TV, or to stay late at work”. It reminds you that you do have control over your day and what happens within those 24 hours. If you’re skipping a workout, that’s OK, but do it because you choose to.

Destructive thought: “No one else has to work as hard as I do.”

We all indulge our inner drama queen from time to time, but let’s get real: Yes, there are people out there who have it harder than you.

Change it: Replace the negative mantra with something positive, like, “I’m determined to succeed,” and watch how quickly things change.

Destructive thought: “I just have a slow metabolism.”

Some people are genetically predisposed to being overweight, but most reasons lead back to your own habits.

Change it: Instead of placing the blame on something you can’t control, replace that power-robbing thought with the truth: “I have the power to change my health and fitness.”

Destructive thought: “I’ll just have a few bites.”

How many times have we all told ourselves that lie, only to wind up scraping the bottom of the ice cream tub?

Change it: Be honest with yourself. If you’re going to indulge, make the choice to enjoy every single bite, and then move on to healthier foods at your next meal.

Destructive thought: “I worked out today, I deserve this treat.”

Your reward should be the healthier life you’re working toward—not a piece of chocolate cake. Eating after a workout should only be about refuelling your body.

Change it: Instead of drooling over a sweet treat, stay focused on your goal and think, “I worked out today, I feel great. Why ruin it?” and simply refuel with a healthier option.

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