Keys to Success
Planning your Healthy Weight for Life journey

As with any journey, to get to a new destination you need to have a plan. You need to know where you are now, where you want to get to and how you are going to get there. Taking the time to plan a program for yourself is an important first step to long term success.

The Destination

An enormous number of short and long term health benefits can be achieved with just a 5 - 10% weight loss. This is a great realistic starting goal for most people who are carrying extra weight, irrespective of their starting weight.

Once this initial goal is achieved then further longer term goals or weight maintenance or additional weight loss can be set.

The Road Map

For any program to be successful in the long term, it needs to be wholistic in its approach and include the adoption of a number of new healthy habits in relation to:

Healthy Eating - being aware of your energy intake and understanding that making changes to what you eat and drink and how much you eat and drink will help you to achieve a healthy weight. For some tools to assist you in your new healthy eating plan go to the Healthy Eating for Life page.

Physical Activity - recognising that sustainable physical activity habits are achieved by consistently and gradually building up to a level that is realistic and beneficial.  For some hints and tips on how to increase your activity over time go to the Activity for Life page.

Progress Tracking - recording your progress over the course of your program is essential to maintaining motivation and will help you recognise when milestones have been reached. For more information on how to track your progress go to the Measurements and Tracking your Progress page.

Good Habits - making changes to longstanding habits is an on-going process not a one-off event. For more information on the four stages of making change go to the Making Good Habits page.

Healthy Mind - having a positive attitude about your new lifestyle behaviours is essential for the success of any program. For strategies to help you stay on track go to the Healthy Mind page.

Intesive weight loss needed?

More intensive weight management interventions — such as very low-energy diets (e.g. KicStart™ VLCD), may need to be considered as adjuncts to lifestyle approaches, especially when a person has a BMI > 30 kg/m2, or a BMI > 27 kg/m2 with risk factors and/or comorbidities, or has been unsuccessful reducing weight using lifestyle approaches.

Using KicStart™ VLCD as a partial meal replacement strategy in combination with a healthy eating and activity weight management plan is a clinically proven, simple and effective way of boosting your weight loss . It provides you with a short term "kick start" to your weight loss  which helps to boost your motivation, allowing you to give 100% of your attention to learning and practising your new healthy lifestyle skills.

Weight Maintenance Plan

A number of people find the freedom of having a KicStart™ sachet now and again to maintain a healthy weight gives them greater control over their eating plan. A KicStart™ shake for breakfast on rushed and busy mornings, or a shake or soup as a healthier alternative to a takeaway or drive-thru lunch can make the difference between maintaining a healthy weight or seeing your weight creep slowly above the healthy weight range.