I didn’t start the weight loss transformation a total novice. I’d been into health and fitness for three years.

But I wanted to do a weight loss transformation to push my own limits, get real results and prove to myself I could do it, too.

My personal trainer was  a health coach and celebrity personal trainer at London gym No1 Fitness – which he co-founded. Whilst he taught me a lot along the way, I learnt a lot about myself through the process.

Looking back, these are the most priceless lessons I learnt throughout my weight loss transformation:

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16 weight loss tips I learnt

1. There is no ‘secret’ other than commitment

Honestly. People could spend their entire lives asking, ‘why can’t I be healthier/fitter?’ If anything, I have learnt that it all comes down to how committed you are. If you can do the right things every day for a long period of time you will see results. There’s no real secret other than that. And it really is that simple.

2. There is no right or wrong way to do it

When I told a nutritionist in conversation that I was fasting till every day, she gave me a concerned frown. It wouldn’t be her choice of method to help me lose weight, and for a second, I worried I was doing it ‘wrong’. But there is no right or wrong way. When it comes to fitness and weight loss, every PT, Instagram star or nutritionist will have their own opinions on what is the ‘best’ way. There isn’t one – it simply comes down to personal preference and what works for you.

3. Exercise needs to be enjoyable

There is so much choice of exercise – swimming, boxing, running, cycling, and lifting to name a few. The best advice I ever heard was, ‘find something you enjoy and stick to it’. I like the feeling of lifting weights in circuits. It makes me feel strong and I like the mental challenge of getting myself through one more rep. Anything that gets you moving more and burning calories is going to work, so long as you can turn up and get it done regularly.

4. Exercise is the easiest part

Sometimes it can feel like my heart is going to fall into my stomach and my legs are going to collapse. But once I’ve had my shower and grabbed a coffee, I’ve completely forgotten what I’ve just done and the day is ahead of me. The workout is over and only required a maximum of 60 minutes from my 960 minute day. If you want the truth – the diet was the hardest. 960 minutes of my day are spent thinking about food I couldn’t eat and that was torture. (Okay, exaggeration. But there is a lot more energy needed in willpower than