Happy New Year from Weight Away

So here we are looking forward to the New Year and turning our minds to making resolutions to change things in our life.

Many of these will be about losing weight and often people look for quick solutions to get rid of weight quickly only to find that miracle diets are hard to stick to and if you do lose weight on them you can just as quickly put it back on again.

Trust me I know, I was a serial yo-yo dieter for many years until I finally changed my life by eating heathily to lose 5 stone in 2009-10. But more importantly be able to keep it off and still be at a healthy weight as we go into 2016.

So if your resolution is to lose weight in 2016 why not join me at http://www.weight-away.org and lose weight for life with support and recipes and an eating plan that is tailored personally for you.

If you join before the end of January you can take advantage of a special offer and pay for 3 months in advance and get the 4th month free.  In which time you could lose at least 2 stone but equally could lose up to 3 stone.

Happy Christmas from Weight Away

For all of you who read and comment on my blog I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous and Healthy New Year.

I know that Christmas can be a difficult time for those of you who are trying to lose weight but it isn’t the end of the world if you put on a few pounds and you will be in good company as the majority of people do find their waist bands a bit tighter by the New Year.

The main thing is to get back on track with your healthy eating.  Or you may be thinking of losing weight being your New Year Resolution.

If so, there are exciting offers at Weight Away where I am offering a free months membership if you sign up and pay for 3 months.  You will get your 4th month free and in that time you could lose a minimum of 2 stones but also could lose 3 stone at the rate of 2lbs a week which is the healthy way to lose weight and be able to keep it off.

Equally if you are a new mum looking to shift that baby weight and do this sensibly while still being able to eat with the family there is a 20% discount if your child in under 2 years old.  I can still help if you are still breast feeding.

So if you interested just visit http://www.weight-away.org and use the contact form to register your interest.






How to keep hunger away when busy

At this time of year we are all very busy and often think there is no time for breakfast.

For those of you who like smoothies or have a nutribullet you can probably mix something up very quickly.

But if you are looking for something to make you feel satisfied and full that only takes 5 minutes then traditional porridge is the answer.

A bowl of quaker oats 30 grams with 225mls of skimmed milk served with 4 prunes and a drop of their apple juice comes in at 250 calories and is really filling and quick and easy to make in the microwave.

Just pop the oats and the milk in a bowl and microwave for 4 to 5 mins and serve with the prunes which give just enough sweetness

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This wil keep you going until lunchtime and is great on a cold morning!

What do you need to avoid at Christmas?

So here we are with Christmas just around the corner and already temptation will be everywhere.  Tins of sweets in the office, works parties and even things in the home you have bought early. So how to cope.

There are five things that I used to have regularly at Christmas but that I now do without or have strategies to help me.  If these are your problem areas you might find this helpful

A Terrys Chocolate Orange

I was always given one of these at Christmas but with 45 calories per segment and a whopping 926 calories in a whole one I now leave well alone

Baileys Cream

A really popular drink at Xmas and I love it poured over ice- really yummy, but with a pub measure (and who actually stciks to that) at 150 calories it is not my tipple of choice

Boxes or tins of chocolate and sweets such as Quality Street/Roses/Thorntons

Typically any three sweets or chocolates can be anything from 130-180 calories and seriously can you stop at three.  If the tin is there its easy to just keep having one and where do you stop

Christmas Pudding 

I really love this but I am the only one in my family who does.  A typical portion is 330 calories before you add cream or brandy butter so I now just don’t have it.

Salted Peanuts

At 6 calories a nut and 100 calories for a small handful these are not great if you want to avoid piling on weight.  Plus they make you thirsty so can be a double whammy

So what to do instead.

Get the orange kick from another Christmas favourite, the tangerine, which at only 50 calories a fruit is a great alternative to the Terry’s variety

Pick a tipple which is lower in calories. Mine is a vodka and slimline tonic which at 70 calories you have almost  2 for 1 comparing it to Baileys

Just buy a small box of chocolates, if you do have get them. Put a few in a small sweet dish and when they have gone they have gone.

Find a dessert recipe that has the festive feel such as a mixed fruit compote with some crème fresh as an alternative to Christmas Pudding, much lighter anyway after a Christmas dinner.  There was a suggestion in my blog last week.

And if like me you really think Christmas isn’t Christmas without some nuts then get a small bag of mixed dried fruit and nuts, which are healthier, but remember still high in calories

Finally if there is one thing that you really can’t do without at Christmas then have it but remember Christmas is only one day.