How many diets have you tried?

At this time of year there are so many ‘diets’s being promoted in the press; on the TV and across Social Media, it is no wonder that we can all be tempted by the ‘miracle cure’ that looks promising and we think we could do!

If something looks too good to to be true then there is a reason.

It is true to say that any ‘diet’ when you follow it to the letter, will result in you losing weight; the real test is whether you will be able to keep it off.

Many of these ‘diets’ mean you will be either replacing foods with shakes or bars or restricting certain foods such as carbs,  fats, or sugar.

The problem with this type of approach, is that it is really difficult to lead a normal life. In fact you can find yourself spending an enormous amount on food replacements or ready prepared meals and supplements.

Whilst this might be great if you have a small amount of weight to lose and don’t mind changing your lifestyle completely for a short time, it is not the recipe for sustained weight loss.

I know, I have followed in the past things like the Atkins Diet; the Cabbage Soup Diet; the Grapefruit Diet to name but a few.  I know now I could choose the Military Diet; the Peanut Butter Diet; the Oil Diet – just some I have seen in the last few weeks, but I know from experience the only way to lose weight successfully is to change your eating habits for life.

This does not mean anything other than eating a well balanced healthy diet that avoids processed food but enables you to have things you love in sensible portion sizes.

So if you would prefer to eat meals like this

Lamb with White Wine

Great Tasty Food for under 500 calories

rather than meals like this

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then I would love to help you

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Christmas is coming

Yes Christmas is coming and I wondered if you are thinking that you wish you had lost weight this year.  Perhaps promising yourself that in the New Year you really will go on the diet to shift your weight for good.

I know I have been there in previous years regretting that I was still overweight and couldn’t get into clothes I wanted to for the Xmas Party.

Well if this you and you want to make 2017 the year that you beat a weight issue then I would love to speak to you.

I am only writing a short blog this week as I have been away for a few days enjoying a city break.  It was good that I did a lot of walking both sightseeing and shopping in the fabulous city of Oxford as well as attending an Alabama 3 gig which involved a lot of dancing.  Hopefully that will have counteracted the alcohol!

Life doesn’t have to be dull when you are losing weight or keeping it off, everything is just a balance.

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Do you exercise to lose weight?

Some people think that exercising is the answer to weight loss.  It can certainly help but on its own it is not likely to help you lose as much weight as you think.

Looking at some typical exercises did you know that

30 minutes of swimming averages  200 calories

30 minutes of fast walking averages  100 calories

30 minutes of running averages  300 calories

All this depends on your weight and the speed you do, but if you think of the typical calories in some of the snacks you might be having it becomes a very sobering thought. for example

Walkers Ready Salted Crisps are 171 calories

A Mars Bar 260 calories

A Signature Tall Hot Chocolate from Starbucks 393 calories

That doesn’t mean that exercise is a waste of time as it helps to keep you fit, stimulates your metabolism and of course tones you up.  But you can easily undo all the good if you tuck into sugary snacks, drinks and crisps.

Personally I aim to walk at least 10,000 steps a day and add whatever else I can fit in such as swimming and a session at gym at least 3 times a week  (not done so well with the swimming and gym recently because of my broken wrist but aiming to get back to it in the New Year now I am on the mend)

If you want to know more about eating healthily and exercising to lose weight I would love to hear from you.

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How drinking can sabotage your weight

If you like to have a drink of alcohol this is just fine as long as you don’t overdo it but I know it is so easy to be drinking lots of calories without even realising it.

Having a few tricks up your sleeve to help you can be useful and some of them are really obvious

  • have slimline mixers with gin or vodka
  • have soda with white wine to make it go further
  • try a 5:2 approach, 5 days alcohol free 2 days when you have a drink
  • Volunteer to drive friends and family to restaurants/pubs so you can say no
  • don’t drink on an empty stomach
  • avoid salty snacks such as nuts or you will want more to drink

But don’t feel you need to cut out alcohol altogether and when you have a drink enjoy it.  I had 2 delicious glasses of Blackberry and Elderflower Pimms with Schweppes Slimline Lemonade while watching Andy Murray win Wimbledon last week and drank it guilt free!

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with the fresh blackberries!

If you want to know more just contact me at enquires@weight-away.org

Do you love Pizza?

If you love pizza but you want to lose weight you may think that you have to give it up altogether.

This isn’t true and I was really pleased to find that at Prezzo they offer Light Pizzas with salad and a low calorie dressing which make a great meal if you are worried about your weight.

On a recent trip I had the

prezzo tre gusti light pizza

Pepperoni, seasoned chicken, pancetta, rosemary, mozzarella and tomato