Fed up of Yo-Yo Dieting?

If you are concerned about your weight and have tried many times to ‘diet’ only to put your weight back on, then you are probably in the majority so what is the answer.

The key really is not to keep going on a ‘diet’ that asks you to give up things you love or restricts your calorie intake so much that the minute you stop following the diet the weight just piles back on. Sometimes even heavier than you started!

So what is the answer?

I believe that you really need to change your life style and eating habits in a way that you can sustain forever.

This can mean really understanding what you can live without that perhaps has been making you put on weight, but more importantly learning how to add flavour and interest to the things you are eating so that you really enjoy your food.

This is how I base my weight away plans and they are personal to every client.

I know that by understanding my clients likes and dislikes: understanding their life styles and taking into account their personal eating patterns I can devise a healthy eating plan that will help them to lose weight and keep if off.

As someone who knows what it is like to be an emotional eater I am well placed to help others and if you are fed up of yo-yo dieting why not talk to me to see if you think I can help you.

You have nothing to lose but weight!

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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

What would you choose?

One of the things that can make losing weight so difficult is being faced by choice.  This becomes even more difficult when something looks like a bargain and is sugary and sweet.

Which would you choose the doughnut or the apple?

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When you see that 2 doughnuts are only 35p and that a single apple is around 30p it is no wonder that people often opt for the cheaper option let only the fact that doughnuts are a typical comfort food.

Knowing that the apple is better for you is often not motivating enough to make the healthier choice so if this is you

  • try to limit buying a sugary item as a weekly treat and balance it with healthier options.
  • if you are buying for yourself don’t buy packs of two, try to find just one, as if you have two you will only eat them.
  • make sure if you have something as a treat you sit down and eat it consciously rather than on the run
  • finally remember you have had it!

This will help you to become more concious of  what you are eating and hopefully help you in eating more healthily.

If you want more tips and support you can always contact me via this blog or email me at enquiries@weight-away.org

Why would you pay for replacement meals?

When you are desperate to lose weight it can be tempting to turn to anything that offers a quick fix.

A lot of approaches such a Slimfast; LighterLife; Slenderiiz and Herbalife offer anything from replacement meals, shakes, drops and drinks at a price to help you lose weight. There is no doubt that all of these will work depending on your commitment to stick to a plan and you will lose weight often too quickly to be healthy but the chances of you keeping the weight off are slim.

You will also be considerably out of pocket as all these things cost!

I decided to check out just one LighterLife replacement meal- the porridge which costs a staggering £14.70 for 7 days.Looking at the nutritional information it only has 153 calories per 40g serving and more salt than a bowl of Quaker Oats.

40g of Quaker Oats with 300mls skimmed milk will provide 230 calories a much healthier amount to eat at breakfast and is packed with vitamins and amino acids.

You can buy a box of Quaker Oats that provides 25 servings for around £2.00 i.e. 8p per serving which if you add the cost of  the milk at around 40p per serving  for 7 days this gives a total of less than £3.50 against the cost of the Lighter Life replacement at £14.70.

You may think it is worth buying ‘diet plans’ it as it makes your life easier but if the weight all goes back on at the end it isn’t  necessarily the answer.

You may think it is quicker to have the replacement meal but you can microwave the Quaker Oats in just 5 minutes so really it is that easy to eat normally.

If you want to know more about eating healthily without breaking the bank I would be delighted to talk to you  just contact me via this blog or at enquiries@weight-away.org

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What is being overweight doing to you?

I decided to watch the BBC 3 programme on line that shows the effects of obesity through an actual post mortem.

I think that anyone who is carrying too much weight would want to take action to minimise the risk of what fat can do your organs and seeing this in such a graphic way really made me think.

I can remember being given the advice to microwave a pork pie for 30 secs to see how much fat came out of it. The person who suggested I did this said it would put me off pork pies for life.  They were right and you can do the same with a sausage roll but this seems all a bit trivial when you see the fat inside a body.

People who contributed to the show talking about their own weight problems had spoken about health problems but also lack of self esteem and confidence. Their courage to speak out was based on the worries they had about their health.  When you were able to see the fat surrounding the organs in the the post mortem and in particular the impact on the liver it was terrifying.

The fact that 64% of the UK population are overweight or obese now and that is expected to rise to 75% by 2035 is really worrying. Particularly  when we already know that 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese and that is just one of many health risks.  You can add heart disease, stroke, cancer and liver failure.

If you have the stomach for it this documentary is worth a watch and if it inspires you do something about your own weight then I would be delighted to support you in that. You can contact me by emailing enquiries@weight-away.org 

You can see the programme at http://bbc.in/2cSCh4N

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Have you lost weight only to put it back on?

If you have lost weight and then put it back on maybe once or twice, then you are becoming a yo-yo dieter.  I know that this happens when you follow a diet that isn’t something that you can stick to and doesn’t change your eating habits for good.

I say this from experience as I was a typical yo-yo dieter trying every slimming club and fad diet I saw, until I decided to look at eating healthily for life.

This helped me to lose over 5 stone between 2009-2010 but more importantly to keep the weight off and set up my own weightloss business which is based on eating ordinary foods but getting extraordinary results.

If you would like to know more about my healthy eating plans and how you can lose weight to keep it off for life then visit http://www.weight-away.org and I would be delighted to help you.

I have special offers running at the moment and there is still time to lose weight before the summer holidays

 

How to avoid becoming a statistic

We have got bigger as a nation as we do less exercise and eat more processed food

In the press this week we were told that

Britain has the biggest weight problem of any European country, with two thirds of men and more than half of women classified as overweight or obese. Last week a study forecast that 38 per cent of Britons would be obese by 2025, making the country the fattest in the continent.

If you want to avoid being one of people in these statistics you may need help to avoid temptation. I say this because all around us there are adverts and offers for food that can result in us gaining weight. Knowing how to eat healthily whilst still having the occasional treat is the key to losing weight and keeping it off.

The answer will never be a quick fix of pills or replacement foods or crash diets because when you stop these and go back to how you were eating the weight will just pile back on.  You can eat well with your family and friends by changing your approach to eating and just a few changes can make a lot of difference

  • eating regular meals
  • cutting out snacks
  • having more vegetables
  • walking whenever you can
  • reducing the amount of sugar you eat

These are just a few things that can make a difference but if you want to know more visit http://www.weight-away.org for healthy eating plans, recipes and support.

Don’t become a statistic!