I encourage my clients to indulge over the Christmas period because we are more concerned about what happens between New Year to Christmas, not Christmas to New Year.
A better plan then, may be what I encourage all of my training clients to do and that is lose some weight in anticipation that you may 'overeat' a little. That way you could enjoy some of what you fancy over the holidays and come through the whole experience weighing what you normally do.
Green juices, in particular, are highly potent because they have highly concentrated nutrients, explain Jay and Linda: "[They] are a high source of chlorophyll which metabolises oxygen in the bloodstream, purifying it and at the same time cleansing the kidneys, liver and urinary tract. Green juices also stimulate the peristaltic wave in the intestines and move the bowels."
Christmas can be a difficult time if you're trying to lose weight. It's all the parties, the mince pies, the chocolates and of course alcohol which make it so hard to stay on track. The usual response is to think "I'll just deal with my weight after Christmas". But do you really want to get to New Year's day, step on the scales and see that they're up five pounds? Of course not.
After age 30, we tend to lose lean tissue at an average of 5% per decade. The amount of fat on the other hand, goes up steadily and may rise at a much higher rate. The need to hold onto our lean tissue goes far beyond the desire for a bikini look body.
Everything in moderation, including moderation, right? So often bandied about as the 'top tip' for surviving the Holiday Season, yet so rarely accompanied by useful advice on HOW exactly to 'moderate'.
What I found was that when the air is damp and you're sweating, it's a recipe for disaster to wear thick, bulky clothes. When the sweat makes the clothes damp, it just doesn't dry, and so when you're walking back home, you're increasing your likelihood of a cold as your clothes are wet and your core temperature is dropping.
While exercise and healthy eating are the best routes to getting the body you want, sometimes we could all do with a helping hand, especially when a special event is on the cards. To look and feel your best with minimal effort, check out these tips for faking a slimmer figure.
I used to be fat. Over 6 stone heavier, in fact. This was mostly due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, but then nobody cares WHY you're fat; they just see the large person stood in front of them and make their assumptions and judgements.
As Britain's straight talking weight loss motivator and TV presenter you may not be surprised that I have some razor sharp words for fat Americans who seem to enjoy the sofa feeding their backside.
How do we navigate the sea of sugar laden beverages? The coffee shops with treats right under our noses, laid out like candy encrusted ornaments? There is no magic pill or diet book that is going to swoop in and save us all - we must devise a multi-pronged approach for long lasting success.
Talking of spiritual paths, I was reading a blog post by another teacher the other day who was basically saying that doing yoga for mental or physical well-being was akin to putting square pegs in round holes. I was like, 'Eh? Really?' I was thinking that's exactly why I started Yoga - to sort out my mind.
Maintaining a stable blood sugar level is one of the keys to success when embarking on a weight loss journey, as this is what can trigger cravings, increase your appetite, and leave you feeling extremely fatigued.
By allowing ourselves to focus on the negative this can send us into a spiral of unwanted thoughts that can drain us of our energy. Switching our thoughts to positive ones and happy memories can help us to feel so much better about ourselves.
This is a fun, funky urban dance class to current tunes, with an added focus on fitness moves. Today was one of the first (if not the first!) Strut & Step class ever and song of the day was Beyonce's Girls Who Run The World. It was a goodie.
I'm not really a yoga person, it's true - I'm more of believer that you need to get your sweat on and be totally out of breath in order to be working out but I know that many others swear by yoga.