"Right now I have to warn you that you are too fat and I am concerned," I explained to my sister. It was the line that made her sit up and listen, and go on to lose six stone. I recall the time I would see my sister struggle because she was carrying too much fat.
Most traditional diets are unsustainable, and based on unrealistic expectations of ourselves, and as a result, are destined to fail - leading to that inevitable rollercoaster of weight-loss and weight-gain that we hear so much about.
Unfortunately we are not all programmed to be gym-bunnies and live off green juice, so come the first of February the gym regulars tend to get their normal routine back, while many of us might find ourselves with a glass of wine in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other, not really understanding how it happened.
But the injustices of intensive meat production aren't limited to the animals involved, or the natural environment, or the people unfortunate enough to live close to industrial farms. It's worse than that.
Mindful eating is based on the ancient Buddhist practise of mindfulness, which provides a simple way to tune into your brain, and take control of your behaviours. In the context of eating well, it means being present, free from distractions, and fully aware of what your body is telling you.
Juicing had changed my life, taking me from an obese man who was digging an early grave with his fork to feeling young and vibrant again. I had a second chance at life and I wanted to embrace it.
Why do you tell yourself that some eating doesn't count? Is it because you tell yourself you shouldn't be eating that, or you should feel guilty for eating it and so you convince yourself you are not really eating it?
So you made a New Years Resolution. You plucked up the courage to take out a gym membership. Everyday right? Everyday until this god awful fat is burned from your bones. Right? Nonsense.
My New Year's Day Google searches included "juice cleanse," "boot camp" and "Help me! Christmas made me feel chubby". It happens every year: January the 1st hits, we want to be our hottest selves instantly and we'll do whatever it takes to get there. Fast.
The brain is the ultimate habit machine. Your life has unknowingly been sent down a set of rails, and your cunning brain switched to autopilot. Making changes means seizing back control. To do this you have to shake up those old habits and routines, take new routes.
I know this is going to come as a shock to you if you're used to counting calories but not all calories are created equally. It's time to forget totting up the numbers and instead think about how the food you're eating is making you feel and what good it can do to your body.
The "want it now" aka immediate gratification culture has played into the hands of the diet industry, who serve up calorie restrictive diets with short term results, but long term problems e.g. weight rebound, hormone imbalance and long term damage to your metabolism.
This indefatigable siege has resulted in generations of abnormally sized families and these peddlers of this artificial garbage must be held accountable. Vast profits must be redistributed for justice to be served.
The only difference between this and all the other attempts was that I was much bigger this time. The heaviest I'd ever been in my life, and it was sad to realise that I wouldn't be able to wear any of my work dresses again.
Around 3.2million people have Type 2 diabetes and there are 11.5million at high risk of it. Over seven million people across the UK are living with the burden of cardiovascular disease - and every day more than 100 people will have their lives cut short by heart disease and stroke.
I have devoted even more time than normal to reading the array of newspaper and magazines health guides for 2015 - detoxing, exercising and dieting has never been this complicated, costly and time consuming. As someone who has a bad habit of gilding the lily myself, here is a simplified guide to what you should do...