It's the sorry truth most women can't handle because they are too dishonest with themselves to acknowledge that they have put on too much weight or have poor eating habits. It's time to start owning your fabulousness and your flaws.
Breast cancer isn't just the disease of a 'friend of a friend' or a 'cousins friend' or even of a distant relative once removed. We're surrounded by people and their families who are affected by it. Real people, with real bodies and feelings and emotions that will change forever following their treatment.
Over the course of my 20-year career, I have in fact been emphatically anti-diets, so it may seem odd that I have now written a book devoted to one. It's no U-turn; The Fast Diet, co-written with Dr Michael Mosley, works so brilliantly because you don't have to give anything up at all.
I feel very strongly that all of this is a result of unconscious choices, not asking the questions. If you go back 100 years, eating animal produce was a luxury and you knew where your meat came from.
Encouraged to drink in order to manage career related stress, many of these women are said to have gone on to become career women and mothers who have exchanged their beers for wine, and from drinking heavily in public to drinking heavily behind closed doors. In other words, they have become reliant on this vice, one that can destroy careers, relationships, and mental and physical health.
Most of us struggle to last a week on a new regime before sliding back into bad old habits. We lack the staying power to make deep and lasting changes in our lives. What we really want when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve is a quick fix.
With all of the technology and knowledge at our disposal, the actions we need to take to guard our health are clearer than ever. But it still comes down how we feel and how that guides us. Let your own mind and body be your health's greatest assets.
I was one of those keen new gym members in January. I started off determined to get into shape, but at the same time I was also terrified.
I've found the dieting very easy, but finding time to exercise very hard. I find that I make a hundred excuses a week for why I spend my time doing anything but exercising. To make life easier, I've decided that exercising at home must be the answer.
How do I lose my belly fat? How can I tone up my arms? Which exercise will shrink my thighs? The sad truth of the matter is, whether you want to get rid of that annoying lower ab pudge, firm up those pesky bingo wings or attain the elusive 'thigh gap', the answer is always the same.
There are many spas on Koh Samui Island, but none that are as sophisticated and unique as Kamalaya. This is one seriously good spa holiday, guest teachers and practitioners fly in from all over the world and the therapists are world class.
We give companies the ability to advertise harmful foods to children in a misleading way. We make healthier food more expensive and harder to come by. We create living environments not conducive to active lives. We then chastise the obese for not exercising their personal choice as if they made that choice in a vacuum.
This week was something of a red-letter one; I had two phone interviews regarding where I think the fitness industry is headed.
These days it seems we are all looking for the next best bit of fitness equipment to do our exercise for us, whether it be a treadmill, crunch machine, wobbly shoes, or a vibrating platform. I mean I don't know how often you do squats in a constant earthquake, but I don't see the point to be honest.
The horsemeat scandal has served to highlight the inadequacies of a food system driven by profit, and the fact that it's those buying the cheapest food who are falling victim to them. Processed food makes money. But, it does not make us well.
'To train, or not to train?' This is the question we regular exercisers agonise over when lurgy strikes. Those unconvinced of the joy of exercise will struggle to comprehend why it is we WANT to train though the illness - why not take the opportunity to 'pull a sickie' on our fitness regimen.