It's that time of year again when life goals are set and resolutions are made. Do you want to lose weight and get fit (don't we all)? Perhaps you're about to embark on Dry January or quit smoking. Is your goal to improve your relationships or get out of debt? Whatever your good intentions are, research suggests that only 8% of us actually achieve our resolutions.
The diet and fitness industry is worth billions of pounds, yet obesity rates are rising in the West. That alone suggests that the majority of gadgets, pills and potions on the market that claim to deliver amazing results simply don't work. But with desperation clouding your judgement, how can you tell if it's worth giving a product a go?
I love eating and I love food. It's like a hobby. I have no shame in sharing that I very much enjoy everything about food: planning it, shopping for it, preparing it, eating it, tasting it, everything! To me, food will never just be fuel. It will always been something to be enjoyed, and sometimes, I enjoy it just a little too much!
We all know that feeling, when at first you lose a few pounds and then your weight loss plateaus, or simply doesn't seem to be getting anywhere. It can be disheartening, and make you feel as though that goal is unattainable. But, the truth is that even a modest weight loss can have an impact on our health and here's why...
You can lose that extra fat you are carrying. It will be hard. It will take time. It will take courage, persistence and motivation. But you can do it. Follow these five simple steps, integrate them into your life, make them habits and you will automate fat burning and create that body you've always wanted.
One of the many reasons that women, and occasionally men, come to see me for weight loss advice is because they want to start a family, but are struggling. Did you know that obesity is a major cause of difficulty getting pregnant - and can increase the risk of miscarriage or problems during pregnancy and childbirth?
Women's fitness is a minefield, with promises of 15-minute fat loss workouts, two-minute routines and adverts for the latest workout trend or craze, which is guaranteed to get you in shape in double-quick time. But how much of this stuff will actually hold up for most people and how do we separate what works from what doesn't?
Many of us adopt an exercise and nutrition approach that involves us staying on the straight and narrow Monday to Friday, where we diligently exercise and eat our greens, but is then a bit more relaxed at the weekend, where we eat and drink most of the things that we have resisted for the previous five days.
A recent study confirmed that whether you have a good breakfast or not makes no difference to weight loss. Everyone is different - you may be an early riser or a night-owl when it comes to sleep, so it is not surprising that your breakfast desires may be different, too. Listen to your body when it comes to eating.
Yes, the rumours you've heard are correct. The one and only Ms Hopkins is putting her body through its paces as she consumes over 6000 calories a day in a bid to put on 3 ½ stone for a new TV documentary... Katie will then attempt to regain her previous body, showing us loosing weight ain't so hard.
If a client comes to me and says he or she want to lose weight, what if that client is already a healthy weight? What if their intended weight loss will make them underweight? Do I help them? Do I take the job? I always talk to people about their motivations but when it comes to weight most people are irrationally attached to social ideals of acceptability
Despite a growing understanding of the benefits of resistance training and high intensity interval training, the nation's go-to fat loss tool still seems to be going out for a jog. Every January we hit the pavements (literally.... again and again and again) with the best intentions. Unfortunately, it turns out jogging is in fact a very flawed fat loss tool.