We all want to look good throughout the year and summer represents a fresh new beginning, where we start to take off our winter layers. Summer's lighter layers and looks however remind us that the stodgy food of the festive cold season has left us with unwanted weight gain and dull looking skin, hair and eyes.
In our society, it seems like it is a constant obsession to try to get fit yet all the time reverting back to the food and entertainment forms that are so prevalent. Every single family get together, every holiday, every celebration is centered on food and drink. Most of the time gluttonous food and drink!
There is a lot to be said for making small manageable changes to the way you eat and seeing your weight drop gradually, rather than embracing the latest fad diet and giving up all the foods you love. For a start it is a lot easier because you don't feel you are on a diet with all the stress that entails. You can make changes at your own pace to suit your lifestyle.
The only diets that have been proven effective for long term weight loss focus on higher amounts of protein and vegetables, and limit carbohydrates to those that are harder to digest. Current government nutritional recommendations for a healthy diet are for 15% of your calories to come from protein, 35% from fat and 50% from carbs.
The Christmas festivities are finally over and you have been left with an unwanted gift. Yes, you guessed it: a few extra pounds and you can't even take them back to the store to get a refund or credit note. But that's no problem is it? Just start on one of those trendy celebrity-endorsed diets that guarantee a slender body in no time at all.