A firm focus on numbers, such as calories, points, the number of pounds you've lost (or gained!), can be quite a narrow view of your progress. A rigid focus on numbers can be very much linked to a diet mentality, where you're either 'good' or 'bad', in control or out of control
Mr Cowell for me is a straight talker, he sees through the waffle, and he doesn't suffer fools gladly, something we share in common. And to be likened to a man that is massively talented is of course an honour.
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.
We know that junk food is no good for us but often find it just so difficult to resist. It is all around us, ready to tempt us when we are hungry, tired or just plain fed-up. Willpower is woefully over-rated - most of us struggle to maintain self-control long-term, which is why the vast majority of diets ultimately fail
If you do choose to count calories, don't simply count calories. We want to get the right foods, in the right amounts, not simply hit our calorie requirement regardless of the foods. This is where a macronutrient framework is useful, as it ensures that not only do we eat within our specific calorie requirements, but that we also get both the essential micro and macronutrients that we need.
There is a time and place for low carb diets, but if you want to significantly increase your fitness or improve your physique, you will benefit from including carbohydrates in your diet. It is very common for people who exercise regularly and who have followed a low carb diet for a prolonged period of time to report low energy, poor sleep...
Over the last two years working as a specialist Weight Loss Hypnotherapist and Coach, I have found more and more that clients require a process of strong and tailored motivational coaching as well as hypnotherapy to lose the unwanted weight.
I had always been afraid that quitting smoking would be synonymous with gaining weight. I had heard so many stories of people turning to lollipops and mints to stave the cravings, was told the average person puts on 12 pounds after quitting. So I kept on puffing.
If you want to lose weight and improve your health, you just have to cut the calories you eat, right? Wrong. Research shows that replacing processed food with 'real', locally-sourced options can boost your health, and help you to lose weight!
If you lose weight by crash dieting or drastically restricting yourself to 400 to 800 calories a day, you're more likely to regain weight rapidly, often within 6 months after you stop dieting. However, regular exercise can help prevent this from happening.
If you've noticed your weight increasing as you go through menopause, you've probably also found that it's difficult to find advice that works. As a doctor who only sees women over 40 in my weight loss clinic, dealing with weight gain at menopause is something I have a lot of experience in.
While many of us try to eat healthily throughout the day, mindless snacking, hunger pangs and access to vending machines can really set our healthy resolutions back and contribute to loss of energy, weight gain, and moodiness. Even more so when we sit all day at the office, typing away on the computer, not moving around much.
This week a government body finally woke up to the fact that TV makes us fat. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is drafting recommendations that people cut down on their TV consumption. Having ditched the box myself ten years ago, I wonder why it took them so long to switch on to something so obvious.
I fell off the wagon. Thump, spectacularly to the ground. I was so very nearly there. Just 1.5 stone to go in my five stone battle of the bulge. It started with just one night off and ended in a weekend of gluttony. Here's how I regained 6lb in just three days...
I believe this is because the Virtual Gastric Band was perceived as some kind of magic wand, where in fact clients soon realised that they still had to put some effort in of their own.
Often we want something in our lives but behave in ways that are contrary to achieving our goals. The process of achieving that weight loss goal is a whole process, and an uncomfortable process. It's uncomfortable letting go of food, waiting until you're physically hungry to eat.