“I hardly eat anything, and I still can’t lose weight”
Do you hear yourself saying this sometimes? Heck it is a frustrating place to be!
It’s pretty normal to lose weight easily at first, and then for your weight loss to tail off over time. This is because weight loss is annoyingly un-linear, and also because you do need to adjust your intake over time in order to keep seeing the scales move. If you’re smaller, you need less food to maintain your size, and so what was a calorie deficit for you at the beginning […]
“If I had more willpower, I could stop eating so much junk”
Have you ever said, or thought this?
It’s true that you have to work at making changes, and that can be REALLY hard.
It can be interesting and useful to look at your environment as well though, and consider how making some changes there could make the willpower more easy to come by.
An example of this could be how difficult it is to avoid a couple of biscuits with your afternoon cuppa. If you’re sitting in the same place you always sit and trying to […]
However you want to look at losing weight, one simple truth of any program which holds a chance of success is that a calorie deficit is required.
There are a million ways to create a calorie deficit through food and exercise, and there are a million ways to make it harder or easier through specific food choices and other habits.
Losing weight really should never become a game of maths. Thank goodness, really, as maths is not my strong point. Filling your body up with the nutrients it needs is crucial for long term progress, adherence – and health.
But still […]
Happy New Year! I hope you are all feeling suitably stuffed after a super Christmas!
Regardless of whether you’re feeling all ‘New Year, New You’, I think most of us feel at least a little over indulged. A couple of weeks of paying less attention to getting the right food, or simply eating more than we’ve needed, leaves us feeling bloated, lethargic and generally yuck.
If we could bottle this feeling, it would make it easy to follow through with the ideas in our heads. But the reality is that the bloated ‘over-Christmassed’ feeling passes relatively quickly […]
What is the best way to inject some confidence into ourselves when making what could be a pretty significant lifestyle change?
The first thing is to start with changes which are so easy, it’s almost impossible not to make them.
What do you need to do this week to take you a step closer to your overall goal? How confident are you that you CAN do those things?
Note that there is a difference between “I can do that” and “there’s no real reason I shouldn’t be able to do that”.
If you’re not completely convinced […]
If you’ve done really well all year, it’s too easy to feel anxious about undoing your hard work over Christmas.
Likewise, if you haven’t done so well – it is also easy to feel anxious about increasing the height of the mountain you need to climb in January!
Reality check time.
Remember that months of hard work is not undone by two days of overeating. Of course it’ll put you back for a couple of days, but it will not undo what you have already achieved.
Really, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are going to involve a […]
This is a fantastic dressing to put on some left over beef and turn it into a really fabulous salad.
You could even put the beef and dressing into a few gem lettuce ‘cups’ with some cucumber and tomato. Yummy. If you’re feeling really keen, you could put some toasted sesame seeds on top too.
Did you know fresh herbs are pretty rich in nutrients? Coriander is full of vitamins A, C, E and K, plus various minerals including folate, iron, magnesium and potassium. Lemongrass contains much of the same, while garlic and ginger have antiinflammatory and antiviral effects […]
I’ve never been one for fad diets, crash diets or other unhealthy ways to get rid of body fat.
For me, it’s all about getting as healthy as possible and letting the body do it’s thing. It’s amazing the changes to every aspect of life this approach brings. Not just the number on the scales or the fit of your jeans, but also your energy and ‘get up and go’, the clarity of your thoughts, your mood and the way your body moves and feels.
For a lot of people though, doing what’s needed to […]
I feel, at least in part, the answer to that is: yes.
Why else would they not always represent the work you’ve put in? Why is it that you can eat utter rubbish on Saturday, then lose half a kilo by Sunday morning. And why can you eat like an advert for healthy living for a week straight, then gain weight!
The first thing to remember is that weirdly low and weirdly high weigh-ins are probably just that – weird. They have absolutely nothing to do with your overall progress and are not an indication that you gained […]
A few years ago a lot of people didn’t really know what it meant to be vegan but now, every other restaurant has a vegan option on their menu, and snacks proudly stamp words to the effect of ‘vegan friendly’ on the packaging.
Veganism has had a massive surge in popularity, but before you give it a try, here are some things to keep in mind.
Firstly, if you’re thinking about trying veganism to improve your health, it is worth remembering that there are a million causes of poor health, and it’s likely that eating animal products […]