Here we go again: another year, another diet

Happy New Year everyone, I’m back and full of enthusiasm and with this column running every other week hope to motivate you all to lose some weight or even think about getting healthier.

Even small changes in one’s diet or lifestyle can make a difference. So here we go again, another year another diet. How quickly time passes.

It only seems like yesterday when we promised ourselves that by this time this year we would be at our desired weight.

For many this has become a reality but for many more the weight has increased and just keeps piling on.

Another Christmas has passed and our good intentions to eat healthily during the festive period flew out the window. People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas!

For most people this is the time of year when they make New Years Resolutions for what they want to do in the coming year, one of them usually being to lose weight and get healthier.

Most people end up failing at some of them or all of them.

To me this is a bad thing and can backfire for a person. When someone makes a big resolution for a major change and it doesn’t work it can be very discouraging and can possibly leave the person worse off than they were before the resolution.

So I am thinking this year, instead of us making New Year’s resolutions, which most of us do not really think through or desert us after a few weeks, why don’t we make New Years Goals?

Think hard about your New Year Goals you plan to set this year and make sure that they are specific and important to you.

When planned properly and the effort is put in, you can make these goals become a reality. When it comes to losing weight, sadly there is no miracle available or a fairy godmother passing a magic wand over your head giving you the trim body you desire. (We wish!)

No, it is not that easy. I am talking about losing weight that probably took you years to build up; you can’t just pop a pill and expect the weight to disappear over night or in a couple of days.

The healthiest way to lose weight is neither crash diets nor bursts of exercise. The body likes slow changes in terms of food and exercise so if you are overweight, even losing a moderate amount of weight 5 to 10 percent of your total weight, for example can help to improve your overall health by reducing your cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Additionally, many find that their weight loss also improves their overall mood, self-confidence, energy and mobility among many morebenefits. Just one small change can make a big difference.

One extra biscuit a week can lead you to gain 5lb a year – cut that biscuit out of your diet and you’ll lose the same amount.

Until next time, Lesley x

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