I lost 5 stones in 2010-2011 - put a little bit back on because I've been a greedy bar-steward over Christmas and have just been to America. It's coming off gradually now.
Whatever you do, don't think of it as a diet but as a lifestyle change and make it something you can genuinely see yourself sticking to. This means things like:
- Get rid of some totally ###### foods that you really don't need to eat (e.g. takeaways)
- Reduce your alcohol intake
- Reduce your portion sizes
- Try cutting out carbs in the evening meal and have them at lunch
- Drastically reduce one or more of: cheese, bread, sugary stuff (one at a time) until you can observe what does the damage
- Bigger breakfasts, smaller evening meals
- No eating between meals
Whatever you do (and different things work for different people) make sure you allow yourself an occasional blow-out or a Friday treat. It's so much easier to make a permanent change if you don't have to face rabbit food for the rest of your life.
Exercise is great but nowhere near as effective as reducing what you shove in your face. Weight loss occurs best at slightly elevated heart rate, not full-on energy burning. Small and often is as good as anything.
I didn't need WeightWatchers or similar - their eating plans are fine I'm sure but I think what works there is the peer pressure of having to show up. This would make you think twice about raiding the fridge.
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