Want to achieve your weight loss goals in 2017? Start by doing this….

This January it’s time to finally recognise that the diet is dead: Four things you must do instead to achieve your goal in 2017. Successful weight loss is not about what you eat, but why and how you eat.   

Studies show that up to 80% of women are on a diet or think they should be: This represents chronic dissatisfaction. Alarmingly, recent research from UCLA looked at a number of dietary interventions and discovered that most dieters gain back almost all their weight and potentially more! So the most likely outcome from being on a diet is to put on more weight than when you started. In fact, recent neuroscientific research has established that our bodies actually resist weight loss. From an evolutionary perspective this makes sense as there were often long periods when food was scarce. So our ancestors survival depended on conserving energy and regaining weight when food was available to protect them against food shortages in the future.

So jumping on the January diet bandwagon is actually counter-productive!

This year, instead of trying the latest fad diet, do yourself a favour and try something more enjoyable and sustainable.


Work with the brain to keep your New Years Resolutions…

Normally the week between Christmas and New Year is a lull of rest, relaxation, good books, and for me, cooking! But this Tuesday we welcomed our daughter, Claudia Grace into the world. I now understand why they call babies a 'bundle of joy' because that's exactly what she is!

Before giving birth I was quite nervous, as so many women had shared with me their birth experiences and most of them didn't sound too pleasant to put it mildly! But I was determined to have a 'natural' birth, which meant no interventions unless absolutely necessary, and no pain relief.

I'm sharing this with you because I realised something over the course of the labour, which indeed became increasingly painful (!), because there is a lesson here that I think is very helpful, especially at this time of year.

Long prior to going into labour, I had decided that an epidural was not an option. I wanted to experience the joy of childbirth and let nature do it's thing. I'll be honest with you, I HATE needles, so the thought of an epidural put me right off and that was incentive enough to brave what came my way!

The point though, is that I had decided with conviction long before the main event, that this was my plan. So once the pain arrived (and yes it's very intense) the option to take pain relief, although there, just wasn't an option for me. I was completely committed to my plan and so couldn't deviate from it. 
Two thought processes were at play here: