No matter what the diet plan, at it’s simplest, the process of losing weight boils down to nothing more scientific than eat less and do more. It should be so easy, but we spend our lives searching for the miracle of the ultimate diet plan – you know the one I mean – the effortless, never feel hungry, can eat chocolate and drink red wine one.  The reality is that whatever diet we choose, our long term success is entirely driven by our habits and thoughts.

My internal dialogue around weight-loss is currently so negative that I’m leaving myself with almost no other option than failure and that’s what I need to sort before I have any chance of real success.

American writer Kristen Braziel says “You have to change the way you think about weight loss. The tendency is to view the weight loss process as a combination of ultra-strict rules about eating, unrealistic rules about exercise, and that you’re “bad” or “cheating” if you don’t stick exactly to those rules. It’s about feeling good. It’s about feeling healthy, alert, energetic, and then once the weight starts coming off: proud, accomplished, confident, capable, strong. Getting your mind right is the key. But it’s also the hardest part.”

I couldn’t agree more, and that’s why in the past my most successful attempts at dieting have involved a support community like weight-watchers. When I’m down a stone I’m probably not ‘thin’ by most peoples standards but I feel great – more confident, sexier, happier. It’s kind of like the feeling I had as a teenager on a first date – if they bottled it I’d buy it. It makes it hard to understand why I don’t just get on and shift that stone, it’d only take a couple of months…



One of my sons recently made the slightly cutting observation that I’d been on a diet for as long as he’s know me but never seemed to lose weight. He’s right, I’ve spent the last 20 years yo-yoing and the pounds have slowly crept on until the scales have tipped 12 stone. I have a wardrobe full of beautiful clothes that I can’t get into and I don’t have the heart to chuck them so this is my commit-to-paper opportunity to do something about it.

My problem with most diets is that they’re too prescriptive, often faddish, full of food I don’t like and wouldn’t normally eat and as soon as I stop dieting the weight piles back on.
Last year I spent a lot of money buying access to the ‘metabolic balance diet’ This has been hailed as the go-to weight loss diet for stars like Sam Smith and James Corden. In fairness, they’ve both lost a shed load of weight but unless you have a celebrity-like loaded purse then in my view, it’s a very expensive way to be told not to eat much. I hated it, I just can’t eat cheese or chicken for breakfast everyday and I loathe avocados all of which were deemed my essential diet foods. It had cost me so much that I stuck with it and lost 8lbs but as soon as I stopped back came the weight.

I’m starting 2017 with a desire to do something that works and lose a stone or more AND KEEP IT OFF. This has become increasingly difficult since I hit the menopause, not only is the weight harder to shift but every single extra pound goes straight to my midriff changing my body shape beyond recognition.

Over the coming weeks I’m going to try some different approaches, I’ll let you know how I get on!

Penny x