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Damn the diet

Fruit for breakfast, skipping dessert, saying no to takeaway Friday – been there, done it and still can’t seem to fit into the T-shirt? If you want to get into shape and shed those extra pounds this summer, then perhaps you need to switch things up.

Say good bye to the Atkins and South Beach diet and try one of these brilliant alternatives that may just help you slip -not squeeze – into that gorg new bikini.

Go under

The word hypnotherapy may conjure up a variety of scary visions in your mind but we’re talking clinical hypnotherapy – not the Derren Brown kind. Shelly Dar is a trained clinical hypnotherapist and offers treatment in her own private home practice based in Leicestershire.

The treatment is a wonderful and safe form of  complementary therapy (trust me, I’ve experienced it myself and you can read all about it here); she basically taps into the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to your thoughts and behaviour – most of her clients are there to lose weight and have had brilliant results.

Try the scientific route 

Ever heard of Metabolic testing? Well it’s something a little smarter and more sustainable than dieting with proven results. Your metabolism is affected by a variety of different factors including what you eat, your age, body composition, hormone function and understanding your individual metabolism (how your body produces and consumes energy) is key to improving your weight as well as your overall health and wellbeing.

Dawn Revens is one of the very few nutritionists in the UK who offer this unique service and the good news is that there’s no exhaustive workout required so you can leave the gym gear at home. She can use a nifty – but medically approved – piece of equipment that measures the amount of energy your body needs to perform and can workout how many  calories you need to eat per day to lose weight – it’s that simple! Dawn is super passionate about helping women reach a good health weight so you know you’ll be in great hands.

You are what you eat

We’ve all heard this saying but instead of following something you see online or hear from a friend, try the professionals. We’re all built differently and therefore losing weight can differ from person to person. A nutritionist can help advise on the best food to eat for you and your body type. Louise Mercieca, personal trainer and nutrition advisor has recently released her first book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ a useful book about healthy eating for kids and all the family.

She believes that a relationship with food can have a profound impact on your physical and mental health. Even though we need it to survive, nourish and fuel  our body, she encourages sensible, tasty choices for long-term health – she is totally against quick fixes, fad diets and extreme weight-loss solutions so is the best person to ensure you go forwards in the most healthiest way.

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