Be Positive and Shed the Post Christmas Pounds

We all know the Christmas period alone, contributes to the most weight gain thanks to over indulging on: festive food, drink and partying. Add that to New Year resolutions, festive hangovers and a hefty dose of guilt and it all equates to a dismal January for most women.

So what's the solution? It’s a well known fact that if women approach slimming with a positive frame of mind, they are more likely to succeed. Slim.Happy is a new approach to weight loss (from Slim.Fast) that provides 'that' frame of mind to achieve a healthier diet.

Slim.Happy is all about losing the guilt as well as the weight and enjoying life. Why not kiss a picture of your old self goodbye on the 1st January, take a daily dose of mirth and even find a friend who also wants to lose some weight — a problem shared is a problem halved! Make sure you enjoy everyday and give yourself a pat on the back every time you reach a personal goal.

Picture of Jenni Trent-HughesPicture of Fiona HunterTo help you make the start, happyvisor,
Jenni Trent-Hughes
(left), is an expert in women’s psychology and has some great advice on how to make dieting an enjoyable experience rather than a chore, laugh through the bad times and make 2007 a magical new world for slimmers.

Noshtritionist, Fiona Hunter (right), is another helper who is an authority on dieting issues and is great at dishing out advice on controlling food cravings, nutritional needs and cooking light. She has a great supply of tasty recipes – all of which are less than 600 calories!

Join Fiona and Jenni as they share their secrets to a healthy and happy 2007 online at

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Top Tips from the 'Nosh—tritionist' Fiona Hunter
• Choose low fat cooking techniques — poach, braise, steam, roast, grill or stir-fry.
• Invest in a good heavy based non-stick pan and remember that oil expands once it gets hot so, when you’re softening onions or vegetables you don’t need to add as much as you might think.
• Use a vegetable or olive oil non-stick cooking spray, for dishes that require light frying.
• You don’t need fat to add flavour — use plenty of fresh herbs and spices in your cooking. Marinades are a good way of adding extra flavour without fat.
• For dishes like spaghetti Bolognese and chilli, use extra lean mince and add plenty of vegetables to bulk out the meat.
• Use reduced and low fat alternatives such as: reduced fat cheese, skimmed milk, and low fat yoghurts where available.
• To make gravies and sauces creamy, add 0% fat yoghurt or fromage frais rather than cream. Stir in at the end of cooking to prevent curdling.
• Try to find some time to sit down over the weekend and think about what you’re going to eat over the next week. A little time and energy invested at the start of the week, will pay dividends later in the week when your energy levels and good intentions may be flagging…
• Before you go shopping write a list… and stick to it.
• Have a small healthy snack before you head out to the shops. If you go shopping when you’re hungry you’re more likely to make unwise choices.
• If you know you’re going to be tempted to buy stuff you shouldn’t really eat — write a list and ask someone to do the shopping for you or order online.
• Regular snacks can help keep blood sugar levels stable and help avoid the energy lows that many of us experience mid morning and mid afternoon.
• Don’t fall victim to the snack attack. Plan snacks at regular intervals throughout the day — mid-morning and mid-afternoon. If you allow yourself to get over hungry, you’re more likely to end up grabbing an unhealthy snack or overeating at your next meal.
• Plan ahead and make sure your fridge and cupboards are stocked with plenty of healthy snacks such as Slim.Fast fruit & nut bars, chocolate bars or tasty savoury snacks — all less than 100 calories
• Don’t use snacks as a substitute for proper meals. Plan regular snacks at set times rather than constantly grazing throughout the day.

• Weight for weight, fat provides twice as many calories as protein or carbohydrate groups but, this doesn’t mean you have to cut all fat out of your diet. Studies show that diets that contain moderate amounts of fat, are much more successful in the long term than very low fat diets.