The product has been added to your basket

headerheaderheader

Please note prices featured in our January issue may have now changed, please check basket for most up-to date pricing.

‘How can I stay at my happy weight?’

Our experts help Anna Bundock, 39, from London, keep off the pounds she worked so hard to shift

‘Over the past few years I’ve lost nearly 9lbs through healthy eating, going to the gym in my lunch breaks and running at the weekends. But, despite this, I’m finding that the weight is slowly creeping back on, and I’m worried my hard work is going to be lost. I’m really happy with how I am now and I just want to maintain it. But as I already go to the gym and watch what I eat, are there any other easy tips that could help me?’ 

  1. default image
    1.

    The psychologist

    Women’s health specialist Dr Marilyn Glenville* says: ‘Weight maintenance is a marathon, not a sprint. I recommend adopting the “80:20” rule – if you eat well 80% of the time, you can afford weekend and holiday treats. I think if we restrict our diets too much, we tend to crave naughty things more. And when you do indulge, try to do so mindfully – find the very best version of that treat and really savour the taste. Plus, make sure you avoid eating in front of the TV, as it’s easier to consume more when you’re distracted instead of focusing on your food.’

    default image
  1. default image
    1.

    The nutritionist

    Boots consultant dietitian Sian Porter says: ‘Keep a food diary to see where those extra calories are creeping in and to help you work out if there’s a pattern – such as when you’re dining out or after the gym. Then plan ahead, checking menus in advance or keeping healthy alternatives to hand post-workout. People think they’ve “earned” a bigger meal after exercise, but overindulging just wipes out all the calories they’ve burned! Stick to this rough guide at mealtimes: fill half your plate with veg, then split the other half into carbs and protein. And watch your carb portions – a serving should be the size of your fist.’

    default image
  1. default image
    1.

    The personal trainer

    Sara Nankivell, fitness expert at Nuffield Health, says: ‘You already do lots of cardio, so try incorporating some resistance-based training (such as squats, push-ups and planks) into your fitness regime. These help increase lean muscle tissue, which burns more calories at rest than fat. Another benefit of this type of workout is that you don’t need any equipment, so it’s perfect for days when you can’t get to the gym.’

    default image

Compiled by Charlotte Grant-West Photography Helen Marsden Still-life photography Pixeleyes Styling Angela Barnard Hair and make-up Liz Kitchiner *www.marilynglenville.com

close

Rate us

Enjoying this issue?
Let us know what you think

Please click on a star

Poor
Great