Advice on achieving your healthy living targets, with C4's Food Hospital expert Lucy Jones
Lucy Jones presents Channel 4's Food Hospital, as well as being the expert in-house dietician at Bodycraft Weightloss. Here she shares her advice on maximising your chances of sticking to your New Year's resolutions to get fit and healthy.
Lucy says, 'The number one mistake people make with New Year's Resolutions is too much, too fast. We try to attack every last indiscretion and push beyond our tolerance boundaries, which leads to falling off the wagon.
'This year, pick a maximum of three small, achievable goals. Something we help people with at Bodycraft is making goals SMART - Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-framed.
'If you want to get a grip on your weight, think about your current lifestyle and what is achievable. Don't splash out on a gym membership if you don't have enough time to breathe. Instead, plan walking, jogging, swimming or cycling twice a week for 30 mins. Alternatively, build activity into your daily life like stairs, housework and gardening - it all counts.
'Setting a target in the future can help you to keep focus, such as entering a charity event , like Cancer Research's Race for Life.
'If you need to make dietary changes, think about having regular meals and trying to add in one extra portion of fruit and vegetables daily - don't cut out everything you love as you won't last long!
'Think of the bigger picture and never make a change that you can't stick to for life - a one-week detox won't help your body for the other 51 weeks of the year and any weight lost will quickly come back with a vengeance, making you feel even worse.'
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Posted: 13/01/2012 at 15:16
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