Tag: exercise

Weight Loss by Design

What is preventing you from losing weight?


We are all aware that there are many celebrities endorsing various diets on tv and radio.  However, remember that what suits one person may not necessarily suit another!


Think about what you have tried in the past? Why did it fail?

Did you lose motivation?

Were your food choices too restrictive which left you feeling hungry all the time? Try to eat small meals more often throughout the day.


Did you give yourself adequate time to shop for the right foods and prepare nourishing dishes?  Quick hint; invest in a slow cooker.  Cook more than you need and freeze the rest in meal size portions.


Did you have any support?  Support is one of the most important factors in successful weight loss.  Do not be frightened to ask for help.  Most dieters are what we call ‘expert dieters’.  By that we mean that they know what they should be doing.  The difference is, that with support they are assisted to apply their knowledge in a way that brings the most benefits to them.


Did you set yourself unrealistic goals and timescales?  Set short-term goals as well as long term goals. Small achievable steps will help you on the way to success and help to keep you motivated.


Did you incorporate any exercise into your routine?  Did you know that sitting for more than 2.5 hours per day can actually cause you to gain weight.  Bad news for office workers.  The good news is if you get into the routine of getting up for 10 minutes every hour you start to burn calories and boost your metabolic rate.


How aware were you of what you were drinking?  Although Smoothies are a healthy option, it is easy to over indulge.  Check your ingredients.  I guess we all know that alcohol is high in calories and then there are the additional temptations to snack on other high calorie foods.  How many of us do not like to admit to ourselves the calories we have consumed via ‘our little glass’!!


Here’s wishing you a great week-end.


Weight Loss by Design The dreaded ‘E’ word.

Weight Loss by Design

The dreaded ‘E’ word.

Hello, Margaret here.  Many of our clients who are starting out on our weight-loss programme are either reluctant to exercise or it may be that their mobility or size prohibits them from going to the gym or that they have no motivation to get their bodies moving. Of course they all know that exercise is a necessary component in burning fat off and losing weight.

If you feel that way, take things one step at a time.  Pedometers can be great tools for building up the number of steps taken in a day.  One client of ours was advised by his doctor that the gym was out of the question.  He was embarrassed by his size and didn’t wish to go swimming. Using a pedometer, he logged daily how many steps he was taking.  He went from just over 3 thousand per day at the start to over ten thousand in the matter of a few weeks.  He reported an elevated mood, a boost of motivation to really lose weight and keep it off this time and higher levels of self-confidence.

Every action that you take is another step, however small or insignificant it may appear to you.  At Weight Loss by Design, we encourage clients to be creative and find ways that they ‘can do’.  A plane going from London to New York does not go in a straight line it goes away and then back on track.

Building muscle via exercise is a great tool in weight loss as it will boost your metabolic rate.

An idea – take some time to brainstorm how you could start moving your body daily.  Would it be taking more trips up the stairs, sitting in the chair using a resistance band, getting a friend to go for a walk?

Do please share your successes with us and you may well spur others on too.

Best wishes from

Margaret @ Weight Loss by Desire