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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 Mindful Eating The practise of Mindfulness


Mindful Eating

The practise of Mindfulness seems to be a buzz word in the health industry currently.  Great interest is being shown on the positive effects on health of practising Mindfulness Meditation.  Studies show that a regular practise reduces episodes of depression, anxiety and helps with pain relief.  Mindfulness is also a great tool to use in losing weight.

Mindless eating is now the ‘norm’ for many people.  People eating ‘on the run’ and eating whilst watching tv.  Passengers on the train grazing away whilst reading the newspaper.  Mindfulness is about engaging with what we are doing whilst we are doing it.  Mindless eating results in larger quantities being consumed, therefore more calories and also takes us away from knowing if we are ‘full’, as we are not paying attention.

Many of our weight-loss clients eat in a mindless way, either snacking, pinching the children’s left-overs or eating on the run.  Often they believe that they have no will-power and will not be able to resist snacking.  Our approach of one step at a time is to say to them that they are not required yet to reduce the snacking. What we would like to suggest to them is that anytime they do have a snack, they must sit down and only eat.  No multi-tasking, no mindless eating.  They must eat slowly and eat mindfully.

We want them to get in touch with learning to recognise if they are hungry or satisfied and to learn to be aware of exactly what they are putting in their mouths.

Do give this a trial if you would like to make some changes in your eating habits and we would love to hear your experiences on our comments box.

Weight Loss by Design Why support is essential

Hello again.  Today I want to share some ideas on why it is important for anyone wishing to lose weight to enlist suppport from those around them, or if this is not possible, to join a group of like minded people who will share your triumphs and give you encouragement to stick to your goals.

At Weight Loss by Design we hold small, friendly, weekly group meetings which provide the ideal space to support you on your journey.  Our group members receive individual attention, helping them to focus on areas of concern and how to avoid danger zones, ie Friday nights out and a visit to the curry shop!

Socialising with people who have no concerns about their weight can be tricky but we can support you in choosing food options which won’t pile on the pounds and leave you feeling defeated the following morning.

Keeping a food diary is a great help in tracking those areas where your resolution has weakened, and here at Weight Loss by Design, we help you to identify the situations and places that may be slowing down your progess.

Wishing you great success on your weight loss journey.  We’d love to hear from you with any comments or suggestions for future posts.





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

Weight Loss by Design

Welcome to our new blog page.  We are really excited to be able to share some tips with you on this page that we use in our ‘ Weight Loss by Design’  Programme.

The ‘Weight Loss by Design’ Programme began in response to the amount of clients we were seeing who were struggling to lose weight and wanted to feel better about themselves.  Many were yo-yo dieters who had lost confidence that they would ever successfully achieve their target weight and more importantly keep that excess weight off.

The consultants at ‘Weight Loss by Design’ are qualified in hypnotherapy, NLP, counselling and weight loss management with many years experience in helping clients achieve their desired goals.

Our programmes have been designed to adapt to individual needs and goals. The programme can be accessed by attending group meetings, individual one-to-one consultations and/or via telephone and Skype.

Did you know that in order to lose 1lb per week, you need to eat 500 calories less daily? So, how many calories are there in that last chocolate biscuit or packet of crisps that you ate?

There are many myths that exercise is difficult to gain access too or costs money or your valuable time.

For example did you know that to burn fat fast you need to increase your heart rate? How do you do this? Take the stairs instead of the lift, buy a skipping rope and use it or park your car as far as possible away from the supermarket.

We hope that this has started you thinking of ways that you too can achieve your weight loss goals.

We will be posting further hints, tips and ideas in the days to come.

Best wishes from the team.