COVER Se­crets to los­ing weight

Make 2019 the year that you say good­bye to your ex­tra pounds and never see them creep back on again! We’ve got the se­cret to weight-loss suc­cess

YOURS (UK) - - Contents - By Re­becca Speech­ley

Ahealthy diet and reg­u­lar ex­er­cise will help you to drop a dress size or two – yet some­how each time, those pounds seem to reap­pear, some­times they even bring a friend or two and you end up heav­ier than be­fore!

In fact up to two thirds of di­eters re­gain more weight than they lose on a diet, say re­searchers from UCLA. It doesn’t mat­ter which diet you fol­low – the out­come’s the same. “Stud­ies show that peo­ple on di­ets typ­i­cally lose the largest amount of weight in the first six months, but then grad­u­ally re­gain that lost weight,” says be­hav­iour change psy­chol­o­gist Dr Aria Ja­fari ( “This has shown to be the case for all di­ets, whether low-fat or high-fat, low-carb or high-carb.” Los­ing the weight isn’t a prob­lem, it’s keep­ing it off that counts.

“The is­sue isn’t a lack of in­for­ma­tion. Know­ing that you should eat more fruit and veg and do more ex­er­cise is dif­fer­ent to ac­tu­ally liv­ing this way long term,” says Dr Ja­fari. “Most peo­ple know that it’s un­help­ful to binge on junk food. Even when they’re full, they still find it vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to stop. In or­der to gain con­trol over your eat­ing and lose weight for good, you have to un­der­stand your own mind­set. Then when your mind is in the right place, a long-term healthy life­style be­comes much eas­ier to fol­low ev­ery day.”

Is it your mind or body that’s in con­trol of your ap­petite? Read on to find out!

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