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Over indulged at Christmas?

Here's five ways to lose weight and keep it off, without having to diet

Published on January 4th 2010.

Most people associate the New Year with the start of a new health regime. But there's not many of us who can stick to a restrictive diet for longer than a few weeks.

“My worst experience was the VLCD or Very Low Calorie Diet, recommended by my GP. I had to drink three horrible tasting shakes a day, and it gave me flu-like symptoms for the first three weeks.”

If you're one of those people who start January on the grapefruit and mineral water diet, and end it on the pie, chips and lager diet, we've got some tips from weight loss expert Dr Ian Campbell for you below. He's a spokesperson for The Diet Plate – an ingenious little invention that makes healthy eating natural and easy, meaning you can keep it going for as long as you want.

It's an alternative to crash diets which can make you put on weight rather than lose it, and can be damaging to your health and to date, The Diet Plate has helped more than 165,000 adults and children across the globe, to lose an incredible *6,720,000 million lbs. That’s the equivalent of:

  • 12,192,560 blocks of lard (205g blocks)
  • 610 elephants
  • 2,239 family cars

James from Stockport, who used to weigh 36 stone, had tried them all. He says: “My worst experience was the VLCD or Very Low Calorie Diet, designed by my GP. I had to drink three horrible tasting shakes a day, and it gave me flu-like symptoms for the first three weeks. I stuck at it for two months, but got dizzy spells, a bad temper and even passed out a few times. Although I lost weight, I also lost muscle and felt really weak.”

A friend told him about The Diet Plate. Created by a North West-based entrepreneur as an easier option than dieting, it has spurned imitations in the US and beyond, because unlike many weight loss techniques, it gets proven and sustainable results.

James started using it to control his portion sizes. He says: “I lost a steady 4lbs or so every week. It’s amazing. I don’t have fat hanging everywhere and my waist has gone from 64 inches to less than 40.

“I watched my body change every day over the 18 months it took to lose the weight. It spurred me on to start training again. I took up kick boxing and soon became hooked.”

James now weighs 19 stone 7 pounds, and is a member of the British Kickboxing Team. Not everyone who uses The Diet Plate can expect to become a professional sportsperson, but if your ambitions are just to lose weight and stay in shape, it will certainly help.

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    James before

    Dr Ian Campbell's tips for diet-free weight loss

    1. Don’t diet
    Avoid fad diets and don’t deprive yourself of food groups. Crash or extreme dieting typically severely restricts calorie intake in order to effect rapid weight loss but the results are temporary and doomed. Yo-Yo weight loss and regain depresses the metabolism and you’ll lose fat-burning muscle. Weight loss will last if you change what you eat permanently to generally healthy choices.

    2. Drink enough waterDrinking water aids weight loss and can help prevent headaches and fatigue. It helps suppress appetite; many times people feel hungry when they are actually dehydrated. If you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water then wait fifteen minutes to see if you are still hungry.

    3. Eat what you need
    So you’ve banished thoughts of crash dieting and are opting for healthy food choices for life, good. But weight loss and control is not just about quality, quantity is just as important. Learning how much food you need and recognizing when you are full is vital for successful weight loss long term. A portion control plate such as the Diet Plate shows you exactly how much of each food group you should be eating. Eating regular meals will also help you avoid feeling ravenous and eating too much.

    James after

    4. Use your legs
    Inactivity equals weight gain. The easiest way to boost your activity levels is to use your legs more. When you take a break at work, take a walk; take the stairs not the lift. Think before you take the car – could you walk instead?

    5. Don’t give up
    If you give in to temptation and over-indulge at some point, don’t feel guilty and give up. Healthy eating is about seeing the bigger picture and making changes for life – an occasional splurge won’t ruin your efforts.

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