New Year, New Body. This is how it works

December 29, 2011

Ok so last year a group of us got together to form the support group ‘New Year, New Body’. The idea is that we all had one common goal: to lose some weight.

As a journalist I’ve written about more diets and spoken to more diet experts than I’ve had hot dinners (almost); I’ve also tried every possible diet, interviewed loads of success stories and so on. So what I know works is belonging to a group, where you can all gain support from each other, and once weekly weigh-ins.


If you want to join in with New Year, New Body there are just a couple of rules:

1. You must have more than half a stone to lose, in accordance with the recommendations for your ideal weight for your height.
2. If you have a pre existing medical condition you must talk to your GP before starting a diet.
3. You must agree to lose no more than half a stone (that’s 7lb) in a three week period.

It’s entirely up to you which diet you follow. I like Weight Watchers, some people like Slimming World, Slim Fast, whatever. The point of New Year New Body isn’t to give you diet advice (although I really don’t recommend fasting). But there is just one thing you have to do:

You have to weigh yourself once a week and share your weight loss with the rest of the group.
I don’t mean share your actual weight – that’s between you and the bathroom scales. But sharing the weight loss with the rest of us will encourage you to keep going, and motivate you. I promise.

So that’s really all you need to know at this point. If you want to join New Year New Body, leave your details in the comments below, or if you’re shy, contact me via the contact form, and the hashtag is #newyearnewbody on twitter.

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  • Catherine beary January 8, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Really need a support group like this….marvelous idea… Well done!! I hope to lose a stone, I have just had a baby in November and have been aware of the fat creeping up over Christmas. Great to have a bit of accountability and to check in online. Stay focused ladies…..let’s do this..!!!!

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  • Emma T December 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Me please. I shall go and find the group now.

  • Karin December 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I should have said hers was a Rubbish Diet.

  • Karin December 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I’ve just asked to join the group having read about this on Twitter via Karen Cannard.

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  • seasiderinthecity January 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Can I join please – got more than 2 stone to lose 🙁

  • amy aka miss cherry re January 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    i’m in!!

  • Di Mayze January 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Great idea Liz! I’m in! Nearly didn’t as default thought was “I won’t make it” but what kind of attitude is that – bring it on! Di

  • Gemma January 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Great idea!!! Just looked up my ideal weight for my height and was…….equally shocked and disgusted, so am definitely in. In the words of Nike “Just do it!!”

  • Jackie Humphreys January 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I’m in – here’s to a healthier 2012!

  • muddynosugar January 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I am in, I need to lose up to 3 stone x

  • Robyn Bateman December 31, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Count me in too! I lost almost two stone for my December 2010 wedding and most of it’s slowly crept back on. I’d like to lose a stone. Good luck everyone!

  • Jo December 31, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Hi, I just asked to join the facebook group 🙂

  • emma burgham December 31, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I’d love to join too. I need the additional motivation and support to know I’m not on my own. I’d like to lose one stone.

  • Mary D-W December 31, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Oh count me in, I want to be a size 12 for 2012! 3 stone to lose….

  • Liz December 31, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Hi everyone *waves* – wow, there are so many of you!

    Because so many people have requested to join via the blog and twitter I’ve set up a facebook group to make it more manageable. It’s called newyearnewbody and it has a picture of macaroons (like the one on this blog post).

    But I realise not everyone is on facebook. So here are the New Year New Body guidelines for you:

    On Tuesday (Jan 3) you need to weigh yourself (write your weight down, don’t tell us).

    You’re then aiming to lose:

    1. 7lb in 3 weeks
    2. 1st in 6 weeks.

    Every Tuesday you need to come back and share your weight loss here. If you don’t lose one week, it’s fine, that’s what we’re all here for, to help support you and keep you motivated.

    When you’ve reached your first goal, you’ll set a new goal, and so on, until you reach your desired weight loss. The reason we do it like this is because small, attainable goals are much easier to achieve and you’re more likely to stay on track.

    That’s it for now – good luck, and watch out for people using the #newyearnewbody hashtag on twitter!

  • Isra December 31, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Hey I’d like to join. Been yo-yoing all year so back to having to lose 30 kgs. – Isra Al Kassi

  • Ali Clay December 31, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Pls add me in 🙂

  • Charis Slade December 31, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I am in…do I have to sign up anywhere else? x

  • Karen O'Donnell December 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I am in!

  • Kat December 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I’m in….again.

  • Sal December 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Count me in!

  • Cara Sayer December 30, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I’m desperate to shift at least 2 stone that has crept on while I’ve been all work, no play & no healthy lifestyle 😉
    Fab idea Liz xx

  • Melinda Hewitt December 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I’m in. Lead me to those scales.

  • Rachel S December 30, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Yes please, the weight’s been creeping up on me all year and it’s now time to face it.

  • Hannah Beal December 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Yes please!! I have 3 stone to lose (maybe 3.5 after Christmas, not dared to venture near scales for past fortnight!)

  • Gina D December 30, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Yes please. I am getting married next year and need to lose weight!

  • Sharon December 30, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Count me in – it’s now or never!

  • Linda December 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Me too – I’ve got 5 stone of baby weight to lose (they’re 14 now, I should really stop blaming the kids…)

  • freya sykes December 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Yup sign me up! 3 stone to shift and I need all the help/support I can muster!

  • Nicki Cawood December 30, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I’m in! A great idea 🙂

  • Insomniac Mummy December 30, 2011 at 1:06 am

    You know I’m in!

    Let’s do this!!


  • Tattie Weasle December 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve got to lose weight 8kgs roughly 18lbs – managed to lose 12lbs last year but gained 4 lbs by the end. perhaps if I had it in black and white so to speak….so sign me up!

  • Jacqui Burke December 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Yes please – put me down for 2 stone!!

  • Kay Robson December 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I’d like to join please!

  • maggiemou December 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Can I please join the crew? I’ve got at least 2 stone to lose (I is a fat moo! 😉

  • Frankee B December 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I’m in! I have a good 2.5 stone to lose for myself but probably 4.5 to be in a healthy weight range.

  • Maria December 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Yes, yes! Just what I need: I need to lose about a stone of baby weight still. He’s 2 now so all the excuses have well and truly gone!

  • Angela Dawson December 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Sounds like fun & a great idea. I’d like to lose 1.5 stones. When will it start?

  • Nikki Thomas December 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Ooh yes please! Might spur me on if I have a bit of support! What a great idea! I need to lose a stone (ideally) but anything would be a bonus!