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.