Weight Loss in Leeds

I was asked only the other day about weight loss in Leeds – not by a client but by a friend – if I thought protein shakes might help him lose weight.

The answer is that if he drinks one protein shake a day INSTEAD of the four or five pints of lager and the lunchtime burger he is more used to – then yes, he’ll slim down.

If he declines to cut back on his Stella and Big Macs while drinking protein drinks, then no, he’ll stay fat (and grow fatter). I frequently hear of people making this mistake with weight loss in Leeds.

He has a choice.

Of course, what he had hoped for was that protein drinks could be a magic wand – helping him achieve a target without taking responsibility. The main appeal of protein products seems to be based on the premise that they make you feel fuller for longer because the biological structure of proteins demands the body works harder to digest them.

And if people think protein products are in some way magic to weight loss, it’s perhaps no surprise that sales are booming. Once the preserve of bodybuilders, such products have gone mainstream in recent years.

According to an article I read in the i newspaper a few days ago, world sales in the industry are predicted to reach £8bn within the next two years. Which is impressive.

I happen to be on the side of Dr James Betts who’s quoted in the same newspaper article. Dr Betts is a senior lecturer in nutrition at the University of Bath. He says he thinks protein fans are getting a bit carried away. He adds that studies show protein is only “really effective when used in specific amounts, of a specific type at a specific given time.”

His conclusion is: “The total amount [of protein intake] doesn’t seem to be the important thing… it’s not about eating more, it’s about eating smart.”

If the public applied this then we would see more weight loss in Leeds

In other words the “secret” of slimming remains: eat fewer calories than you burn off and you’ll lose weight. Simple. If you need further assistance for weight loss in Leeds then please contact me.

Posted by in News on June 9, 2015

So Wales is going to ban “vaping” in public.

Good, says I.

Of course, if people want to use ecigarettes or choke on real ones for that matter, then that’s their choice – but they shouldn’t expect to do it near non-smokers/vapers.

However, at least one cancer charity has opposed the Welsh ban on the basis that vaping is less harmful than smoking.

I’m sure it is.

But being less harmful doesn’t, of course, make it harmless.

My real objection to vaping, though, is that ecigs and all other nicotine replacement therapies strengthen the perception that smoking is primarily a physical addiction. In my new book, Stop Smoking: It’s a doddle, I explain that, in reality, smoking is a psychological issue. With the help of hypnotherapy and by understanding the underlying principles, giving up cigarettes can indeed be a doddle.

Sadly, a translation of this article is not available in Welsh.


Posted by in News on June 9, 2015

Steve Miller vs. Tess Holliday

Steve Miller

I see that my pal and fellow weight loss expert Steve Miller has stuck his head over the parapet once more – and sure enough the volume of rage fired in his direction is deafening.

Steve Miller wrote on Mirror Online that clothing brand Simply Be is being irresponsible. He objects to the firm’s social network campaign Catwalk Contender, which offers the hope of modelling deals to plus-size women. Steve thinks the campaign should be banned.

Well, I don’t know much about catwalks but the catcalls demanding Steve’s protruding head be severed and served up on a silver platter are ear-popping.

What Steve Miller has done is offered an honest opinion that if you’re wobbling about with excessive poundage you’re putting your health at risk.

I’m not one for banning things but I’d be happy to guess that some of the people protesting at Steve’s proposition are some of those who objected to the Yves Saint Laurent skinny ad that was scuppered by UK authorities that deemed it irresponsible for showing 18-year-old model Kiki Willems looking starved.

Both campaigns are at opposite ends of the same spectrum. Just as no woman (or man) should aspire to being dangerously thin so should no woman (or man) think being fat is a good idea.

Of course, everyone should feel at ease with their body and we shouldn’t worry about looking perfect – after all beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But it is delusional to suggest being overweight is aspirational. No it’s not. It’s dangerous.

And for this reason, Steve has invited further opprobrium by stating that supersize model Tess Holliday “needs to get a grip”.

Actually, Steve Miller doesn’t hold back – he writes: “I don’t believe for one minute that she [Tess] is happy and fat, more like depressed and in denial. I hope she sees the light soon before it’s too late and quits putting out the message that fat is cool because it’s not.”

Now, I’ve no reason to doubt Tess is anything less than a lovely woman but I have to agree with Steve that as a size 26 model, she seriously needs to shed some timber.

The 29-year-old American might say she likes being fat and, to be sure, it’s making her a rich lady but what will she be saying when she’s 39 or 49 – if she makes it to that age. I don’t believe that if she had a magic wand that gave her the chance to be a healthy weight, she’d instead choose to retain the lard. I don’t believe that being fat is her preference. But by pretending that it is, she sends out a dangerous message. There are now many people who don’t recognise that they’re seriously overweight simply because they happen to be far slimmer than someone like Tess. And Tess says it’s good to be fat.

At my clinic, I tell clients who suffer anxiety to be happy in themselves and that they shouldn’t worry about what other people think – others don’t have the right to judge; none of us is perfect – we’re all fallible.

Suddenly it might seem I’m being contradictory.

But I’m not.

What I’m saying is that if you’re overweight you don’t owe it to other people to be a healthy size – you owe it to yourself.

And losing weight need not be the daunting ordeal it is commonly perceived to be. No-one needs to be fat. That truism applies as much to Tess Holliday as it does to anyone else. And if I’m wrong I’ll, er, eat my hat. I can’t speak for Steve Miller though.

Posted by in News on June 4, 2015


I’m unsure whether top cops nowadays ever expect to be saluted by MAN UP LOSE WEIGHT. But anyway , Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, I DO salute you. The Metropolitan Police chief has said that porky PCs need to shape up or ship out. And I’d say that’s fair enough, guvnor. Apparently what was once known as the Thin Blue Line is now more like the Fat Blue Line. And Sir Bernard isn’t happy about blobbies on the beat. According to one study, three-quarters of male officers and staff in the Met are overweight. So what? you might wonder. Aren’t most folk nowadays packing more than a bit too much timber. Probably so. But that’s why the NHS is so alarmed – the UK is facing a fat crisis. The nation’s health is in meltdown. And the consequences will be dire unless something is done. Still, it might still seem a bit unfair to pick on poor, old, portly police officers. But aren’t our law enforcers supposed to set us all a good example? We want the Flying Squad fighting crime not the Frying Squad. Sir Bernard says officers have a duty to their colleagues to be fit not fat.


“If they shout for help, they want fit people to come. They don’t want somebody waddling down the road and when they get there they’re out of breath,” says the 57-year-old police chief who himself recently passed the new annual police fitness test. His words are fair comment. The public want their police to MAN UP LOSE WEIGHT now. It’s also fair that the commissioner is offering out-of-shape officers the opportunity to MAN UP LOSE WEIGHT and regain their health. Police who fail the new fitness test will be given time to lose weight and get fitter. And I know, through my work as a therapist at MAN UP LOSE WEIGHT that everyone is capable of achieving such a target. It’s a simple matter of grasping responsibility. And that rule applies to police officers as much as to anyone else. So in my book, Sir Bernard is doing his men and women a favour. He’s giving them the chance to turn around their lives.

He’s giving them a chance to MAN UP LOSE WEIGHT POLICE.

I can understand that the chair of the Police Federation in England, Steve White feels obliged to jump to his members defence by stating, “When officers are working unsocial hours and rushing from job to job if can be extremely difficult for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” My response to that is that the harder and more demanding the job, the greater is the need to be in the best shape possible. I support his sentiment, though, when he says, “It is crucial forces do what they can to allow and encourage their workforce to be as fit and healthy as possible.” Putting the matter into the public domain has been a good start. Let’s hope the advice that follows is sound. And hopefully, the police will help show the rest of the country just what can be achieved. It’s time to MAN UP LOSE WEIGHT Leeds coppers.

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