Could this be the year for you?

Many adults in Scotland eat less than half the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables, despite worrying about how their diet affects their health.
Many adults in Scotland eat less than half the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables, despite worrying about how their diet affects their health.

To get 2017 off to a fine start, a slimming expert from Newton Mearns is sharing her secrets for successful weight loss to help local people make their healthy New Year’s resolutions a reality.

Marlyn Yule, who runs Slimming World groups in Newton Mearns, Giffnock & Clarkston says sustainability is key to weight loss.

She told The Extra: “Lots of people will be making resolutions to lose weight and improve their health this New Year. Successful weight loss isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about keeping it off too. Making temporary changes and going on a ‘diet’ that’s unsustainable in the long-term will only ever be a quick fix, meaning you’ll sadly be bound to regain any weight you lose. The key is to make healthy, realistic changes to your lifestyle that you can keep up for the rest of your life.”

Here’s Marilyn’s top ‘New Year, New You’ tips to do just that.

N – Never go hungry. Most people who embark on New Year diets fail within days or weeks because they follow plans that are too restrictive.

E – Easy changes to make. Believe it or not, if you’re looking to slim for good this New Year you can still cook and enjoy all of your favourite meals, just by tweaking them slightly.

W – Write a weekly plan. Spending some time at the weekend planning your week’s menu can really pay off; you’ll feel fully in control with your healthy eating.

Y – You choose. At home, keep your fridge stocked with filling, natural foods you can snack on such as fresh fruit, vegetable crudités and lean meat. When you’re feeling peckish in between meals you’ll be able to dive right in, rather than eating that extra chunk of cheese or a packet of crisps while dinner’s cooking.

E – Enlist super support. Changing long-term habits can be challenging, and research shows that getting regular, effective support is a vital component in losing weight and keeping it off.

A – Add some activity. It’s important to start off slow and find something you enjoy. Increasing your activity levels could be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the lift or pledging to park the car further away from work.

R – Remove Guilt. We all go off-track sometimes when it comes to making healthy lifestyle changes. When that happens try not to give yourselves a hard time for not being able to stick with it.