Mark Hopkins and David Watchorn of Elwell Watchorn & Saxton LLP were appointed Joint Administrators of Rosemary Conley Food & Fitness Ltd on 3rd of Feb 2014. The Joint Administrators manage the affairs, business and property of the company as agents and act without personal liability.
I have to admit I get frustrated when I read negative press about “diets failing” when people regain their lost weight. It gives the impression that you might as well not bother to try “because it will all go back anyway”.
Overweight is not a curable disease – but it is a manageable one. And, providing your method of dieting to achieve your weight loss incorporates lifestyle change and is not just a quick fix, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t maintain your weight loss long term.
When I first wrote my Hip & Thigh Diet, I ran a trial with around 100 dieters who followed the diet plan for eight weeks. We all know how successful that diet was and, because in the early Nineties the sceptics were still very vocal about weight maintenance, I contacted my trial team to see how they were faring five years on. I found that 71 per cent had kept within 25 per cent of the weight loss they achieved in 1986 when the trial was run.
Many had gone on to lose more weight and were very happy with their new bodies. Some of them send me Christmas cards to this day to tell me they’re still at their goal weight! The most common comment the team made was that low-fat eating was now a way of life. “It’s not a ‘diet’ – it’s just a way of eating.”
There have been features in newspapers and even television programmes about Slimmers of the Year who have regained their weight. And yes, some of them do – though it rarely happens to our winners and finalists. The key is that what we teach really is a lifestyle change – eating less fat all the time and taking regular exercise.
Without such permanent changes to our daily lives, we will find weight maintenance hard. So, if we do go back to the eating habits that made us overweight in the first place, and to being totally inactive, we WILL regain our weight. The diets don’t fail. It is OUR personal decision whether or not to stray from our new healthy eating habits that determines our long-term success.
In this issue of the magazine, we thought you’d be interested to see how some of our Slimmer of the Year finalists have managed to maintain their massive weight losses. Losing their weight, eating low fat and being very active have made all the difference to these inspirational people’s lives. They have CHOSEN to make these lifestyle changes and let’s hope they continue to do so. Every one of them has fallen in love with exercise.
It’s now a big part of their lives and it was incredible to see, when we all met again at our photo session, how their figures had toned up even more and the extra inches that had melted away. They just looked better and better. So I hope that, if you are embarking on a weight-loss campaign and have maybe achieved enormous success already, you will see yourself beyond your goal weight.
As time passes, you will tone up even more, your energy levels will keep growing and your muscles will become stronger. Losing your weight and coming to terms with the new slim you takes time but the rewards are wonderful. Please don’t waste this opportunity.
Here are some tips to help you maintain your weight for ever!
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