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Honey and Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

10th November 2017

Hospital superchef Simon Smith has a really healthy recipe for you – it’s filling, nutritious and very tasty. Make sure you don’t overcook the vegetables so you keep as much of the goodness in them as possible. The chop is delicious with a baked potato.

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Be honest: Are the scales your friend or your foe?

23rd October 2017

ONE of the most common things people in our Slimpod Community on Facebook raise with me is their relationship with the weighing scales. One lady asked if I could help her to understand more about the effect the scales have on her emotions because she

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Drop a size in time for the Christmas partying!!

18th October 2017

YOU ask, we listen! Following a great discussion in our Facebook Slimpod Club community last week, we’ll be launching on October 30th a 30-day drive to Drop a Size In Time For The Christmas Partying! In Slimpod Club between now and October 30th I’ll be

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More great healthy habit building strategies

2nd October 2017

LAST week I gave you three strategies for building new habits.   Make sure you let me know below how you’re doing with them! I also said last week that I’d be building on those and giving you  some more – so here goes! One thing

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Mushroom and sweet pepper stroganoff recipe

28th September 2017

HERE’S a perfect dish for these autumnal evenings – mushroom and sweet pepper stroganoff. It’s packed with goodness and it will warm you through and through. Our hospital superchef Simon Smith says: “This vegetarian take on a traditional Eastern European dish blends the taste of

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How to create good health habits that stick

25th September 2017

RESEARCH shows that habits account for about 40 per cent  of our behaviour every day, so you can understand why it’s so important to create good health habits that stick, because this is one of the key secrets to lasting weight loss. My Autumn Success

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Top tips on achieving your goals consistently

18th September 2017

LAST week I kicked off the Autumn Success Drive and I asked you to set a goal to achieve. I got a lot of feedback about some of your negative feelings towards goals and we’re going to do more on the subject this week. Goals

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Chef Simon’s super-healthy salmon en croute recipe

15th September 2017

ALL of hospital superchef Simon Smith’s recipes for Slimpodders are created with busy people in mind and this week I’d like to share his Salmon en Croute recipe. Enjoy!   SALMON EN CROUTE Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 10 – 15 mins Ingredients

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Let’s lose some inches now the holidays are over

11th September 2017

THE holiday season is over so let’s get motivated and lose some inches! For many people, holidays really mess up daily routines so now’s the chance to get back in the groove and get motivated to shift some inches!  I’m going to help you with

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Simon’s super-healthy five egg Continental baked omelette

22nd August 2017

SUPERCHEF Simon Smith loves eggs because they’re such a healthy food. One of his favourites in his eat-well kitchen at Tameside Hospital, Manchester, is this Continental baked omelette, which is packed with goodness. Simon says: “Eggs have had years of bad publicity when they were

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Healthy recipe: Mediterranean Pork, Chorizo and Pancetta Pot

10th August 2017

  ANOTHER great dish packed with good flavours and quick to produce. Top hospital chef Simon Smith has produced this recipe from his eat-well kitchen at Tameside hospital, Manchester. Simon says: “The pork pot is a traditional Mediterranean dish combining a number of different meats

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Swift Vegan Dhal, another healthy recipe from chef Simon

2nd August 2017

LENTILS are another of our true superfoods and this week our chef Simon Smith has produced a fabulously tasty recipe for vegan dhal, always a favourite with any Indian meal. Simon, head chef at Tameside hospital in Manchester, says: “Lentils, like other beans, are rich

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Why the road to happiness should not be rushed

28th July 2017

I WAS at Tameside Hospital in Manchester on Monday visiting people who are on our  NHS/Slimpod programme and got very emotional when I heard the changes a lot of people are experiencing.  Yes, there’s weight loss, but it’s much deeper than this for so many.

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Healthy recipe: Summer spiced salmon and king prawns

24th July 2017

HERE IS a fabulous spiced salmon recipe from Head Chef Simon Smith at Tameside Hospital, Manchester. Simon says: “Here we are cooking for the summer weather. This lightly grilled salmon, marinated in a spiced oriental sauce is quick and easy to prepare and cook. Perfect

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Simon’s tasty and nutritious Thai chicken satay

6th July 2017

What healthy recipe has Simon Smith, the head chef at Tameside hospital, cooked up for us all this week? He’s whipped up some highly nutritious and quick to cook Thai chicken satay.  It serves 4 and preparation time is only 8 mins. Cooking time is 10

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Catalan Omelette

23rd June 2017

Simon Smith,  the amazing Head Chef from Tameside NHS Trust in Manchester, is helping you to lose weight by creating a lovely healthy recipe each week.  This week he has a lovely variation on an omelette for us. Eggs represent one of nature greatest nutritionally

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Summer Boot Camp’s almost here

5th June 2017

MY super Summer Boot Camp starts on June 12! Get set for summer by taking part in my six week challenge – could this be the push and focus you need to get into those summer clothes? Take some action and boost your motivation. It’s all very

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My NHS dream comes true

28th May 2017

SEVEN years ago I had a dream and now it has become a reality. That dream was to work with the NHS to improve the health and the lives of millions of people. I knew I had something very special to share – something that

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How sugar and fat affect your brain

30th March 2017

JUST read some fascinating research on the World Economic Forum website into how sugar and fat affect your brain. A diet high in sugar and saturated fat doesn’t just cause obesity, heart disease and diabetes but can also affect the way we learn, remember and think.

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Great way of losing your tummy

23rd March 2017

I spent a weekend with my good friend Wendy Powell and what this woman doesn’t know about bodies and fitness isn’t worth knowing! I had my three children a long time ago and I can honestly say I learned an amazing amount from her about losing

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Eating vegetables reduces stress

20th March 2017

EATING vegetables reduces stress – especially among women. That’s the positive finding of some new research I’ve been reading about in the British Medical Journal Open. This is great news because it’s not widely known that stress is one of the reasons many people can

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Join team on wine-tasting fun run

8th March 2017

  LAST year our Slimpod Athlete Darin McCloud took part in a half marathon with a difference.  It was held on a wine estate in Surrey and was literally a wine-tasting fun run!  I was very envious of Darin but didn’t manage to join him

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Finding the positive meaning

8th March 2017

PEOPLE in our private Facebook group, Slimpod Club, are always asking the greatest questions about their weight loss journey. I thought I’d share this one with you in case you missed it – plus the answer from Trevor Silvester, who creates and voices the Slimpods.

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Inspiring Boot Camp feedback

20th February 2017

WE just completed our Slimpod Club six week Boot Camp and I thought I’d share some of the inspiration that came from the people who were there until the end of those six weeks! It’s amazing what can be achieved when you do something consistently

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Three things to do in Week Six

13th February 2017

HAVE you put yourself at the top of your To-Do List for the past five weeks? I know life gets in the way sometimes and it can be so difficult to be focussed on yourself. The thing is even if you have a busy life

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Making weight loss inevitable

7th February 2017

By Trevor Silvester. I KNOW we’re almost halfway through February, but I want to talk about January the 1st!  I always used to think I’d be really busy every January helping people with their New Year resolutions. In fact, in my early days I wasted

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Proof that stress makes you eat more

5th February 2017

IT’S estimated that 75 per cent of people suffer from moderate to high levels of stress – and stress is very much linked to yo-yo dieting.  So my Week Five Boot Camp blog is dedicated to discussing the causes of stress and what you can

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Four ways you can cut down sugar

30th January 2017

BOOT CAMP Week 4 was inspired by a Public Health England sugar reduction summit I attended at which Jeremy Hunt spoke about the need for people to cut down on sugar because of the damage it’s doing to their health. The Health Secretary said the

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Stop sabotaging your weight loss!

23rd January 2017

MY Week 3 Boot Camp video is about limiting beliefs and self-doubt – how they sabotage lasting weight loss (and what you can do about it). Every day I come into contact with people who have a constant battle with their bodies and their weight. 

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Create daily habits to reach your goal

15th January 2017

LAST week’s Boot Camp was all about getting started with meaningful goal-setting.  This week I’ll be giving you tips on the best way to reach those goals you’ve set. Your goals will be your vision for what you want to achieve and as I explained

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Put yourself at the top of your to-do list

9th January 2017

ALL too often we relegate ourselves to the bottom of the pile behind partners, children, parents, work and housework. This has to stop!  We need to be in tip-top condition to meet the demands of our hectic lives, so let’s pledge to crack this here

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Home made spicy Pork Burgers

8th December 2016

As the weather continues to get colder, and the days get shorter and shorter, some times you may find yourself with a comfort food craving that won’t go away. Do you occasionally find yourself fancying a burger?  Well why don’t you do yoursefl a favour

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Quick and Healthy Lunch – Warm Salmon Salad

2nd December 2016

In summer it’s easy to inspire yourself to throw together some cold meat or fish out of the fridge with some salad veggies for a quick and easy salmon salad.  But somehow at this time of year, that seems less appetising, and when the weather

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Really Easy Bone Broth

21st November 2016

Bone broth has been around for years and years but it’s all the rage right now as more and more people are discovering its amazing health benefits. It really is one of the most nourishing broths you can snuggle down with and really packs a

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Shock report on sugar in cola drinks

15th November 2016

IF you drink a lot of Coke or Pepsi and you’re overweight then the reason is obvious: A glass of the dark fizzy stuff contains 35 grams of sugar – that’s about seven teaspoons. And as everyone knows (but a lot of people choose to

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Use the power of positive thinking

15th November 2016

By Trevor Silvester. People ask me about positive thinking and something I say a lot to them is “you feed what you focus on”. By that I mean that our brain is choosing what to pay attention to every moment of the day out of the

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Broccoli Soup with Goats Cheese

15th November 2016

This broccoli soup recipe is great for warming yourself up on a cold, damp November day. Broccoli is a fantastic pick -me -up.  It is a very good source of dietary fibre,  vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, potassium and copper. Broccoli is also

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Carrot, Orange and Pineapple Smoothie

14th November 2016

Here’s a delicious carrot, orange and pineapple smoothie to get your day off to a brilliant start! It’s packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients so makes a great healthy drink to accompany your breakfast in the morning.

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Teach kids about healthy eating

9th November 2016

FRANKLY I’m worried. A new survey reveals that our children don’t really have a clue about healthy eating or the dangers of sugar. And that’s one of the reasons for the shocking rise in child obesity. I was amazed to read many children can’t identify

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Healthy Breakfast: Baked Eggs, Avocado

7th November 2016

Get ready for a show-stopping sugar free healthy breakfast option that’s going to kick start your day and keep you fuelled until lunch! It’s a great way to get all the goodness you need for the morning in one hit. Great for gluten free or

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Apple, Kiwi and Kale Smoothie

7th November 2016

If you’re a fan of green smoothies packed full of goodness, I know you’re going to love this kale smoothie! It’s just what you want for a Monday morning when you’re flying out the door and in need of a boost of goodness after the weekend.

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Blueberry and Green Tea Smoothie

31st October 2016

If you’re in need of a little boost now that winter is setting in, this green tea smoothie is a must try! It’s the queen of antioxidant drinks and blueberries and green tea go hand in hand to give your body brain boosting, vitamin filled goodness.

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Spooky Smoothie Recipes for Halloween

30th October 2016

These lovely colourful smoothie recipes have been provided by super Slimpodder and mum of 2 Debbie O’Connor. There’s a lot for mums to dislike about Halloween, when most children get more sweets and junk food in a day than we would normally give them in

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Sugary breakfast cereals on TV shock

24th October 2016

CHILD obesity is a terrible problem fuelled by the huge amount of sugar we let youngsters eat. Now shocking research has shown that children who see as few as 20 TV adverts for sugary breakfast cereals a week eat an alarming 30 per cent more

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Healthy eating to love your body

24th October 2016

HI THERE, Boot Camper! I’m so happy you’re taking part in this exciting healthy eating extension to the six week Slimpod Boot Camp. Recently, I’ve been focusing on my own nutrition – not just to control my weight but for health, wellbeing and performance. I’ve been feeling really

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I quit sugar and lost 11lbs in 17 days

18th October 2016

IF you want to lose weight and quit sugar by giving up chocolate then you’ll be inspired by what Lauren Goodchild achieved with a Slimpod. “Yes, I was a chocolate addict,” confesses mum-of-two Lauren. “I’d put my children to bed and then leave the baby

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Lose baby fat with ease using Slimpod

18th October 2016

WANT to lose baby fat with ease? You’ll be inspired by Suzanne Trisk’s Slimpod success. As a young mother of two, Suzanne barely had a moment to call her own. Before she started listening to a Slimpod she had no time to think about what

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Healthy Food Guide: 3 issues for £3

13th October 2016

HEALTHY Food Guide magazine has got a special offer for you. If you’re a Slimpodder, you’ll know that our Slimpod programmes retrain your brain to have a better relationship with food.  They do this by helping you to gain pleasure from healthy food (so you

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Slimpodders become Spartans!

10th October 2016

  LOVE this picture! Two happy women pose with the medals they won for completing the super-tough Spartan Sprint race in Windsor Great Park. Over more than three miles they had to do wall climbs, tunnel crawls, log lifts, sand bag carry, wading through water and

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Overcoming that fear of failure

10th October 2016

SOMEONE once said that the only thing we need to be afraid of is fear itself. For many people, this manifests itself when they think about making a real attempt at losing weight but something stops them – the fear of failure. This happens because

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The Big Sugar Reduction Plan

10th October 2016

THE Sugar Reduction plan was launched on September 29, 2916, as part of the Government’s child obesity strategy. As I’m part of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Obesity, I was there to see the launch. Nearly a third of children aged 2 – 15 are

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Stepping stones to happiness

4th October 2016

By Trevor Silvester. QUITE regularly we get emails from Slimpodders who got off to a great start and then found themselves slipping. When we delve a little we very often find they’ve forgotten to reset their short term weight loss goal. The thing is, our brain

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Boot Camp: Your Week 3 update

3rd October 2016

WOW!  You’ve completed three weeks of the Slimpod Club Boot Camp! So it’s time for a little reflection about the past 21 days. How’s it been for you? I’m not sure about you, but I’m guilty of galloping through life. Every day is so busy with the demands of

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Week 2: Developing good habits daily

19th September 2016

WHAT a fabulous start we had to our six week boot camp.  Over 100 of you joined up and Slimpod Club live chat was buzzing on Wednesday evening. I’m loving the chat in the teams and I can see that most of you have posted

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Slimpod Club Boot Camp briefing

13th September 2016

LET’S get motivated and shift some inches! The Slimpod Club Boot Camp this Autumn is about losing weight and having fun along the way.  You’ll learn how to set effective goals and achieve them with the help of the group (and me!) keeping you accountable. It’s really

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Healthy meals inspiration for you

6th September 2016

HEALTHY nutritious meals all the family will enjoy are always a favourite. So we fired up the Slimpod Kitchen and with the help of our masterchef Charlotte we’ve come up with six ideas you might find useful.

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Inspiring Slimpod stories: amazing Anni!

28th June 2016

FEW of the inspiring Slimpod stories I get are as unique as the one I just love from Anni Cameron, of Winsford, Cheshire. She’s about to do a fun run to raise money – to get herself a new lightweight wheelchair for her favourite sport of

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Choose healthier food, feel good like Kate

28th June 2016

CHOOSE healthier food and you’ll lose weight! The basis of our Slimpod is that it re-educates years of unconscious behaviours around food and this enables you to choose healthier and eat the appropriate amount to satisfy you. Food has evolved to mean so much more than merely

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Running for fun makes Darin a star

28th June 2016

HAVE you seen the hashtag #medalmonday on Facebook? It’s the lovely way a group of runners inspire each other by showing each other the medals they’ve won every weekend. You’ll have seen the remarkable story of Slimpodder Darin McCloud in the emails I send out.

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Falling off the wagon? Not with Slimpod

28th June 2016

By Trevor Silvester. ONE of the problems with diets is that they break – we call it falling off the wagon. It’s inevitable that at some time during your torturous journey to your target weight, using whatever unnatural or boringly restrictive method the diet advocates, your

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Counting calories can harm weight loss

13th June 2016

Counting calories keeps food at the front of your mind, which means you’re forced to constantly think about it. So should you be counting calories or points when you’re on a Slimpod programme? This is the first of a series of blog posts where I’ll be answering

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Weight loss & mind: grandma knew best

1st June 2016

When people start on our Slimpod programmes, they generally begin to notice changes in their behaviour towards food and exercise.  Maybe a certain food doesn’t seem so appetising any more, maybe they are motivated to do a certain exercise that they had never considered before.

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Food Revolution Day inspiration, recipes

19th May 2016

AT Thinking Slimmer we just love Jamie Oliver and what he’s doing to educate the world into healthier eating habits. So for the third year running we’re giving our full support to Jamie’s Food Revolution Day on Friday May 20. This year Jamie will be hosting

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Healthy fun exercise – all the know-how

16th May 2016

WHEN  Mollie Millington “The Personal Happiness Trainer” was our guest in Slimpod Club recently she answered members’ questions on healthy fun exercise and gave some really great advice. Mollie (pictured) is an holistic health coach and a UK Athletics running coach and is a regular

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Healthy food makes the inches melt away

16th May 2016

FOR the next four weeks we’re going to have fun with food – not any old food but the right healthy food that will help the inches dissolve! We know that the Slimpod helps you automatically make healthier choices (because we’re all *supposed* to have learned

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Use discipline to hit weight loss goals

9th May 2016

WEIGHT loss discipline is this week’s tiopic. As you’re the proud owner of a Slimpod you’ll already know how easy the programme is and you’ll be experiencing just how amazing your own mind is! So for week two of the eight-week Summer boot camp I thought I

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Save 45% with MuTu special offer

6th May 2016

HERE’S a MuTu special offer that will save you money! My good friend Wendy Powell is 45 today (July 6) and she’s celebrating by offering YOU 45 per cent off her globally successful, multiple award-winning solution to “mummy tummy” – the MuTu system. Happy birthday, Wendy!

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Week One of your summer body boost

3rd May 2016

LET’S get started on our Summer Body Boost boot camp, an exclusive event for members of Slimpod Club, our private Facebook group. As you know, an essential part of the Slimpod programme is goalsetting so we’ll kick the next eight weeks off by working out

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Vloggers! This video is specially for you

25th April 2016

ARE you a vlogger or a blogger who enjoys a bit of vlogging? Would you like to lose some weight for the summer – without dieting, without cravings and without willpower? Yes, it can be done, vloggers! This blog tells you how.

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Joy of Slimpod Marathon runner No 5

25th April 2016

MARATHON runners are amazing! Six years ago, when Slimpods were launched, Smirti Kotecha was one of the first people to achieve success by losing weight and keeping it off. Now I’m even more proud of her because she’s become the fifth Slimpodder to run the

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Share the magic of our Slimpod Club

20th April 2016

THOUGHT I’d share with everyone a little glimpse into our private Slimpod Club group on Facebook because it’s a source of constant inspiration for our Slimpod members and me, too! I just love the group and the magical changes that people experience to their eating habits

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Jamie Oliver’s sugar tax victory for kids

16th March 2016

Great news!  George Osborne is introducing a sugar tax on soft drink manufacturers to start in 2018. This is a great result for all of us who are worried about the effects sugar is having on everyone’s health and wellbeing. Jamie Oliver has been one of the leading stars

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Learning to relax with a Chillpod

15th March 2016

By Mollie Millington, The Happiness Personal Trainer and running coach It is funny to admit I had to learn to relax.  My family always gives me grief for being ‘too busy’ and over-committed.  I tend to either be running at 100mph or stuck on the

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Depriving yourself makes you eat more

9th March 2016

DEPRIVING yourself by trying to use willpower to make yourself eat less, won’t work! Scientists have discovered that women who were making a conscious decision to deprive themselves of calories – which is just a long-winded way of saying dieting! – ate 40 per cent more

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Sugar in porridge has become personal

30th November 2015

HIDDEN sugar in porridge has really got me angry! I’m always trying to make people aware of the dangers of hidden sugar so I consider myself to be quite astute as far as the deadly white stuff goes!  But here’s something that happened the other

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Hypnotherapy for losing weight is so easy

24th November 2015

Hypnotherapy for losing weight is probably the easiest way to lose weight because unlike dieting it requires no willpower – in fact, no conscious effort at all! Imagine being able to lose weight without even thinking about it. That’s the huge appeal of hypnotherapy for losing

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Weight loss recipes for healthy eating

24th November 2015

WEIGHT loss recipes are an important tool for anyone who’s serious about losing weight and keeping it off by changing their lifestyle. Knowing what foods to eat and making full use of the art of sugar-free cooking is vital for health and wellbeing

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World Diabetes Day: Beware fruit juice

13th November 2015

TODAY is World Diabetes Day and Thinking Slimmer is proud to give its support to this worldwide campaign to raise awareness of what causes diabetes and what we can all do to help prevent it. The current theme of World Diabetes Day is healthy living

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Jamie Oliver sugar in food shock video

5th November 2015

FEW people realise just how much sugar we consume in everyday food. So I was really excited when I came across this Jamie Oliver sugar in food video the other day because it explains precisely how many unnecessary calories we’re putting into our bodies

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We’re looking for our Slimpod Stars 2015

3rd November 2015

At Thinking Slimmer we love celebrating and acknowledging the achievement of people who’ve been empowered by Slimpods and each year we have special awards for inspirational people within our community. In the past we’ve had people who’ve

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SAD syndrome and sugar’s part in it

2nd November 2015

Dark nights getting you down? You may be suffering from SAD syndrome – Seasonal Affective Disorder. An estimated two million people in the UK are hit by SAD syndrome from November to March – symptoms are grumpiness, fatigue and feeling down. 

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Sugary drinks: Jamie wants clearer label

2nd November 2015

Jamie Oliver’s latest idea in his crusade against added sugar is to change the labelling system on sugary drinks. He thinks the bottles should show very clearly how much added sweet stuff is in sugary drinks. The idea behind this new labelling system for sugary

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Cutting sugar improves health in 9 days

27th October 2015

CUTTING down sugar can lower blood pressure and cholesterol in only nine days, says a new study reported on in the Telegraph. Children taking part were given a meal plan with the same amount of calories that they were eating before the trial, but with a

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Sugar in ready meals: More than in Coke

26th October 2015

MANY people never even think about the amount of sugar in ready meals. So a study just out will shock them – because it found that some supermarket ready meals contain almost twice as much sugar as a can of Coca-Cola. I’ve been saying for years

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Drink water to lose weight, experts say

12th October 2015

DRINK water to lose weight. That’s what a study carried out at the University of Birmingham appears to show – that drinking up to a pint of water before meals could help obese adults with weight loss. The study will now be followed up with

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Sugar in drinks kills 184,000 a year

10th October 2015

Scientists are advising people across the globe to reduce their intake of sugar in drinks. A study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation suggests that up to one in 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases can be directly attributed

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Sugary sweets banned at the checkout

22nd September 2015

SUGARY sweets at the checkout are being removed by Morrisons, I’m delighted to report. The supermarket chain joins Tesco and Lidl in banning sugar-filled temptations by the queues so that will make it a lot easier for everyone. Sainsbury’s have also taken sugary

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Willpower: The science of why it fails

25th August 2015

IF you’ve been on a diet and decided to use willpower to cut out cakes, biscuits, sugary foods – in fact, most of the things you really love – then I’m sure you’ll remember how difficult supermarket shopping became. Willpower was probably enough to get you

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Creating healthy habits the easy way

25th August 2015

CREATING a habit is easy – especially a bad one! An overweight person will tell you how simple it was to fall into bad eating habits and put on weight.  They didn’t even have to think about it! But they’ll also tell you how difficult

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Water with an added sparkle for Summer

12th June 2015

ADD a sparkle to your water to make Flaming June even more enjoyable. Nice warm days stretching out into long cool balmy evenings – or something like that. People are getting out on their bikes, going for long walks, playing tennis…even if the weather is not 

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Smaller portion sizes thanks to Slimpod

11th June 2015

BLOGGER Erin Ek Rush is noticing remarkable differences in her smaller portion sizes and her relationship with food as she enjoys her  Slimpod programme. “One of the first things I noticed about the Slimpod was that my portion size shrunk instantly and effortlessly,” she says. “I

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Nuts are healthy and make you live longer

11th June 2015

UNLESS you’re a squirrel with an allergy, here’s some great news: eating nuts every day can help you live longer! Just a handful every day could substantially lower the risk of early death, according to research in Holland. It’s been known for a while that eating nuts

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Exercise is all about the feelgood factor

11th June 2015

By Trevor Silvester WHEN we think about doing something like exercise, our brain has a choice of going in one of three directions. It can head into the past and look at what exercise has felt like for you, and use that to either

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Sugar tax? We need health warnings

11th June 2015

IF YOU ask what’s most effective, the carrot or the stick, most people will unhesitatingly say it’s the carrot. We instinctively understand that persuasion not punishment is the way to influence people and change their behaviour. So I’m puzzled how doctors and academics

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Bloggers hold clues to winning a Slimpod

17th May 2015

WE’RE getting to that time of year again… summer! The first hot days – and some rain! – have appeared and it’s starting to feel a bit like summer.  The children are nearly on half term again, and that means it really is only a couple

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Salmon parcel recipe: Quick and healthy!

15th May 2015

SALMON is such a tasty, healthy fish and it’s so easy to cook in just 20 minutes. Slimpodder Debbie O’Connor has shared this great recipe for a salmon parcel that’s quick, simple and very good for you! Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium.

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Inspiring! That’s the only word for Darin

15th May 2015

SOME people are so inspiring! And Darin McCloud is right at the top of the list of people I admire. He’s one of our greatest Slimpodders, having transformed himself from a 20-stone couch potato into an athlete and cyclist. Having lost almost 70lbs with his Slimpod

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Forgiving yourself crucial for weight loss

15th May 2015

By Trevor Silvester YOU’VE probably heard the saying, “You’re either your own best friend or your own worst enemy.” I certainly find this to be true of my weight loss clients, and I think one of the reasons the Slimpod Club is such

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Confidence in Slimpod: No surgery

15th May 2015

SLIMPODDER Wendy Brotherwood, from Surrey, is proud of what she has achieved by Thinking Slimmer – and so she should be. She’s sent me a lovely before and after picture and adds modestly: “I’m not sure this picture shows much difference but if you could

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Food Revolution Day: Join Jamie Oliver

15th May 2015

FOR the second year running, Thinking Slimmer’s backing Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day today. Around the world there are a staggering 42 million children who are either overweight or obese and Jamie says: “With diet-related diseases rising at an alarming rate

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Sugar makes brain prefer treat to money

11th May 2015

I’M going to tell you something that might surprise you: people who consume lots of sugar packed foods would rather have an immediate sweet treat than be rewarded with money later. How weird is that? Well, it’s not weird at all – it’s actually very common!

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8 great ways to Get Set For Summer

29th April 2015

TWITTER and the web went a bit crazy over the advertising for a weight loss product which features a slender model in a bikini with the slogan Are You Beach Body Ready? I can understand why a lot of people were upset because summer can be

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Spicy lentil soup created Linda’s way

15th April 2015

Slimpodder Linda Warner has come up with a great way to prepare a big batch of lunches all at once, and save herself time in the kitchen. Here is her recipe for Spicy Lentil Soup – this quantity is for batch cooking. I’d be really excited

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Brain power: Plan ahead for weight loss

14th April 2015

By Trevor Silvester WE have amazing brains. We’re probably the only species which can forward plan to the degree that we can – useful if you’ve got a big event some months in the future that you want to look your best for. It means

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DECHOX: Give up chocolate for a month!

26th February 2015

DECHOX is here! Can you give up chocolate for a month like Corrie star Kym Marsh? Chocolate’s one of those guilty pleasures that’s actually easy to give up if you have the right help – our Chocoholic Cure Slimpod. So here’s your chance to put it

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Eating disorders: Blame diets, not food

24th February 2015

WE all know what the problem is: The western world is full of overweight people, an estimated two billion according to the World Health Organisation. Many people claim to know the answer: Put them on a diet so they eat less. Eating disorders problem solved. Except

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Ease the stress of emotional eating

16th February 2015

STRESS and emotional eating have an extraordinary effect on our food habits, and emotional eating brought on by anxiety is a major reason why more and more people are overweight. The more pressurised life becomes, the more people turn to food in a vain attempt

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Official: Butter isn’t bad for you after all

10th February 2015

BUTTER has got the health all-clear at last. There’s some things we just know are bad for us: smoking, drinking too much, breathing in traffic fumes. But eating butter? Is that rich creamy delight really a killer? The medical profession has been telling us for 30 years

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Why do we keep eating fructose?

10th February 2015

RESEARCH into fructose proves the old saying “a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” Fructose – a cheap yet powerful sweetener added to so much of our food – makes us put on fat round our waists and many experts consider it is

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Feeling hungry? You might need water

30th January 2015

WATER has a big part to play in weight loss. It’s an amazing fact that our bodies are made up of roughly 75 per cent water – in our brains it’s even higher at 85 per cent. You’ll be surprised where we keep all this liquid: muscles are

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Guardian angel and my 70lbs weight loss

18th January 2015

IN just 12 months, mum of two Karen Christmas has lost five stone listening to her Slimpod – and her weight loss is continuing! Her achievement is an inspiration for anyone who’s tried every diet going and given up hope that anything will ever work. Every day, mum of

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Walking 20 minutes a day to live longer

15th January 2015

I WANT you to promise me something: Once you’ve read this article, you’ll go out and spend a brisk 20 minutes walking. Because walking daily can add years to your life, scientists have discovered. Research at Cambridge University reveals that lack of exercise kills twice as

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Are you up for the Slimpod Challenge 10?

7th January 2015

SO who fancies starting the New Year with a fabulously healthy goal? How would you like to become part of a virtual team whose aim is to run 10 miles in 10 months? We’ve teamed up with Slimpodder Kirsty Taylor-Gallop, who last October started a great project

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Six reasons why a diet doesn’t work

6th January 2015

ARE you wondering why your diet doesn’t work? Maybe you began the year with the same old weight-loss resolution and said to yourself: “This will be the last time.” Surprise surprise, the diet doesn’t work in the long term. An estimated 25 million start dieting again

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Goals: Make them really count this time

6th January 2015

LET’S start the New Year with some really meaningful goals! Most successful people are goals orientated. They take time to identify what it is they want and they build up a really clear and detailed picture of what achieving the goals will look and feel like.

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Weight loss targets: how to hit them!

21st October 2014

WEIGHT loss targets are important and so is keeping your success log. I’m frequently being asked why we suggest that people write down the three “positives” in their success log each night, so I thought I’d explain a little more. This will be especially beneficial to people

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Our Slimpod Autumn Success Drive

5th October 2014

I’m thrilled by all the positive responses we received after we announced the upcoming launch of our Autumn Success Drive on Tuesday. I’d love you to join all the others who’ll be taking part so here’s some tips to get you started. Basically, it’s time to dust off

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Slimpod made my perfect wedding look

2nd October 2014

Many congratulations to Laura Pettit, who used one of our Slimpod downloads to help make her wedding dress fit perfectly for her big day. Laura, a 28-year-old blogger from Cheltenham, started listening to her Slimpod in March and by the time of her wedding

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Slight Edge gives your weight loss a boost

28th September 2014

THE Slight Edge is a way of forming good habits by using simple daily disciplines which you repeat consistently over time. Slimpod Club regular Sarah Woods has used it and has an inspiring story for all of you who want to boost your weight loss. At her

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Social media study: Testers wanted

18th September 2014

Wanted:  Fanatical Facebook, Twitter or Google + users to take part in a habit changing challenge using the power of social media…Are you fanatical on Facebook, talkative on Twitter or like a good gossip on Google+?  Are you looking to do any of the following?

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Obesity: At last, a new NHS approach

18th September 2014

OBESITY is like a slow-motion car crash that could cripple the NHS, says its new chief executive, Simon Stevens. Well, we can’t say we haven’t been warned. Mr Stevens considers that obesity is a bigger threat to health and public finances than smoking. 

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Pauline Quirke: My personal letter to her

17th September 2014

Actress Pauline Quirke is in the news again – apparently she has regained some of the weight she lost two years ago.  This is what I would like to say to her… Dear Pauline Quirke, I hope you will excuse me writing to you personally like this

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Lose weight, live longer by standing up

11th September 2014

LOSE weight in a way that’s a guaranteed,  costs nothing, requires virtually no effort and can be done almost anywhere. How good does that sound? It’s called standing up. Do you know that if you stand up for five minutes every half hour of an eighthour

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Inspiration at the Games from ‘fat bloke’

26th July 2014

IMAGINE a 16-stone, chain-smoking chocoholic with high blood pressure deciding to run the marathon. That’s what Steve Way did at the Commonwealth Games, when he finished an amazing tenth. He is an inspiration and proof that if you want something 

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Family activities: 10 ideas to keep moving

24th July 2014

FAMILY activities are important once school’s out for summer so how can you resist the call of the sofa, get your daily quota of exercise and keep the children amused at the same time? Here’s 10 fun ideas for you. For many parents the holidays mean a bit

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I can’t control eating when she’s at school

21st July 2014

By Debbie O’Connor of Motivating Mum MY daughter came running out of her new school and spoke words to strike fear into my heart.  “Mum, the canteen is awesome! I can eat whatever I like in there!” Like many mums, I am going through one of

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Motivation: How can you rediscover it?

9th July 2014

MOTIVATION is so important and being in a group can help. However, one way in which Slimpod differs from other weight loss programmes is you do it alone at home and you don’t have to go to any classes, weigh-ins or clubs. Some people find that a

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Dehydration and its effect on the brain

23rd June 2014

DEHYDRATION is much more common in the summer, so it’s good to remember the importance of beating dehydration by drinking with good old fashioned WATER!! While most of us understand that dehydration can have medical complications studies

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Exercise: Check you do it hard enough

16th June 2014

EXERCISE is good for us but how many of us know how much we need to do to make a real difference?  I read some research reported in the New York Times the other day which made me think. It seems most of us seriously

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Win a copy of the 12 week MuTu system

11th June 2014

When people are losing weight with a Slimpod, they find themselves instinctively wanting to combine healthy eating  with some regular  exercise, starting gently and building up as they get fitter.  The Mutu System is the perfect partner…

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Sugar: Killing the world but who cares?

20th May 2014

THERE are no punches pulled about sugar in the film Fed Up, which is causing a storm in America, the land of the free and the land of the obese. “This film unearths the dirty secret of the American food industry,” the trailer states boldly. “Junk food

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From couch potato to cycling across Cuba

16th May 2014

HE was a couch potato but now the amazing Darin McCloud is a wonderful inspiration to anyone who thinks their weight problem can never be beaten. In just over two years, Darin’s Slimpod has helped him turn his life around completely and achieve

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Custard apple and dragon fruit milkshake

16th May 2014

By Lesley Smith, guest blogger. HERE’S a fun and healthy drink you can make with your kids on Food Revolution Day – the custard apple and dragon fruit milkshake. Custard apple? Sounds amazing, doesn’t it – and it is. It’s not really an apple at all actually

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Healthy lifestyle for a family: 5 top tips

15th May 2014

By Nichola Whitehead, guest blogger. HEALTHY lifestyle for all the family stems from healthy eating. So how do you achieve this for all your family members? In my video I’ve outlined five of the most important factors for a healthy lifestyle which will leave you feeling more energised

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Eat healthy veg – your mother was right!

15th May 2014

By Mollie Millington, guest blogger. EAT healthy veg! Remember how your mum always told you to eat your vegetables? She was right! In a day and age where so many foods are easily accessible in a shop (but come in a wrapper as a processed food)

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Butter or margarine to spread the love?

14th May 2014

By Lyndon Gee, guest blogger. BUTTER or margarine? As a health and food writer I’m often asked which I prefer. That’s a good question with healthy eating for children on the agenda for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day. Where did the controversy about butter v margarine

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Junk food – we’ll die out like dinosaurs

9th May 2014

JUNK food really concerns me because mankind could unwittingly be going the way of the dinosaurs. That’s why I’m supporting TV chef Jamie Oliver. Let me explain: The great advances in medicine, nutrition and hygiene we’ve enjoyed

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Are you up for Slimpod 838 Challenge?

30th April 2014

ON your marks, get set…GO! The Slimpod 838 Challenge is off and running (or walking, cycling or swimming actually). The idea is that during the month of May Slimpodders complete a virtual John O’Groats to Land’s End relay. It’s called the 838 Challenge because

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Weight loss wizard’s cycling across Cuba

23rd April 2014

WEIGHT loss wizard Darin McCloud is truly an ordinary person doing extraordinary things. Tomorrow he’s flying to Cuba to take part in a 195-mile cycle ride. What makes that so extraordinary? Well, three years ago Darin weighed over 20 stones

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Losing weight’s like running the marathon

17th April 2014

LOSING weight is a challenge, and seeing all those magnificent marathon runners made me think about what drives them to take up their huge physical and mental challenge. My dictionary defines motivation as “the desire or willingness to do

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Slimpods show me food is a fuel I burn

14th April 2014

TO go from almost giving up on your weight to becoming a two-times London Marathon runner is a huge achievement. That’s what Becca Jones has done and I’m really pleased she’s agreed to write this guest blog in the hope it will inspire others

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Slimpod + MuTu changes a mum’s life

26th March 2014

WE all know what having a baby can do to your figure so I was thrilled to read an amazing message of hope from a new mum who’s on the Slimpod + MuTu programme. Her name is Amy and she’s got an inspiring story to tell:

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Breast cancer risk cut by being active

19th March 2014

BREAST cancer is a horrible disease and I’d dearly love to get the women of the world walking every day – because new research shows that being active dramatically reduces your chances of getting breast cancer. Most of us understand that keeping our weight down

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Achieve and believe, great things happen

17th March 2014

I’M bursting to show you the most remarkable pictures I’ve ever seen that show the power of Slimpods to help you believe and achieve. This is Darin with double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes at the weekend as they competed together

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Healthy eating is vital for your career

17th March 2014

By Hannah Martin, guest blogger THERE are plenty of excellent reasons for taking good care of your body and ensuring you enjoy healthy eating of a balanced diet – better health and confidence, and look and feel great. But have you ever considered the effect

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Achieving a 30-year Marathon dream

1st March 2014

“IT’S only taken 30 years – but it’s never too late to reach your dreams.” Those are the inspiring words of Barbara Greenwood, who after a lifetime of battling with her weight has realised her dream by running in the London marathon and has raised well over

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Weight Beryl lost stays off, two years later

19th February 2014

GOT this letter today and it has filled me with pride. It’s from a lovely lady called Beryl Turner who found a new lease life two years ago after losing more than 28lbs with her Slimpod at the age of 71.  “For the first time I’ve

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Flatter tummy that looks how you want it

11th February 2014

THOUSANDS of women are experiencing lasting, effortless weight loss with a Slimpod. And thousands are discovering a strong core, a flatter tummy and all-over tone and fitness with MuTu System. When both are used together – Slimpod + MuTu

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The drink you love: it is just liquid sugar?

5th February 2014

ONE of the quickest ways to lose weight is to cut down on alcohol because booze is often little more than liquid sugar. You might be surprised to learn exactly how much of the sweet stuff is in your favourite tipple. That old saying “What’s your

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Anxiety: ‘Mind stuff’ helps me conquer it

3rd February 2014

I DON’T often blow my own horn but I really feel I need to write about something that happened last week which shows just how powerful the unconscious is, how it can work so well for us – and unfortunately work against us, too.

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Imagine yourself in Jenni Falconer gear

21st January 2014

MY favourite fitness gear by miles is by Jenni Falconer, so I thought I’d give two people the chance to win a fab outfit plus a Slimpod of their choice. Total value of each of the two prizes is over £100. January and February are traditionally the

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Happiness of a Slimpod winner!

20th January 2014

I just needed to tell everyone about this because it’s amazing how things happen in life. Last year we worked with Prima magazine and ran a competition giving away Slimpods. A few months later I had an email from a lady who had won one

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Unconscious mind’s role in losing weight

13th January 2014

I’M often asked about the conscious and unconscious minds – what they are and how they work in relation to Slimpods. Well first, what’s the difference between the two parts of our minds and what’s it got to do with weight loss?

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Losing weight makes me young again!

11th January 2014

“LOSING weight is not just watching what we eat, psychology has to play a huge part too.” So says Helen Davies, a Slimming World woman of the year who lost five stone on their eating plan but knew that only a change in her mindset would

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Mindset: Losing weight’s all in the head

9th January 2014

HERE’S an amazing fact about mindset: Most women who go on a diet give up after five weeks and two days. So why do so many people keep on doing it year after year? Because it’s a habit. We think dieting or going to the gym

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Flat tummy: How to get it and feel great

7th January 2014

A flat tummy seems to be the holy grail of the fitness world. The problem is, there are too many misconceptions about how to actually achieve one. So says fitness expert Charlene Hutsebaut. So I asked her for advice on how best to get the flat tummy

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Food and diets are no longer my master

7th January 2014

I LOVE getting your emails, texts and messages about food and diets because you tell me the most brilliant stories about how your lives are changing because of Slimpods. A couple of days ago I was thrilled by this email from Denise Gray

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Goals: Look what mine achieved for me

1st January 2014

IT’S that time of year again when everyone talks about setting goals. So as I’m always extolling the virtues of good goal-setting I thought I would write about how my 2013 goals worked for me and what my plans are for 2014. When goals are set properly

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Caffeine – ditch it for a winter body boost

27th December 2013

IF you’re having a lie-down in a darkened room you won’t need me to tell you how awful stress can feel. Trouble is, when we’re stressed our bodies are less resistant to infection. So it’s important to keep calm and carry on.

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Stress of shopping too much for you?

27th December 2013

THE stress of battling your way round the shops can be a nightmare so you need to be able to chill out. In fact, I read a survey recently in which almost a quarter of us view shopping at busy times of the year as creating

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Exercise everywhere on-the-go workouts

27th December 2013

PHEW! When life’s a bit hectic then usually something has to give and too often it’s exercise that suffers. So here’s how to keep your body moving on the go. Remember gentle exercise and stretching works wonders at relieving stress.

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Tea’s so good for health and wellbeing

26th December 2013

DID you know that tea, a drink that’s been around for thousands of years, has some amazing properties? Green tea can help control your weight, according to research I read. White tea can help you look younger by smoothing out the wrinkles. Black tea 

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Hangovers: Food and drink that will help

18th December 2013

I’VE been asking a few experts about hangover cures – what to eat and drink and what to avoid. The trick, it seems isto restock your body with fluids and essential nutrients like fructose, vitamins, animo acids and minerals. They can help break down toxins

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Why a good soak works wonders

14th December 2013

TREAT yourself to a good soak in the bath and use a few drops of oil to help you to relax.Many of us have nice smelly oils in the bathroom (maybe a gift at Christmas) but do we all know the benefits they can bring?

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Slimmer Sarah star of Woman magazine

2nd December 2013

I love it when one of our Slimpod ladies decides to knock ’em dead and do a glamorous photoshoot for a magazine. Sarah Elliston is our latest success story and she looked absolutely fab in a full-page feature in the Christmas issue of Woman.

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Lose mummy tummy with super Mutu

28th November 2013

MUMMY tummy can be hard to shift so I’m always looking for fitness programmes that will complement our Slimpods and Fitpods. I was very excited when I discovered the Mutu® system. I’m pleased to be able to recommend it

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What our Slimpod Stars want for Xmas

28th November 2013

WHEN I had some of our Slimpod Stars gathered together in a studio for a photoshoot in Debenhams’ fabulous Oxford Street store, I switched on the video camera and asked them what they wanted for Christmas. It put them on the spot and their

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Fitness and wellbeing: The vital questions

21st November 2013

FITNESS and wellbeing always throw up lots of questions, so here’s the answers to a lot of them. When top London health and wellness coach Mollie Millington – aka @PTMollie – was a guest in our Facebook Slimpod Club she offered loads of great advice on fitness.

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Sunshine – soak it up for winter wellness

13th November 2013

SUNLIGHT is so magical. The only trouble is, there’s hardly nine hours of daylight in the UK in mid-winter.  Here’s why our bodies need sunlight – because it helps produce vitamin D, which keeps up our immune system so we can fight off germs.

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Fatty liver: What you can eat and drink

11th November 2013

A LADY emailed me today to tell me she’s just been diagnosed with a fatty liver and wanted to know what she should and shouldn’t eat. This problem is becoming more and more common, largely because of our modern-day diet, so I was happy to give her

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‘Healthy drink’ can put on weight

11th November 2013

DID you know there’s something you might be drinking every day because you think it’s a healthy drink which is actually making you put on weight? When I was a  girl, my mum always used to tell me to drink lots of orange juice because it would

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Katie slips back into her party dress

5th November 2013

WHEN Katie Dial’s favourite party dress wouldn’t do up by four whole inches of zip, she vowed she would lose enough weight in 10 weeks to be able to slip back into it. And she did! By listening to one of our Slimpods she not only

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Making the best use of your pumpkin!

29th October 2013

THERE is nothing better than eating seasonal fruit and veg – and pumpkins, and other members of the squash family, are at their best in late autumn. Not only is a Hallowe’en pumpkin super tasty, it also has incredible health benefits – so when you’re pumpkin carving

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Most diets are an 8-day wonder

16th October 2013

DIET? It’ll last a week. That was the big headline in my morning paper, although I have to say it’s hardly news to millions of people. We’ve all been there, haven’t we – we know that when losing weight involves willpower it hardly ever works in the long

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Junk food: Fix what it does to your heart

15th October 2013

JUNK food damages your heart, so thank goodness for the pomegranate. It’s an amazing fruit because not only does it taste good, it does you good as well. Heart specialists have discovered it could undo some of the damage done by junk food

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Pre-menstrual? Beat monthly munchies

15th October 2013

DO you get what I call the monthly munchies? Many women crave chocolate in particular when they’re pre-menstrual, which suggests there can be a hormonal basis for it. When we eat sweet and high-fat foods, including chocolate, serotonin is released

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Is your doctor turning you into an addict?

2nd October 2013

FOUR out of five doctors routinely prescribe drugs to patients even though they believe they are addicted to them. That is the alarming finding of a survey by the Family Doctors Association. Official statistics estimate that about 1.5 million NHS patients may

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Ainsley Harriott’s meal planning tips

1st October 2013

TV cook Ainsley Harriott has some great tips on how you can cook more healthy meals for your family  and I’ve chosen my favourites from the Change4Life website. We’re working with the experts at Change4Life to spread the healthy lifestyle message

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Healthy eating: Five top tips you’ll enjoy

1st October 2013

HEALTHY eating is all about eating what we need not what we want. We were all brought up to finish the food on our plates, but sometimes it’s more than we really need. As a national partner of the Department of Health’s Change4Life campaign we’re working

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Ease your kids into healthier snacks

1st October 2013

KNOW the real problem with the snacks kids like most? They’re often the ones with the most fat, salt and sugar in  them – and they need healthier snacks. As an official national partner of the Department of Health’s Change4Life campaign, we’re working

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Workout at home with PT Mollie’s tips

1st October 2013

I’VE asked my friend Mollie Millington, better known as health and wellness coach PTMollie, to show you some of her brilliant routines because our research at Thinking Slimmer shows that your Slimpod’s probably making you feel motivated to become fitter

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I climbed Everest and put on weight!

30th September 2013

IMAGINE what it feels like to use all of your energy to climb three miles up Mount Everest only to discover you’ve put on weight. That’s what happened to Karen Bosman. But back at sea level she’s found her Slimpod has helped her lose weight easily

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Trevor Silvester: Is it too good to be true?

30th September 2013

Trevor Silvester is one of the world’s leading experts in changing behaviour through the use of words and is the Voice of the Slimpods. One of the questions Trevor Silvester is asked most often is: “Can a Slimpod really work in 21 days?” His honest answer

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Amanda Ursell: Healthy eating advice

30th September 2013

Amanda Ursell, one of the UK’s leading nutritionists, has great advice on better breakfasts, fruit versus biscuits, stay-awake lunches. They’re all in this blog on healthy eating which she’s written  for Thinking Slimmer. Amanda Ursell’s the author of numerous books

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Top five stability ball exercises

30th September 2013

Stability ball may look like a space hopper without handles, but it’s a fantastic investment for those who want to do simple workouts at home. I’ve put together a few stability ball exercises below but there is so much you can do – why not send

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Tim Drummond: Don’t trust your scales

30th September 2013

Don’t Trust Your Scales! They lie to you. OK maybe that is a little over dramatic, they will hopefully tell you the correct weight. However what you can learn from that may not be what you think. That’s the view of Sexy in the City trainer

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Beginner’s guide to running

30th September 2013

HERE’S some expert advice on getting started at running. Because if you feel you want to get started on a new fitness regime then running could be the best option for you – and it’s never too late to start. Slimpod stars Darin McCloud and Becca Jones, who

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Tim Drummond: Principles of fat loss

30th September 2013

There’s a lot of nonsense written about fat loss through exercise, so here’s the expert facts from someone who knows. I’m really happy to welcome top trainer Tim Drummond, of Sexy In The City, as a guest blogger. Here’s his expert views on the principles of fat loss:

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So proud of our Marathon Slimpodders

28th September 2013

STANDING in the pouring rain outside Buckingham Palace today, waiting for the Thinking Slimmer Marathon runners to come past convinced me I have the best job in the world. Being able to help people like Darin, Becca and Dawn is so rewarding.

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Diet pills are a curse, not a cure

28th September 2013

DIET PILLS – two words that give me the shivers. I was asked to comment on the effects of diet pills recently by a national newspaper and I didn’t mince my words! In my view, too many desperate people are lured into thinking weight loss

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Mood: Smile with the natural ‘happy pill’

28th September 2013

“RAIN, rain, rain. This weather’s getting me down.” How often have you heard that? The way bad weather makes us miserable is proof of the powerful mind/body connection that links physical well-being with our mood. “Weather is a known catalyst for mood swings”

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Together we can tackle diabetes

25th September 2013

I SAW comedian Joe Pasquale on Daybreak with Lorraine talking about his daughter’s diabetes condition. The interview was part of Diabetes Awareness Week, aimed at helping people understand the scale of the diabetes problem

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Dreams really can come true, you see

25th September 2013

HERE’S proof that dreams can come true. I just love this picture! Debbie Cox and Becca Jones have come so far with their Slimpods and seeing them both together in this picture made me very emotional! Last Sunday was the Brighton Half Marathon

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Sugar peril turning us into binge eaters

25th September 2013

I HELP a lot of people who have eating disorders and so many of them have addictions to sugar which started in childhood or at university and then lead to binge behaviours in adult life. I follow the work of Dr Robert Lustig, from a charity I

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Samantha, world’s unkindest woman?

25th September 2013

I HOPE I never meet Samantha Brick because I think I’d find it hard to resist the temptation to slap her and bring her to her senses. Her regular columns in a national newspaper are insulting, condescending and in my view downright dangerous.

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4 out of 5 women slim down for summer

25th September 2013

FOUR out of five women aim to slim down by summer and April 22 is the day when they’re most likely to start losing weight to get into their summer beachwear. That’s what Asda found when they surveyed 2,000 women. Just over half of women have

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Tragedy as diet pills kill girl student

25th September 2013

MY advice to anyone considering diet pills is simple: Don’t do it. You could be risking your health and you’ll be kidding yourself if you think any weight loss will be lasting. I felt so sad this week when I read about Sarah Houston, from Leeds

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Mind’s vital role in body confidence

25th September 2013

WHEN it comes to weight loss we focus a lot on the body—foods that will boost your fat burn and workouts for your six-pack. And while those things can help you slim down, a crucial, first step on the road to lasting weight loss is

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Diets trigger brain to want more food

25th September 2013

HERE’S the biggest problem faced by anyone on diets: Food becomes a trigger to the behaviour dieters want to avoid – which is eating. And eating then becomes the trigger for further eating. So most dieters become trapped in a vicious circle

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Breaking out of the failing diet cycle

25th September 2013

IF you’ve ever been on a diet and felt trapped in a cycle of doing well and then ruining it again and again, then you’re not alone! I speak to clients all the time who say they’ve “failed” at every diet they’ve tried, sometimes for

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Diet clubs treat us like criminals!

25th September 2013

I WAS really upset by the stories several ladies told me last week about the real-life effects of the diet clubs culture and the emotional connections it creates. They were made to feel bad by the people running their diet clubs because they had broken the

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Walk to school and you’ll all lose weight

25th September 2013

WHAT a lovely idea Walk to School Month is! Have you taken the plunge and ditched the car for the morning run? If not, then I’d like to convince you to walk to school, mainly because it can make such a huge difference to your kids’

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Sweet truth about chocolate cravings

25th September 2013

CHOCOLATE cravings can be very hard to stop because the massive sugar content in chocolate stimulates a part of our brain which is hugely powerful. When I tell people that being addicted to chocolate is just like being hooked on a drug like heroin they

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Laura Williams: Workout fitness tips

25th September 2013

MY fabulous guest blogger Laura Williams offers some great fitness tips on how to winter-proof your workout and keep fit and healthy over the coming months. Shorter days and plummeting temperatures often mean exercise and good nutrition take a back seat

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Scales: are you really a slave to them?

24th September 2013

SCALES! You know you have a ‘diet head’ when your moods and emotions are dictated by them! So are you someone who feels great and in control when the number on the scales goes down a fraction and feels defeated and useless when your weight hasn’t

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Don’t exercise yourself fat!

24th September 2013

IF you’re having a lie-down in a darkened room you won’t need me to tell you how awful stress can feel. Trouble is, when we’re stressed our bodies are less resistant to infection. So it’s important to keep calm and carry on. If you drink more than

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Proof: Diets encourage overeating

24th September 2013

“THE scientific proof that diets make you fat.” That headline on the front page of the Daily Mail was a shocking wake-up call to the estimated 15 millions Britons who are on a diet at any one time. That’s one person in four! So here’s a question

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Will ‘fat tax’ just clobber the poor?

24th September 2013

I WAS on the radio this morning reviewing the papers for LBC and as luck would have it, one of the news items was this continuing debate on whether certain items of food and drink should be taxed because of their high fat or sugar content. My

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Atkins Diet linked to heart attack risk

24th September 2013

NOT only are diets usually doomed to fail, they can also have dangerous health risk, according to an article I’ve just read in the British Medical Journal. The Daily Express made it the main story on its front page, warning  people on extreme Atkins Diet style

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Great news: Eating less can stop ageing!

24th September 2013

I READ some interesting research this morning – and it made me realise just how important a Slimpod can be in helping people live a healthier, longer life! A study by University College London has concluded that we really are all eating too much

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Three things women do better than men

24th September 2013

SOMETIMES it’s really fun to look through some of the quirky research out there that isn’t to do with weight loss and wellbeing. Now there are loads of things that we women just know we’re better at than men; for example I’m able to multitask

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Jenni Murray another failed diet statistic

24th September 2013

I WAS really saddened to read today that after losing 5 stone on the Dukan Diet, Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray has gone the way of 95% of dieters and put the weight back on. I was moved by Jenni’s article in the Mail’s Femail section

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Great Slimpod tip: Hang up your dress

24th September 2013

I PICKED up a great weight loss tip from a Slimpodder on our Slimpod Club forum tonight and just had to share it. I often advise people to hang up on the front of their wardrobe the dress, skirt or pair of jeans they want to

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Look out for the salt in a ‘healthy’ muffin

24th September 2013

ANY time I eat out I always look for anything described as the “healthy option.” So I was shocked by a discovery at McDonald’s that their low-fat blueberry muffin has more salt in it than one of their burgers – and more than three times the sodium

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You don’t always lose weight by running

24th September 2013

I JUST couldn’t believe how many people were running in the Great South Run (more than 20,000).  It was so inspirational seeing everyone run for such good causes. It set me thinking about the runners’ motivation.  I asked a few people why they were running and they

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10 ways to improve what children eat

24th September 2013

SOME times I despair about what children eat – my youngest son walked in the other day from school with a can of coke in one hand and a big bag of chocolates in the other. However hard we try to make our children eat healthily sometimes

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Shocking facts about global obesity

22nd September 2013

OBESITY is a global epidemic. So much so that we now call it GLOBESITY. Today, at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London, I’ll be joining other experts to discuss how we can tackle this enormous challenge. The facts we’ll be discussing about global obesity

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About Sandra
Founder of Thinking Slimmer
Food addiction expert
Member of All-Party Parliamentary Obesity Group
Huffington Post contributor
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