Weight Loss - Ten Tips

1. Are you overweight?
Measure your waist (narrowest point) and compare with your hips (widest point). Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement and note the result. A ratio greater than .80 for a woman or 1.0 for a man indicates that you have excess weight.

2. Reduce the trend
Most gradual weight gain is due to eating too many calories and not taking enough exercise, so you have to reverse this trend. To lose weight you need to reduce your calorie intake or burn more calories - but ideally do both. SlimSeekers will show you how.

3. No quick fixes - just successful ones
Many diet regimes will reduce your calorie intake in a variety of ways, and you will certainly lose weight. But as soon as you come off the diet your weight goes up again - and you are back to square one! Most of the initial weight loss is fluid. Not with SlimSeekers.

4. Don't eat less - eat smarter!
You have to think longer-term, and lower your calorie intake by reducing foods that give you more calories, and eating more foods that give you less. This way you don't deprive yourself or go hungry. Don't eat less - eat smarter! Slimseekers will tell you which weight-gaining foods to avoid.

5. Raise your pulse - and your metabolism
Regular exercise should form an important part of your weekly routine, and take place at least 3 times a week. Just 3 x 30 minute sessions a week will help to raise your metabolism to burn those extra calories away - even when resting.

6. Know your foods
Learn which foods to avoid that turn easily into sugars, and then into fat. Also avoid salt, sugar, saturated fat, processed and refined foods. Eat natural foods whenever possible. Eat plenty of vegetables, salad and fruit (a minimum of 5 portions a day).

7. Lose weight over months - not days
Think of losing weight over a period of time - say six months. Weigh yourself no more than once a week and aim to lose a minimum of 1lb (that would be nearly 2 stone in six months!).

8. Drink can pile on the pounds
Also be aware of what you drink. Low calorie drinks can still be higher than others, and caffeine is linked to high blood pressure. Drinking water throughout the day can help curb appetite, will clear the system and aid digestion.

9. Cook with style
Cooking styles can influence your saturated fat intake. Avoid deep-frying and roasting. Stir-fry, grill, boil and poach food as often as possible. Avoid standard cooking oils, lard and fat, optng instead for olive or sunflower oil.

10. Get yourself motivated
Choose a special day to start your healthier lifestyle plan. Make a note of your starting weight, and waist and thigh measurements (even take a photo of yourself). Think about your health and weight loss, and take one month at a time. The first month's results will help encourage your motivation for the next month.

For a detailed Personal Advice Plan designed specifically for you, simply fill in the form on the 'Start Here' page. We'll tell you what foods to eat and what to avoid - without ever going hungry. There's also lots of information on vitamins, minerals, immune system, food and drink ideas, recipes, etc. Act now!