Slimming tablets and a tape measure


If you need to lose a significant amount of weight, you will need to increase the levels of activity in your life. Cutting down the calories will stop you putting on more, but you need to burn off the excess fat.

We lead busy lives, so you need to work out ways to build extra exercise into your daily routine. Start slow - even just taking the stairs not the lift - and build it up. You should be aiming to work up a sweat and get your heart-rate pumping.

Here are some suggestions:

If its been a while - or never - since you last did some exercise, especially if you are struggling with your weight already, then it can be really difficult to start.

Don't push yourself too far, take it slowly to begin with and don't be embarrassed to ask for help. You risk damaging yourself if you don't take the proper precautions and especially in the gym some of those machines look like contraptions designed for medieval torture. It's the job of the people who work there to help you. Get them to show you how to warm up and down as well.

If you feel awkward about exposing your body more than you would normally, most sports centres and gyms will offer single-sex classes. But also don't expect that everyone will be Amazonian goddesses, you get people of all ages and body shapes doing sport.

Buy the proper clothes. Good trainers will take some of the strain off. And if you are a woman, a sturdy sports bra is a must. Boobs flopping all over the place is not only painful but damages them. Bravissimo is an excellent lingerie shop for women with a larger chest. Get fitted regularly as weight loss means your boobs will shrink.

No one expects you to suddenly morph into Paula Radcliff, but you'll find that once you start, a little effort and it will get more and more natural. Exercise makes you healthier and definitely happier - it's a brilliant way to shake off the blues.

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