Weight-loss blog

A collection of weight-loss tips and personal experience stories from our contributors.

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Are we there yet?

Why there’s no finish line when it comes to losing...

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Is your 'healthy lifestyle' just a diet in...

Diets have fallen out of favour as more of us...

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What you need to know about shake diets

Shake diets, or meal replacement shakes, can seem like the...

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A better holiday mindset

And so it begins -  a relentless barrage from the...

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Why a plate isn't always a portion size

Like many people, growing up we had to eat everything...

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Conquering the enemy within

Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy, too afraid to try...

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Three reasons you shouldn't fear carbs

Poor old carbohydrate gets demonised by media, diet culture and...

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What to eat this spring

Spring is well and truly upon us which often means...

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Are you addicted to sugar, or is it...

Over the past few years the idea of ‘food addiction’,...

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Cheating and clean eating

“You’re eating cake?! What is this, some kind of cheat...

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Finding your perfect weight

“How much should I weigh?” This is a common question...

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OK, I lost weight. Now what?

Boom! – you’ve done it! Months and months, or possibly...

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Simple ways to avoid mindless snacking

Making healthier choices and changing behaviour isn’t always easy. A...

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Can food really be medicine?

With an ever-increasing interest in natural health and nutrition, the...

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Am I too old to lose weight and...

It’s a question, or more likely an excuse, that comes...

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Five reasons to ditch food guilt and how...

In a world focussed on weight loss, diets and food...

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The benefits of strength-based exercise

You might already know my story of losing 60kg. If...

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Crazy for coconut

Coconut would have to be one of the most ‘on...

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Core habits for a healthy lifestyle

We all know that what you eat has a massive...

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Creating your own perfect diet

Nutrition is the ‘new black’ and wellness is in fashion....

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How to start exercising when you don’t like...

Exercise sucks when you’re not in great shape. There’s really...

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16 tips for a healthier you in 2016

Sometimes health advice is all about the don’ts. Don’t eat...

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No, you don’t need a detox

Detox diets are often advertised as a way to cleanse...

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Simple strategies for a healthy holiday

The holidays: a chance to unwind, relax, catch up with...

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Boost your nutrition in three simple steps

I’m not surprised when people tell me they’re confused about...

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Small changes: What they are and why they...

We’ve all tried a few diets. Sometimes we lose a...

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Five low-cost healthy foods

If you buy lots of ‘superfood’ powders and other pre-packaged...

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Men’s health: Prostate cancer

My Dad has prostate cancer, so the morning I woke...

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How to embrace mindful eating

When we think about changing our eating patterns, the focus...

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Simple tips for achieving your goals

Setting goals is easy. Delivering on them, well that’s a...

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How to break free from the diet mindset

If you’re battling your weight, this may be what you...

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Four ways to beat food cravings

Here are some pointers to consider if unhealthy food cravings...

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Working smarter, not harder

When people hear my story of losing 60kg, they assume...

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A few words on motivation

I’ve never been arrested, but I’m guessing if you really...

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My journey back from obesity

As a society we're becoming obese, but I don’t need...

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Top 10 Fat Chance! weight-loss blogs

All good things must come to an end and I...

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Vegetables: maximum nutrients for minimum energy

How are you getting on with your New Year’s resolutions?...

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New year's resolutions – living your best life

Have you resolved to lose weight this year? Or have...

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The real treats of Christmas

We’ve just set up our Christmas tree – it’s a...

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Successful weight-loss for men (4): Mike's story

Today I’d like to share with you Mike’s inspiring weight-loss...

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Successful weight-loss for men (3)

The good news for men is that they can lose...

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Successful weight-loss for men (2)

We are asking how men lose weight. And the key...

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Successful weight-loss for men (1)

Is there a difference in the way men and women...

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Slow and steady wins the race

In today’s world we want instant gratification and we want...

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It’s time to Live Below the Line

Have you heard of Living Below the Line? It’s about...

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Hunger, part 4: Satisfying your emotional hunger

You’ve had a bummer of a day at work, so...

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Hunger, part 3: Making your calories count!

Here is a question for you: what is the difference...

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Hunger, part 2: Satisfaction – it’s okay to...

The Fat Chance! approach to weight loss is to focus...

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Hunger, part 1: Wait, it’s not as bad...

Hunger! No wait, don’t stop reading yet. I don’t mean...

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So how do slim people eat?

This week I was delighted to speak to Mere Whanarere’s...

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Become your own healthy eating expert

Have we forgotten how to eat normally? How to eat...

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How to enjoy exercise

(Part 3 in the series) Do you have a dream...

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What counts as exercise, and what exercise counts?

In part 2 of our series 'Embracing exercise as your...

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Embracing exercise as your weight-loss ally – beginning...

We know all the benefits of exercise… weight loss, healthy...

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Slim for spring: Top tips for winter weight...

It’s dark outside now and the mornings are chilly. Turning...

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Reaching the tipping point – are you ready...

Did you overindulge on chocolate at Easter? Did you just...

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What are we teaching our children about food?

Are our children receiving the right messages about food? How...

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You have the right answers if you ask...

How many diets have you been on? Three? Maybe four?...

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How keeping a food diary will help you...

Last time I focused on how to keep a food...

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How keeping a food diary will help you...

Recently we were delighted to launch Fat Chance! Online, an...

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Yes, they really do eat salad for breakfast...

I recently returned from two weeks in Israel with my...

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Vive la resolution! You can make it happen!

New Year’s resolutions make good media stories in January. Apparently...

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Join the resolution! Getting ready to lose weight...

Getting ready to make the changes needed to lose weight...

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Eat, drink and stay healthy over the silly...

Christmas looms once again. Given our innate love of indulgence,...

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Expressing what we value this Christmas

Food, especially at Christmas, is used to express many culturally...

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Protein – is it the key to losing...

Low-carb diets are last year’s news but while Dr Atkins...

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Pleasure now or achievement later? Some tough questions…

Psychology plays such a big part in weight loss! One...

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Volume up – the best way to lose...

If you start to go crazy after a few days...

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How to gain strategic advantage in the weight...

To lose weight successfully we have to think strategically and...

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Carbs – friend or foe when it comes...

Are you one of those who believe carbs are bad...

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Returning to our roots – pun intended!

Why getting in touch with nature helps us enjoy a...

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Everything in moderation – is this the key...

How often do we hear the following phrase: “There are...

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Thinking positively about a healthy lifestyle does work...

At the recent Dietitians NZ conference in Wellington, I was...

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If diets don’t work, what's the alternative?

While we know that diets don’t work for long term...

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“How are you doing? Are you thinking and...

Welcome to the 11th Fat Chance! weight loss blog. Hi there!...

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Food diaries – why they are so helpful...

Are you a snacker, grazer or three-meals-a-day person? Do you...

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Connecting with real hunger: 'Living Below The Line'

Welcome to the 10th Fat Chance! weight loss blog. Weight loss...

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Diets – why they will not help you...

Despite the number of different diets on the market, they...

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Establishing new slim habits – practise makes perfect!...

One of the secrets of success for long-term, sustainable weight...

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Losing weight – why is it so difficult?

Carrying on from previous blogs, here are even more reasons...

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How to identify and achieve your emotional goals...

I was at the Wellington Women’s Lifestyle Expo last weekend,...

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Why do we get fat?

The answer is simple really, at least that’s what we...

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Getting active! (And practising a new inner dialogue)

Something different this week and this time I have to...

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Should we try to lose weight or just...

A recent Listener had a cover story promoting health at...

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How to lose weight by changing your thinking...

Welcome to the sixth Fat Chance! weight loss blog. This...

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Achieve health and a healthy weight

Imagine how much easier life would be if the foods...

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Friend or lover? Ally or enemy? What is...

What is your relationship with food? And what is your...

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"Lifestyle change" – putting the pieces of the...

We all know that the answer to losing weight is...

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"How many calories should I eat to lose...

Welcome to the third Fat Chance! weight loss blog. “How many...

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Discovering the slim person you were meant to...

Welcome to the second Fat Chance! weight loss blog. Today’s...

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“Lose weight without dieting” – is it too...

When Niki Bezzant invited me to do a weight loss...

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