How we form new, healthy habits

A lot of what’s stopping you losing weight and keeping it off could be your unhelpful eating habits. Nibbling at food whilst you’re cooking, eating to stave off boredom, having a slice of cake with coffee at work because everyone else is, grazing through a family...

How to stop picking at food whilst you’re cooking

It’s all too easy to “pick” whilst you’re preparing food. Maybe a piece of chopped red pepper or the bit of cheese that broke off when you’re grating the block. If this is the extent of your picking, it’s not going to cause a problem But if like Carys your nibbling is...

Plate-clearing: Vice or Virtue?

What’s your immediate reaction to someone leaving food on their plate? Disapproval? Admiration? Or even envy? It turns out that not finishing what you were served is a highly emotive issue. One of the steps I recommend to my Appetite Retraining clients who are working...

Influences from your early life, even decades ago, can affect how you eat now

Some of the reasons we eat more than we need are pretty obvious and are to do with what’s happening right now with what’s on our plate – it tastes amazing and we don’t want to stop eating, or someone’s cooked it for us and we don’t want to offend them by not eating...

Help! Can somebody remind me how to eat less?

Every now and again, a question drops in to my twitter feed that is right up my street and this was one of them. I’ve just written an entire book (“How to Retrain Your Appetite: Lose weight permanently eating all your favourite foods) addressing this very subject....

Does it really take 20 minutes for your brain to know you’re full?

Does it really take 20 minutes for your brain to know you’re full? It’s often said that it takes 20-30 minutes for your brain to register fullness and that you feel fuller after this time than you do straight after eating. This is true, but it isn’t the only way your...