Woman's Weekly Living Series

How to lose weight– AND KEEP IT OFF

Don’t lose weight too quickly

‘If your body spots a sudden drop in calories, it thinks a famine is approaching and will do all in its power to encourage you to stock up on food and conserve energy by releasing chemical messengers that make you hungry and sluggish,’ warns NHS weight-loss consultant Dr Sally Norton (vavistalife.com).

For safe and sustainable weight loss, national guidelines recommend sticking to a calorie intake of 1,400 calories a day (for women), losing 1-2lb a week.

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