Sunday

Ten More Ways To Snack Healthily

Despite our best efforts, three square meals a day sometimes just are not enough!

Finding food to eat when you’re hungry can be difficult when you’re trying to eat healthy. Having the time to prepare snacks is most of the battle. To eat healthy, is to eat fresh. Freshness doesn’t always come out of a box or package. Granted, those are the easiest and quickest foods to munch on. Just being able to grab a bag of crisps would be the ideal amount of time we would want to spend on preparing a snack! However, to get closer to your weight loss goals, it can be a good idea to 'pre-make' your snacks in advance.

Portion Control

Remember when you’re dividing these snacks up, that they are just snacks to be consumed between your three other meals. Portion control is always key in order to get the best results, so keep in mind that although these snacks are healthy, you should never over eat them.

Here then, are ten more snack ideas that won't de-rail your weight loss efforts ...

11. Antipasto

The Italians know a thing or two about healthy snacking. Olives, marinated veg like aubergine (eggplant), sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes or peppers all make wonderful quick snacks. Go on then .... you can even throw in a little proscuitto (but don't tell anyone!)

12. Whole Grain Breakfast Cereal.

A great example of a quick and convenient snack, that is 'easy' to have in the cupboard.

Wholegrain breakfast cereals such as Weetabix, branflakes, unsweetened muesli, Shreddies and porridge oats are a great, low calorie source of vitamins and dietry fibre. For example, a 30g snack sized portion of 'No Added Sugar Alpen' contains just 112 calories. Why not try with a spoonful of fat free yoghurt and/or a handful of fresh berries ...?

13. Whole Grain Bread Sticks, Celery Sticks & Salsa

Salsa, which is the Spanish word for 'sauce', is a good source of minerals, some vitamins, and the important antioxidant lycopene.
A typical ramekin (about half a cup) of serving of classic salsa has just 35 calories, and is a good source of the fat-soluble vitamins A, E and K. It supplies 7% recommended daily allowance of vitamin K and 8% RDA of vitamins A and E.

A ramekin of salsa will also deliver 11% of our RDA of vitamin B6, 4% of our RDA of vitamin C

Go easy on the Whole Wheat Bread Sticks at 33 calories each. But as for delicious cruchy celery, it's loaded with vitamins and can help to satisfy a snack craving for virtually zero calories.

In fact, celery is what is known as a Negative Calorie Food. In other words, you burn off more calories chewing and digesting celery, then it actually contains!!

14. Twiglets

Twiglets are those little whole-wheat knobbly sticks, designed to look like twigs, that have a sticky marmite flavour coating on them. They don't feel at all greasy like crisps do and contain 96 calories and 2.9g of fat (of which saturates 1.3g) per 25g bag .... not too bad if eaten in moderation.

Twiglets are actually baked rather than fried so are marketed as a more "healthy" snack. This of course depends on how many you munch! Oh, and if you hate Marmite, then its likely you will hate these too!!

15. Fruit Smoothie

As far as simple, healthy snacks go, nothing beats a homemade fruit smoothie for ease of preparation (as long as you have a smoothie maker!) and general deliciousness!

For starters, they're a super way to make sure you're getting plenty of fresh fruit on a day-to-day basis and you can be as inventive and creative as your mind will allow you to be.

Smoothie Tip: Using properly ripened fruit, which is so full of flavour, is how you avoid adding unnecessary ingredients like milk, cream, sorbet, ice cream, rice milk or yogurt. When you add those things, the smoothie stops being a healthy snack and becomes a fatty dessert!!

16. Sugar Free Jelly

Half a pint of sugar free jelly, gives you a sweet burst of fruity flavour, it contains about 16 calories and you can even count it towards your daily fluid intake!

17. Dried Fruit Pieces

A handful of dried fruit is a great alternative to sweets. Dried fruits such as apple, mango, banana, pineapple, papaya, strawberries and raisins are another convenient, delicious and nourishing snack option. Make sure to choose unsweetened and untreated dried fruits. As most of the water has been removed in these types of snacks (which is what helps to fill us up!), it's also a good idea to accompany dried fruit with plenty of water or unsweetened juice.

18. Low Fat Crispbreads with Non-Fat Cottage Cheese.

Depending on the manufacturer, a snack-sized 50g serving of fat-free cottage cheese only contains about 35 to 40 calories, but monitor your serving size to ensure you do not consume too much of a good thing. And remember just because the cottage cheese is fat-free, does not mean it is cholesterol free, 50g of fat-free cottage cheese contains 5 mg of cholesterol.

19. Half a Tin of Soup

A perfect choice for a healthy snack. Soup is a high volume, low calorie food. It also provides the feeling of satisfaction and fullness, without the extra calories often found in larger meals or less healthy, convenient snacks.

Ideally of course, home made soup is far better, but in terms of a quick, inexpensive and convenient snack, a reasonable brand of non-creamy soup can offer a good amount of nutritional value for the time it takes to prepare. For example half a tin of Heinz Vegetable Soup contains all the goodness of carrots, potatoes, swede, onions, peas and haricot beans. In fact 29% of the contents of the tin is made up of vegetables.

A 200g portion (half a tin), contains just 89 calories and hardly any saturated fat.

20. Sugar Snap Peas

Pre-washed stringless sugar snap peas can be found in your local supermarket in plastic bags.

If you are trying hard to add nutritious food to your diet, you are going to have a tough time beating this tasty treat.

The difference between sugar snap peas and regular peas is that you don't have to shell them. With sugar snap peas you get to eat the entire pod with the peas nestled inside. The outer shell tastes deliciously sweet and you get a big CRUNCH out of them.

This is really a great snack. With no effort on your part, except for buying and opening the package, you can have 25% of your daily allowance of Vitamin C. Sugar snap peas have protein, iron, fiber, calcium, Vitamin A and micronutrients that we still don't know much about.
If you grab a bag of sugar snap peas instead of potato crisps, just think of what you will be doing for your health!


(I'm actually munching on these as I write this .... they really are delicious!!)

If you missed the first ten of these healthier snack ideas, you can find them by just clicking;- here

Another point to always remember if ever we're prone to occasional snacking, is to ensure we stay well hydrated. When we're slightly dehydrated, our brains confuse the signals between hunger and thirst. So, whilst we might perceive that we're feeling a bit hungry, what our body is actually craving is fluid; anything that doesn't contain caffein, alcohol or sugar. More often then not, a glass of water or flavoured water will quash those 'snacky' feelings within 3 minutes.



Client Stories

Pam phoned me at the start of this year, but after our conversation, decided to opt to use diet pills prescribed by her GP to help her lose weight.

In her own words ......

"Hello, my name is Pam and I contacted Tony after seeing an advertisement in the paper.
We chatted on the phone for a while and I was not sure whether or not this new way of eating was for me.

After 9 months and £'s lighter following an unsuccessful diet, I decided to contact Tony again. I must admit, it seemed a little unorthodox going to see a total stranger in their own home to be hypnotised.

Tony was very good at putting me at ease and we chatted about the problems I had encountered on my previous diet, problems with my eating, state of mind and the amount of alcohol I was consuming. Everything Tony said made perfect sense and I was eager to begin the programme on my next visit.

The process of the hypnosis was very calming, in fact much deeper peace was attained than I could imagine. I felt very comfortable as Tony 'mock operated' on my stomach, fitting a gastric band. I could even feel him tightening it!! The whole process took about 2 hours and I awoke feeling very tired, but completely at peace.

I was amazed how instant the effect had been. Instead of eating from a dinner plate, I ate off a dessert one, and by the end of the week I was using a side plate. I lost 3.5lbs the first week and a further 1lb the second week. I also found I had much more energy and redecorated a bedroom at home as well as making the furnishings, and also swam for 30 minutes on week days.

During this time I even attended a Gala Ball and still managed to lose weight! Tony has taught me to drink water between each glass of wine and on that night, I consumed 2 carafes of water and only 3/4 bottle of wine!! During the week I have reduced my drinking from 4 glasses of wine a night to 2, and have 3 clear nights.

I feel so much better and cannot thank Tony enough for his support and continued contact with lots of encouragement. I would seriously recommend anyone to follow this new way of eating and life."

Many thanks again for that Pam. Your experience is another example highlighting the fact that our 'mindset' plays a huge part in helping us to lose weight and shows that diets, pills or implants are not really going to change the way we think about our relationship with food.

Well done again Pam, it's good to see you're feeling much more in control and also that the amount of alcohol you consume has reduced. 

In The News This Week ...

I came across a disturbing story in the news this week, that highlighted the fact that children as young as 11 are being offered gastric implants on the NHS !!! .... Read more on that story by clicking;- here

Are these kids ever going to LEARN what eating healthily is all about ???

Also in the news this week, there appears to be a growing trend in the U.S for 'putting weight on', in order to qualify for weight loss surgery !!! Read more by clicking;- here

That's all for now. More of all this, next month.

Take care

Tony




 

When 3 Meals A Day Just Aren't Enough!!

20 Top Healthy Snacks ... (part 1)

Three square meals a day is all well and good, but we all sometimes need a little something in between — particularly when we live an active lifestyle. However, snacking can easily become a diet downfall rather than an energy boost.
So with that in mind, here are a few healthy, sweet and savoury snacking options, which you can use to fill a gap without piling on the calories!
It's also worth bearing in mind that many of these snack ideas need a bit of 'advance planning', which is great .... when we can plan ahead, we're generally in much more control and are far less likely to be tempted by impulsive unhealthy munchies!
1. Frozen Grapes
The first time I tried frozen grapes, I expected them to be hard and toothy-chippy like marbles. But I couldn't have been more wrong: they're like little frozen candies ... sweet, with the grape taking on almost an ice-creamy texture underneath the peel.
They're about 100 calories a cup, fat-free, and have all the beneficial flavonoids of regular grapes. Just wash them, pop them in a ramekin or container in your freezer, and let them sit for a few hours. Delicious!!


2. Fresh Popcorn

Popcorn is one of the best snacks to choose for overall crunch appeal. Its light, healthy and provides a high amount of fiber. You can pick up bags of Microwaveable popcorn kernels in most supermarkets, they're inexpensive and will last you a while. For extra taste, add a few squirts of fat free butter spray and a pinch of seasoning salt.


By the way, don't confuse this snack with the likes of Toffee Popcorn, Butter Popcorn or other pre-packaged flavoured popcorn snacks. Many of these are very high in salt, sugar and/or fat.


3. Dried Apricots and Almonds

Almonds are high in protein and fiber, as well as being low-GI, a good source of magnesium, and rich in vitamin E (an antioxidant). Dried apricots, on the other hand, are rich in carotenes, which may lower the risk of cancers of the throat and lungs — and provide you with potassium, iron, calcium, silicon, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Interestingly, dried apricots have a far greater nutritional value than fresh ones because the nutrient content is so concentrated. Gram for gram, dried apricots have twelve times the iron, seven times the fiber and five times the vitamin A of fresh ones! The best way to eat this snack is to impale the almonds in the apricots!

Portion size:  Try 3 or 4 apricots with 10 to 15 almonds for a delicious snack of just approximately 125 calories.


4. Chicken Breast


Sliced chicken breast is a great snack to include in your dietary regimen. It's easy to cook an 'extra' chicken breast when preparing a meal, allowing you to have it on hand in the fridge for a quick snack. Cold sliced chicken breast tastes amazing and is high in protein, low in fat and has virtually no carbs.

Always choose all natural boneless, skinless chicken breast versus prepackaged luncheon meats which are processed and contain added sugar and a carcinogenic precursor ingredient known as sodium nitrite (sodium nitrate is closely related). Sodium nitrite is a dangerous, cancer-causing ingredient that has no place in the human food supply.


5. Hummus or Peanut Butter on Crispbread, Baked Potato Crisps, Carrots or Celery.


A number of combinations here, all of which are quick, easy and healthy in moderation with a good mix of protein, fat, carbohydrate, and lots of fiber. While peanut butter is high in fat, it’s the unsaturated (or ‘good’) kind — and peanuts are a great source of the antioxidant vitamin E. Peanut butter is also rich in protein — so is an especially good option for vegetarians — and a good source of magnesium. Opt to spread the peanut butter on rye crispbreads — which are low in salt, high in fiber and have a low GI — so you won’t get an energy high followed by a crash.


Hummus is best when you make it yourself using chickpeas — but if you don’t have time to do this, opt for the reduced fat variety, which will supply you with vitamin E, manganese, and disease-fighting garlic. Use raw veg — such as beta-carotene-rich carrot sticks and potassium-rich celery — to dip into the hummus, in order to boost your fiber intake.


Portion Guidelines: Two teaspoons of peanut butter on two rye crispbreads = 180 calories, whilst 50g (1.8oz) reduced fat hummus with carrot or celery sticks = 125 calories.


7. Dark Chocolate

This one's cropped up on this blog before, much to the surprise of many, but you can eat chocolate as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Dark chocolate containing at least 70 per cent cocoa solids is a good source of antioxidants — particularly flavonoids, which are the type that are found in green tea and red wine. And whilst chocolate is high in fat, it consists of saturated types — including stearic and palmitic acid — and oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil. A number of studies have found that chocolate's main fat, stearic acid, has a neutral effect on the LDL (or ‘bad’) cholesterol. Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce high blood pressure, and has twice the magnesium of and more iron than milk chocolate. Plus chocolate makes us feel good!
Portion size: A 20g (0.7oz) bar or chunk = 100 calories.


8. Hard Boiled Eggs


Make some hard boiled eggs and have a quick high protein snack on hand at anytime! Hard boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein, simple to prepare and each one only has about 76 calories. Eggs are also very nutritious. They don't just contain fat (yolk) and protein (white). In fact, they contain a wide array of essential vitamins and minerals.

Vitamins
  • A: good for the skin and growth.
  • D: strengthens bones by raising calcium absorption.
  • E: protects cells from oxidation.
  • B1: helps properly release energy from carbohydrates.
  • B2: helps release energy from protein and fat.
  • B6: promotes the metabolism of protein.
  • B12: an essential vitamin in the formation of nerve fibers and blood cells.
Minerals
  • Iron: essential in the creation of red blood cells.
  • Zinc: good for enzyme stability and essential in sexual maturation.
  • Calcium: most important mineral in the strengthening bones & teeth.
  • Iodine: controls thyroid hormones.
  • Selenium: like vitamin E, it protects cells from oxidation.
Beware though, the yolk is extremely high in cholesterol, containing more than two-thirds of the recommended daily limit of 300 mg! However, the yolk has many health strengths necessary for immunity, healthy skin, nerves and vision. The yolk contains good amounts of B Vitamins, Vitamin A, iron and riboflavin.


9. Olives


Olives have numerous health benefits, including being rich in Vitamins (in particular Vitamin E), minerals, monounsaturated fats, and antioxidants. They are full of nutritional value, helping to fight against a number of critical diseases; including cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, constipation, inflammation and asthma.

Benefits of Olives

The Vitamin E contained in Olives is the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Antioxidants help to strengthen the body's immune system; reducing the severity of asthma, cancer, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, premature aging, as well as delaying the effects of aging.

Olives contain compounds called polyphenols that appear to have significant anti-inflammatory properties. The juice of the olive, otherwise known as olive oil, is a delicious source of antioxidants. This oil is monounsaturated, and it has a positive effect on the cholesterol level in our blood streams, by helping to reduce it.

Monounsaturated fats are an important part of our diets. These oils act to keep cholesterol from sticking to our artery walls, and thus combating against diseases such as heart disease and strokes. Not only that, but they help to control blood sugar, a big plus in offering protection against diabetes.

10. Walnuts

Walnuts are a tasty and highly nutrient dense food to snack on and can add flavor and crunch to a meal. They are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and are also rich in vitamins and minerals that help us to stay healthy. Walnuts are high in poly and monounsaturated fats and especially linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid. Those two acids cannot be synthesized by our body and must be provided daily. They are called essential fatty acids. They are involved in the manufacture of certain hormones, part of the cell's membrane and they regulate the cholesterol. 5 walnuts (28g) supply our daily needs in those acids.

Health Benefits

Walnuts contain an antioxidant compound called ellagic acid that supports the immune system and appears to have several anticancer properties. Alpha-linolenic acid is an omega-3 fatty acids. This family of acids has an anti-inflammatory action. Walnuts are therefore useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and itchy skin conditions. (Dry skin is usually the first sign of an essential fatty acid deficiency).

Heart Healthy

 

The high amount of unsaturated fats in the walnut helps us keep our blood cholesterol down. Walnuts lower blood cholesterol with a rise in HDL (called "good" cholesterol) and a drop in LDL (called "bad" cholesterol). Therefore, walnuts may reduce heart disease risks. Studies suggest that people who eat walnuts are less likely to develop coronary heart diseases and heart attacks.

Nutrient Dense

Walnuts are also a good source of protein. They contain 15.23 grams of protein per 100 grams, which is equivalent to 100 grams of chicken. Walnuts are rich in calories. They can help people with small appetites, such as elderly and convalescents, to meet their daily calories requirements. Walnuts are also a very good source of the manganese and a good source of copper. In addition, walnuts contain the antioxidant phytochemical, ellagic acid.

There'll be another 10 healthier snack ideas next time.

Another point to remember if ever we're prone to occasional snacking, is to ensure we're well hydrated. When we're slightly dehydrated, our brains confuse the signals between hunger and thirst. So, whilst we might perceive that we're feeling a bit hungry, what our body is actually craving is fluid; anything that doesn't contain caffein, alcohol or sugar. More often then not, a glass of water or flavoured water will quash those 'snacky' feelings within 3 minutes. 


Client Stories

On the last blog update, we heard from Carolyn B and what a great enthusiastic start she got off to. This time, Carolyn E tells us how hypnosis is transforming her life and first Carol R explains how her own relationship with food has changed ....


"Hi, my name is Carol and I would like to reccommend Tonys weight loss treatment to everyone out there who is unsure about hypnotherapy.

I rang Tony after seeing his advertisement in my local paper ... he invited me to his home for an informal chat ... my family thought I was mad ... going to a strangers house and letting him hypnotise me! As soon as I met Tony and we started to chat I felt at ease.

We discussed eating habits and I told him I had been to every slimming club going!! I was now 64yrs old and my reasons for wanting to lose weight had changed ... now it was to be healthier not so much for appearances. After chatting with Tony, I made an appointment for the virtual gastric band hypnosis. It was the best thing I have ever done!

Never at anytime did I feel out of control, just very relaxed. Within hours, I took on board everything Tony had told me ... drinking lots of water ... eating smaller portions ... walking more ... honestly it's amazing.

After 1 week, I got weighed, couldnt believe it ... I had lost 5 1bs! Never in my life had I lost so much weight in a week ... I am now on week 7 and guess what .... I have lost an amazing 15 1bs in 6weeks!!!!

I feel healthier, am automatically putting smaller potions on my plate, drinking lots of water and even walking faster!
I'm now going to visit my son and his family in Sydney, Australia over a stone lighter than I was 6weeks ago ... delighted!

Tony keeps in contact regularly by phone, but now for 7 weeks we will be emailing buddies. If you are having any doubts about hypnosis ... DO IT! ... BELIEVE ME, IT WILL BE THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT YOU COULD GIVE YOURSELF!!!"

Carol R


Many thanks Carol, I'll look forward to hearing from you while you're in Austrailia! Well done again and keep it going!!


"Since I was sixteen I have tried every diet going with a certain amount of success, but have always put the weight back on or given up because it was taking too long to lose.  I always had an excuse why I couldn't cut back that week (a wedding, a christening, a birthday) any excuse would do.

I saw Tony's ad and I thought why not try a different approach.  And boy has it been different.  I have been so focused I can hardly believe it.  The weight has dropped off, a total of 1st 6lbs in less than two months and I look and feel totally different.  I dont think about my food all the time I just seem to 'know' what to do.

I thought no one would ever persuade me to join a gym as I have always felt self conscious and feel like everyone is there to watch me and laugh .....  However I now go three times a week to use the treadmill and to have a swim.  I bought myself a small MP3 player and listen to music whilst on the treadmill.  I kept looking around, slyly at first to see if anyone was watching, but I have now realised that they are there to do their own workout and they are not the least bit interested in what I am doing.

Losing the weight has given me the incentive to walk that bit faster or do an extra lap and it has certainly helped the pounds to drop off.

Here's to the next stone.  Thank you Tony for all the encouragement.

CAROLYN E
XXX"

Many thanks Carolyn. It's great to see you're managing things well, putting the effort in and getting a consisent result ... Fantastic!!


This Week in the News

Yet another story in the news this week of someone hoping that a Gastric Band would be a "quick fix",  only for it to ruin her life .....

More on that story from the Daily Mirror by clicking;- here

When it comes to seeking nutritional advice in restaurants, is honesty the best policy?
Why not ask the owners of Americas 'Heart Attack Grill', recently under fire again for making a joke out of obesity .... not least with their amazing 8000 calorie 'Quadruple Bypass Burger'!!!

You must see this one!

More by clicking ;- here

More client stories and healthier snack ideas next time and please feel free to post or email me your comments.

Best wishes

Tony

 

Upset About Just Losing A Pound ??

"Oh, I've only lost a pound this week ....."

Click HERE
I wish I had a pound for every time someone said that to me! ... usually with more than a hint of disappointment in their voice!! But most of us will have at least thought it at some point. 

So, why is it that we're so devastated when we only lose a pound???

Remember, this weight didn't go on overnight and it isn't going to come off overnight either, there is no 'quick fix'. In fact, the people behind all the main diets agree that 'one to two pounds per week' is the safe rate at which our bodies can lose weight, whilst at the same time, making all the necessary tweaks and adjustments to our bodies, increasing the chances of it staying off.

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But, do you realise just how much of an achievement losing a pound of fat actually is?
This is what a whole pound of fat looks like .... Wouldn't you just feel amazing about losing one of these every week?

And it's no mean feat; to lose a whole pound in weight we need to burn off 3500 calories. That's the equivilent of 500 calories every day for a week.
Taking it further, that means consuming 250 less calories per day AND burning off 250 more calories per day then you were used to doing ..... and doing that every day for a week, to lose one pound!! 

Never undervalue just what an amazing accomplishment it is to lose a whole pound in weight in just one week!

In fact, if you want more proof of just what a pound feels like, go and grab a large tin of beans from the cupboard ..... just feel the weight of that!!
Drop it on your foot! .... You'll certainly know about it !! 

I was having a conversation with a client this week about the importance of realising the significance of each pound. She forwarded me a small article, which she came across some time ago, that had helped her to value each pound in weight loss for what it really meant;

Here it is;


Hello do you know me?

If you don't, you should. I'm a pound of fat.
And I'm the happiest pound of fat that you would ever want to meet.

Want to know why?
It's because no one ever wants to lose me;
I'm ONLY ONE POUND, just a pound!

Everyone wants to lose 3 pounds, 5 pounds or 15 pounds, but never only one.
So, I just stick around and happily keep you fat.

Then I add to myself, ever so slyly, so that you never seem to notice it.
That is, until I've grown to ten, twenty, thirty or even more pounds in weight.
Yes, it's fun being ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT, left to do as I please.

So, when you weigh in, keep right on saying, "Oh, I only lost one pound."
For you see, if you do this, you'll encourage others to keep me around because they'll think I'm not worth losing.

And, I love being around you - your arms, your legs, your chin, your hips and every part of you. Happy days!!!!

After all, I'm ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT!!!!

Perhaps something to think about there ??

For more about the value and the result of losing a pound a week, take a look at the following article, 52 Ways To Lose A Pound A Week.

This insightful article is packed full of 'real life' ideas and is broken down into sections that include;
Believing In Yourself
Setting Goals
Eating More!
Eating Smart
Getting Moving
Building Muscle
'Binge-Proofing' Your Life
Talking Yourself Thin
Motivation Made Easy
Rewarding Yourself

Find it by clicking;- here


Client Stories

"Hi, my name is Carolyn and I wanted to write and tell you readers about my experience of weight loss hypnosis.
I went to see Tony with a colleague at the end of August. As I approached the house I really was a little apprehensive, I was unsure about what hypnotherapy was, and if it would be effective in helping me in my battle against my weight issues. However on meeting Tony I found him to be a very understanding person and non-judgemental; he immediately set my mind at ease.
After a lengthy consultation, which included questions on my weight issue and lots of our questions answered, Tony made us appointments within a couple of days. I was excited about the prospect of being slimmer, fitter and healthier. I went on the Friday, he used his voice to gently relax me, and that was it - my eyes closed and although I could hear every word that Tony said to me I was just floating: it was so relaxing. I had my virtual gastric band and also snacks and drinking lots of water were brought into the equation. When Tony counted me back up, I actually felt my stomach was tight; I also felt incredibly thirsty.
Tony gave me a CD to listen to as part of the programme and also made me promise to look at attending an aerobic class at my local gym. I really felt very excited about my future weight loss. I immediately opted for smaller portions and drinking lots of water. Snacks were not even on my mind.
After attending a few aerobics classes, I bought a bike and now cycle to work. I can't believe how much better I feel, having currently lost 17 lbs. I have much more energy and do recommend this treatment to everyone, I really do. Tony keeps in touch on a regular basis for support and I will be attending a follow up session in the future."
Many thanks for that Carolyn, good to see you're in such a positive mindset and have got off to a really great start. Well done!

In The News
I came across a couple of items of interest in the news this week. Do you think that giving overweight people a Gastric Band is a waste of NHS money? This Surrey slimmer does! More by clicking;- here
Did you know that a real Gastric Band operation carries a 1 in 2000 risk of death? More on the perils and the tragedy of the real operation by clicking;- here

That's all for now ... Good luck with that next pound!!
Best Wishes
Tony