I was at a wedding overseas recently, and as often happens, someone asked me for weight loss advice. I spoke to them for about 45 minutes, and when I got back to London, I sent them an email summarising what I had advised.

I thought that sharing some of the points on that email might be useful.


Weigh yourself now.

Then decide what goal you want to achieve. If you want to be 15kg thinner (a little over 2 stone), then write that down as your goal. But don’t just leave it at a goal, set a deadline. And make it a generous deadline, not something unrealistic that will actually de-motivate you.

A goal of losing 5kg (about 11 pounds) over 3 months is very achievable. (If I was working directly with a client, we would expect faster progress, but for someone trying this on their own, this is realistic.)

Some people might think 5kg in 3 months too slow, but the fact is, at that rate, after 1 year you would be 20kg (3 stone) lighter. Remember we are aiming for a lifetime change, not a short term fix.

And while 3 months on a regular “diet” might be intolerable, when you try a behavioural approach, you are not time limited, because it is such a gentle approach to weight loss.

Next week, part 2.

Dr. Khandee Ahnaimugan is a medical doctor who provides a bespoke behavioural programme for weight loss. To book a comprehensive assessment at his Harley Street Clinic please email admin@doctorkweightloss.com or phone +44 (0) 20 3130 4770.

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