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Daniele de Winter, daughter of pioneering cancer specialist Dr Jan de Winter, with whom she has worked in cancer prevention for over 20 years, is author of the US best-seller Eat Yourself Beautiful, as well as What the Doctor Ordered and INSIDEOUT beauty. She spearheads DANIELE de WINTER MONACO, a luxury, holistic beauty and spa company based in Monte Carlo.

Why we all want to lose weight

“Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks two sizes!” – Anonymous

One of the weirdest slogans you'll come across in the Western world is: “You can never be too rich or too thin.”

According to a survey carried out by the British newspaper the Times, really poor people, the sort that live in a mud hut in Bangladesh, actually consider themselves much happier – and are infinitely less stressed – than those with three or more homes and countless millions in the bank.

Regarding the “you can never be too thin” part, it is true that obesity is very unhealthy and greatly increases your risk of life-threatening diseases, but being anorexic or taking drugs to stay rake thin also can bring a person to the bring of death – and the situation is probably even sadder when it affects countless 18-year-olds. The irony, however, is that according to innumerable surveys, men prefer voluptuous curves to bones. Curves are sexy!

Even so, often due to social pressure, most of us want to lose weight at some point in our lives. To find out if you actually should, the easiest way is to calculate your BMI (below).

If you are in the recommended BMI range, then stop worrying: your immunity against disease is actually higher if your body is covered with a thin layer of fat than if you are just skin and bones.

How to calculate your BMI

Divide your weight in kilos by your height squared in metres, e.g.
60 kg / 1.6 squared
= 60 kg / 2.56 = 23.44 BMI

below 18.5 = underweight
18.5 – 24.9 = normal weight
25 – 29.9 = overweight
over 30 = obese

If you do want to lose some weight, and objectively there is a little to shift, the following tips should make it easier and relatively painless.

1. Accept that the only way you are going to lose weight permanently is by modifying your eating habits for good. It is pointless to starve your body for two weeks, suffer and lose three kilograms of water and precious muscle if you are going to gain it all back in flab by binging on donuts and pizza afterwards.

2.Seriously examine how you feel about your body and your self esteem. Most of us know intellectually what to do to lose weight - you drink water and eat vegetables, right? However, if in your subconscious you do not believe you can actually become slim, you are boycotting yourself before you start.

3. As losing weight permanently has to be a lifestyle choice, then by definition it also cannot be a race, with a “goal” to be achieved three weeks from the start. You have all the time in the world to lose weight, gram by gram, with no stress. If you alter your eating and lifestyle habits, the weight will drop all by itself.

4. Believe in yourself: look in the mirror and tell yourself you are fabulous 10 times a day. You ARE fabulous, as you are making a proactive lifestyle choice and taking positive steps towards your long term health and happiness.

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