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February 2009.

Often in periods of cold weather, people reach for those wonderfully warming comfort foods. Lets face it, at the moment its pretty cold and I think most of us have been tucking into the very foods that make us feel content. Whether it's a steamy serving of lasagne with a slice of garlic bread on the side or even an indulgent winter pudding covered in lashings of sweet custard. The problem is in a few months time as the first glimpses of summer emerge, we will all be trying madly to shed those very pounds we're most likely piling on at this point in time! 

The classic cycle of yo-yo dieting hits again. Healthy eating and weight maintenance, is all about portion control. If we can crack the balance of healthy eating combining this with physical activity, as a nation we could slow the steady increase in obesity related health conditions such as Coronary Heart Disease and Type 2 diabetes. 

So why is creating this balance so hard? 

We are complex creatures and the trick is to change our lifestyles. One of the first steps is to tackle motivation, which can be difficult when winter is dragging on. Why not make a list of all the positive reasons to change your current lifestyle and also the negatives of continuing with your current routine and eating habits. 

Typically, if you need to change and you are ready to change, the positives will far outweigh the negatives. You can use this list for those times when you're not feeling quite so positive and can feel yourself gradually slipping back into your old habits.

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Author: Steve Turner.
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Revised: November 28, 2009