There are all kinds of lotions and potions that claim to help you lose weight, but all these really are, are metabolism enhancers or fat burners (your body doesn’t absorb as much fat, and as such you poop it out. Lovely I know.

Now for short term use, these can be affective, but they are not a quick fix. The same goes for using laxatives.

To lose weight and keep it off, you need to firstly look at your current diet. What is in your diet? How is it made? Do you fry everything? Write down a list of what you eat for a week, and you’ll be amazed that all sorts of things sneak in during the day. You may think that, that chocolate bar with your coffee isn’t going to make much difference, but if you’re having a chocolate bar every time you have a coffee, it soon adds up.

At the end of your week of jotting down your diet, look at the things you can change. Don’t be too harsh on yourself, we are all allowed to indulge every now and then. But what you really want to be doing is cutting out as much processed, fried and junk food as you can. Opting for healthier alternatives.

When I initially was losing weight, I cut out all crisps, chocolates and fried foods, opting instead for larger, but healthier meals such as cod in parsley sauce with boiled new potatoes, carrots and peas. This then stopped me snacking between meals, though I would occasionally treat myself to the odd packet of crisps.

The idea behind dieting is that you don’t resent it, but that it is a healthier choice for you and you’ll feel better in yourself after as little as a week, with more energy, better sleep, and a clearer head. The fact you’ll also lose weight is an added bonus!

Exercise is important to, there’s no use in only doing half a job, either do it, or don’t you can’t only do half of it and expect the same results.

Walking is one of the best ways of burning some calories. It doesn’t have to be a 6 hour trek up a mountain, simply a gentle stroll in the countryside, or getting the train into work and walking to and from the station instead of driving.

If you have a dog, agility training is a great way to socialize your pooch, and you, train your dog something new and also get you moving. The only thing I would never suggest however is over doing it, you need to work your way up to it.

Speak to your doctor about losing weight, they’ll be delighted that you’re trying, and will give you advice on what you should and shouldn’t do by going of your notes and general health. For example, someone with a weak heart shouldn’t attempt a half marathon.

Most of though, have faith in yourself, and don’t overdo it with the scales. You only need to weigh yourself once a week!