New year, new you? Our top tips for sticking to your diet

Dieting new year

The new year is a time for fresh starts and New Year’s resolutions. A common one is to get fit and lose weight, what with all of the over-indulgence that Christmas brings!

If you’re planning on starting a diet, why not buy yourself a few things which will help you stick to it and achieve your long-term goals? If you shop using Give as you Live, you can raise funds for your favourite charity at no extra cost. Discover and download Give as you Live today.

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Tip #1: Encourage friends to join in
If one of your friends is also looking to get fit and healthy during the new year, do it together. Set yourself goals, share your food diaries, menu ideas, and exercise as a team.

Don’t have a friend to share the experience with? You could join an organisation like Weight Watchers. With Weight Watchers you can count your food and drink intake with a points system, meet up with others at weekly meetings and join the online community. Read more about it here.

If you sign up for Weight watchers online, they will donate up to £7.50 to your chosen charity, at no additional cost to you.

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Tip #2: Buy a book about dieting
Craving unhealthy food is a common cause of overeating. We also tend to turn to food when we are stressed or upset. Some things just taste so good, right? Well here’s a book that’s believed to help you change that mindset. Celebrity Fit Club’s Marisa Peer brought out ‘You can be thin’ a few years back and it has had some great reviews. Here’s what a customer on Amazon thought:

“I have never bought or read a diet book… I still haven’t.This book is so much about the habits that drive us to be unhealthy and overweight and its messages stick! I have lost 5.5kgs. I am so confident the weight will stay off I’ve bought clothes that fit my new waist size and binned the old ones. Fab book.”

You can get the book online with Blackwell Books and they will donate £0.45p to your charity at no extra cost to you.

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Tip #3: Get active and exercise regularly
Staying active and exercising on a regular basis will speed up your metabolism, aid weight loss and most importantly release endorphins to make you feel good!

A great way of motivating yourself to get out and go jogging, or go to an exercise class, is to buy some new fitness clothing. You can shop at the likes of JD sports, Sportsdirect.com, Adidas shop and Kitbag with Give as you Live.

They will all donate a percentage of what you have spent, to your favourite charity, at no extra cost to you. You can view the full list of sports & outdoors stores here.

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Tip #4: Try out some new healthy recipes
When it comes to dieting and being healthy it can be difficult to come up with ideas of things to cook each day. Buy yourself a recipe book for inspiration.

We’ve heard some great things said about Betty Crocker’s 300 calorie cook book. It has a wide range of recipes to choose from that are suitable to cook for all of the family. Here’s what some reviewers on Goodreads.com thought of the book:

“All-in-all, it is of the quality that I have come to expect from Betty Crocker. Interesting recipes and generous servings make this book one worth checking out. My favorites so far are the Dijon Steak and Potato Stew and the Tortellini with Garden Veggies.”

“Very happy with the recipes so far!! A great bargain, too.”

You can buy the book online here, and up to 69p will be donated to your chosen charity, at no extra cost to you.

Tip #5: Share your dieting tips with us
Share and you can benefit from others’ advice, too. Do you have a particular diet or exercise regime that really works well for you? Share it with us by commenting below.