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Welcome to our how to fit in a healthy lifestyle with My Special K dietician Vered Moses!

Between work, friends and wedmin, who has time for whipping up nutrient-packed goodies or becoming a fully-fledged gym bunny? So how do you drop those stubborn pounds and tone up in time for your big day without letting your wedding plans slip or by having to say goodbye to your social life?



As official dietician for Kellogg's My Special K, Vered Moses knows a thing or two about quick and easy ways to fit good food and fitness into your day. So we've signed her up to spill her secrets in our healthy living webchat on 27 September between 1-2pm.



So whether it's tips for losing weight when you thought you'd tried everything, waving goodbye to bloating, or getting that flat tummy (and keeping it!), post your healthy-living puzzlers to Vered on our dedicated forum, or join us live on 27 September. Now that's got to be a couple of minutes worth slipping into your schedule...

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  • Hello. I've brought a beautiful strapless gown for my wedding, but want to look the best I possibly can and my upper arms are less toned than I'd like. Do you have any tips or things I can fit into my daily schedule? I've got two months. Thanks!
  • Hello! My dress is quite slinky but I'm really worried about my tummy, because it's always bloated. I don't want to wear spanx, and I don't think they work anyway really, and I'm struggling to think of a solution now with a mnth to go - it's stressing me out! Are there any exercises I can do or something? Hope you can help, thanks!
  • Hi



    My sister gets married in 8 weeks and i really need to lose as much weight as possible.



    I tried slimfast and lost 3 lbs in the first week but nothing in the second.



    Any advise would be greatly appriciated.
  • Hi Vered,



    We have a gorgeous two year old daughter - we've waited to get married until she was old enough to be our bridesmaid and walk down the aisle - but two years on, I still can't get rid of my "mummy tummy" - please help!!!



    Thanks
  • My big problem is snacking between meal. I'm trying to be good and eat veg-heavy, balanced meals light on the white carbs, but I then end up ravenous between meals. And an apple or banana between lunch and breakfast isn't keeping the hunger pangs away. I get so hungry and grumpy! What are some better ideas on snacks?
  • I bought my dress before than going on to have twins (I have an older child too), I am now 1 and 1/2 stone heavier than when I bought it and am getting married in 9 months and really need to shift the weight. I have been trying to shift the weight for thelast 17 months since they were born but have only manged to shift a few lbs.



    I joined a gym 3 months ago amd go 3 times a week as well as walking every day. I'm eating roughly 1200 calories and don't feel like I could eat anymore even if I wanted too so I'm really struggling to see were I'm going wrong. I've been measuring my waist too and had manged to loose and inch butit's all gone back on over the last week. I'd be greatful for any advice you have as I'm starting to get a bit desperate.
  • Hi everyone,



    Thank you so much for joining our healthy lifestyle webchat today.



    We're really lucky to have been joined by dietician Vered Moses who will be answering all your healthy eating and fitness questions over the next hour.



    Vered is with us until 2pm, so please do keep your questions coming in.



    Enjoy!



    Webmaster
  • Hi Everyone!



    Great to see so many of you on here and interested in getting fit and healthy for the big day! Many of of you have got in early and i'm going to try my best to address each of your questions, so keep 'em coming!



    Vered
  • Quoted:
    Hello. I've brought a beautiful strapless gown for my wedding, but want to look the best I possibly can and my upper arms are less toned than I'd like. Do you have any tips or things I can fit into my daily schedule? I've got two months. Thanks!


    Hi there

    You're not alone - many ladies find it difficult to target that upper arm area. The best exercise for that is just some really simple tricep dips, off the edge of a chair or a step. You don't need to go too far - start with 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions, aim for every second day. Check out the Expert advice, Fitness section on My Special K.com, for plenty of other exercise ideas you can try in the lead up to your big day!

    http://www.myspecialk.co.uk/ExpertAdvice/Fitness
  • Quoted:
    Hello! My dress is quite slinky but I'm really worried about my tummy, because it's always bloated. I don't want to wear spanx, and I don't think they work anyway really, and I'm struggling to think of a solution now with a mnth to go - it's stressing me out! Are there any exercises I can do or something? Hope you can help, thanks!


    You'd be surprised at just how common this problem is, particularly among women. It can be related to a number of different factors, both lifestyle and diet. Stress is certainly one of the contributing factors! It might be a good idea to keep track of when you notice the bloating and what you have been doing or eating at the time.

    Different people will find that some foods trigger bloating more than others. For many, it can be related to a lack of fibre in their diet. You might want to try gradually increasing your fibre intake, keeping in mind you should always drink plenty of fluids while you do this.

    Exercise is also a big one - whilst there's no particular exercise that will guarantee you a flatter your stomach in a month, its worth trying to incorporate some light to moderate exercise each day, to help to get things moving along in your digestive system and help ease that bloated feeling.
  • Quoted:
    Hi My sister gets married in 8 weeks and i really need to lose as much weight as possible. I tried slimfast and lost 3 lbs in the first week but nothing in the second. Any advise would be greatly appriciated.


    Firstly, good work on losing those first few pounds, sometimes the hardest part is getting started! The main thing to remember is that when it comes to weight loss, unfortunately quick fix options just aren't the right way to go for your health. But with 8 weeks to go til your sister's big day, you should have enough time to make some changes in your diet and lifestyle. The individualised plans on My Special K.com allow you to select a special event plan, to keep you focused on your weight loss goals up to an end-date that is set by you. Check it out on http://www.myspecialk.co.uk/AboutPlans/ChooseRightPlan.
  • Quoted:
    My big problem is snacking between meal. I'm trying to be good and eat veg-heavy, balanced meals light on the white carbs, but I then end up ravenous between meals. And an apple or banana between lunch and breakfast isn't keeping the hunger pangs away. I get so hungry and grumpy! What are some better ideas on snacks?


    Hi Hula8

    It's so good to hear that you are eating sensibly; sounds like you have a great outlook on healthy weight loss. You mention lots of fruit and veg, and not a lot of white carbs, but don't forget you do need a fair about of carbohydrates each day to keep your energy up - best to choose wholegrain, wholemeal and high-fibre varieties of breads, pasta and cereals. Starting the day with a low-fat, high fibre cereal is a great choice. Foods high in fibre tend to take a little longer to digest and can help fill you up a bit more than lower fibre options. As for healthy snacks, portion size is a big one here. Try to stick to about 100-150 calories and choose options like dried fruit and nuts, raw veggies, low-fat yoghurt or even some home-made popcorn.
  • Hello!



    I'm hoping you can help me. I'm not really interested in losing weight, just want to tone up a bit and eat a bit better, but I have an awful sweet tooth. As soon as I've finished a meal, I crave something sweet and always choose sweet snacks over savory ones. I drink a can of diet coke pretty much every day as well too and I know it's not good for me. But I can't stop!



    Can I stop my sweet tooth?
  • Quoted:
    Hi I have a little while to go until we get married but I would like to know how to lose a stone and keep it off - I have just over a year. Also can you recommend any good exercise that will help me keep toned without haveing to fork out a fortune at the gym every month!


    Hi Mrs S2b17

    That's brilliant that you're ready to take action to lose some weight and get fit and healthy, and since you've still got a whole year to go, you can ensure you lose the weight gradually and keep it off after the wedding too!

    Sounds like the Event Plan on the My Special K website could be just what you're after. It allows you to chose a specific time and set realistic goals. Exercise is very important when trying to lose weight and the My Special K website has loads of exercise videos to help you tone up and lose weight without having to go to the gym.
  • Quoted:
    Hi Vered, We have a gorgeous two year old daughter - we've waited to get married until she was old enough to be our bridesmaid and walk down the aisle - but two years on, I still can't get rid of my "mummy tummy" - please help!!! Thanks


    HappyBride2012

    Wow - that's lovely that you'll have your little girl walking down the isle with you. As for the tummy, i often hear people struggle with this one after having kids. Firstly keep up your general exercise routine and healthy eating. You might be surprised to know that overall cardio workouts, like jogging, running and swimming are great for working your core muscles, even though it feels like you're arms and legs are doing all the work. Try adding in some specific tummy exercises - yoga and pilates are full of these! Or take a look at the Expert Fitness advice on My Special K.com, "Terifically Toned Tums" for some easy exercises you can do on your own.
  • Hello Vered,



    I'm after some healthy eating advice for my skin. It's got quite blotchy and irritated over the last few months and I keep breaking out in spots which really bothers me as I'm nearly 32! I've been quite stressed with wedding planning and moving to a new job so I know my diet has gone down hill. What can I do to get it back on track and what should I be eating to calm my skin down?



    Thank you!



    S x
  • HummoHummo Posts: 2,115
    Hi



    I go to body pump 3 times a week, cycle into work 3 times a week (a 26 mile round trip) as well as use a x-trainner at home on weekends for a couple of hours at a time- yet I am not noticing any difference! (I do feel "fitter" but thats no help when I want to get rid of my bingo wings!)



    Ive been doing the above for about 7 weeks now. I cant cut down drastically on food intake as the exercise needs more fueling, but please give me some inspiration! I have 5 months to lose 10kgs ideally and feel firmer.



    Hummo.
  • Quoted:
    I bought my dress before than going on to have twins (I have an older child too), I am now 1 and 1/2 stone heavier than when I bought it and am getting married in 9 months and really need to shift the weight. I have been trying to shift the weight for thelast 17 months since they were born but have only manged to shift a few lbs. I joined a gym 3 months ago amd go 3 times a week as well as walking every day. I'm eating roughly 1200 calories and don't feel like I could eat anymore even if I wanted too so I'm really struggling to see were I'm going wrong. I've been measuring my waist too and had manged to loose and inch butit's all gone back on over the last week. I'd be greatful for any advice you have as I'm starting to get a bit desperate.


    Hi Ashpo85

    Don't get disheartened - its natural for your body to change a lot after having kids, especially two at once! With 9 months to go until the wedding, it might be worth thinking about making some small adjustments to both your dress and your routine, so that you can set realistic goals for yourself.

    You're already taking steps in the right direction, but with your life being so busy at the moment it's really easy to miss or forget the little additions to your diet, like fizzy drinks or picking at the kids left-overs. A lot of dieters find it useful to keep a food diary. Its amazing what you can learn about your eating habits simply by writing it down. From extra sugar in your tea, to the butter on your toast.

    Great to hear your exercising during the week, but in order to shed that extra weight you may need to vary your routine a bit more and fit in "exercise" more regularly - not necessarily more trips to the gym, but getting more active whenever you can, like taking power walks at lunch time, taking the stairs instead of the lift and even dancing to your fav tune while vacuuming the house!
  • Quoted:
    Hello! I'm hoping you can help me. I'm not really interested in losing weight, just want to tone up a bit and eat a bit better, but I have an awful sweet tooth. As soon as I've finished a meal, I crave something sweet and always choose sweet snacks over savory ones. I drink a can of diet coke pretty much every day as well too and I know it's not good for me. But I can't stop! Can I stop my sweet tooth?
    Missy-Moo-b

    It's good that you recognize what you need to make some changes in your diet. And you're certainly not alone with the sweet cravings after a meal! The best way to combat snacking on sweets snacks all the time is to limit how often or what types you are buying. Some examples of healthier options might be a handful dried fruit or some sugar-free jelly or low-fat fruit yoghurt. A couple of sugar-free sweets after a meal or even a small square of chocolate isn't going to throw out your whole diet, if you make sure to keep to smaller portion sizes and ensure you keep up the variety of healthier options throughout the day, to balance out the not so healthy ones. As for the coke, might be worth weaning yourself down to a few times a week by substituting for a sugar free option like Coke Zero and starting with 1 or 2 ???????coke-free??????? days a week.
  • Hi everyone,



    I'm afraid we've run out of time for new questions in this weeks webchat.



    And a big thank you to Vered for joining us and answering all our healthy eating and fitness puzzlers. I'm sure we've all picked up some fabulous tips.



    Webmaster
  • Quoted:
    Hello Vered, I'm after some healthy eating advice for my skin. It's got quite blotchy and irritated over the last few months and I keep breaking out in spots which really bothers me as I'm nearly 32! I've been quite stressed with wedding planning and moving to a new job so I know my diet has gone down hill. What can I do to get it back on track and what should I be eating to calm my skin down? Thank you! S x


    Hi Strawberry Bride

    Along with diet, stress is often a major cause for changes with your skin. Organising both a wedding and moving to a new job must be very hectic but hopefully as you get into the routine of your new job that will alleviate some of the stress. Regarding diet, the best thing you can do is to make sure you are drinking as much water as possible as this helps to flush out your system and to helps unblock your pores. Try and make time to ensure you are having a balanced diet each day with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and although greasy(-bad') foods don't specifically cause skin irritations they tend to mean you're missing out on other important nutrients from healthier options, which results in a poorer diet overall. This can certainly take its toll on your skin. Unfortunately for some people genetics does play a role in certain skin conditions, so it might be worth checking in with a skin specialist for some reassurance.
  • Thanks everyone. Was fantastic chatting to you all! Hopefully I've given you a few helpful tips to keep you going for now, but if you're looking for more advice, there's plenty of detailed and not-so-detailed info on the My Special K website.



    Just follow this link:



    http://www.myspecialk.co.uk/ExpertAdvice/GetPeopleAdvice



    Best wishes

    Vered
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