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  • 20 October 2017

    Join the Resolution! Getting Ready to Lose Weight in 2018

    Getting ready to make the changes needed to lose weight is a process. If you are reading this you have already started that process and have moved from the ‘Precontemplation’ stage (unawareness or denial) to the...
  • 20 October 2017

    New Year's Resolutions - Living your best life

    Have you resolved to lose weight this year? Or have you resolved to not make any New Year’s resolutions? Either way, the New Year is an opportunity to reflect on how you want to live your best life in 2018.   The New...
  • 20 October 2017

    Reaching the Tipping Point - Are you ready to change your life?

    Did you over indulge at Christmas? Did you just get to the point where you said “Enough is enough! I don’t want to live this way any more”? Are you ready to make the changes necessary to lose weight? Many of us know...
  • 20 October 2017

    Vive la Resolution! You can make it happen!

    New Years resolutions make good media stories in January. Apparently 44% of us make New Years resolutions and our top 3 resolutions are to: Lose weight Exercise more and Eat healthier Of course these are excellent...
  • 17 October 2017

    Expressing What We Value This Christmas

    Food, especially at Christmas, is used to express many culturally important ideals and values including love, belonging, inclusion, welcome, hospitality and generosity. Food represents so many of the things we hold dear. But if we...
  • 17 October 2017

    The Real Treats of Christmas

    We’ve just set up our Christmas tree – it’s a real one bought from a local smallholder – and the smell of fresh pine immediately takes me back to Christmas’ past and happy memories.   But...
  • 17 October 2017

    Why Weight-loss Groups Help You Lose More

    Joining a Weight-loss Group or losing weight On Your Own: Which is Better? Your weight-loss journey can be a very personal experience. Often, we feel ashamed by our body size, have a skewed self-image of ourselves and low self-esteem....
  • 10 October 2017

    Why thinking positively about a new healthy lifestyle works

    Fat Chance! is different from other approaches to weight-loss in the emphasis we place on changing our thinking as the first step to a better life. I have been fortunate to be able to listen to some very interesting speakers at various...
  • 10 October 2017

    Yes, they really do eat salad for breakfast in Israel!

    I recently returned from two weeks in Israel with my family. And wherever we stayed there was always salad for breakfast! Truly! I’ve put a photo up here to prove it. Whether we stayed in a flash hotel in Jerusalem, on an...
  • 6 October 2017

    Embracing Exercise as your weight-loss ally - first steps

    We know all the benefits of exercise… weight loss, healthy heart and healthy mind. We know, in our minds at least, that if we want to lose weight we have to become more active. I would even go so far as to say that it is...
  • 6 October 2017

    How to enjoy exercise

    Do you have a dream of what you would like your body to do for you? What is your dream? Have you wished it was possible? How can you make it happen? Today I’d like to cast a vision that until now you might not have thought...
  • 6 October 2017

    What counts as exercise and what exercise counts?

    Today I want to explore how we can get smarter about exercising for weight loss. The key is to combine determination, enjoyment and knowledge, so that what you do counts.  Previously you may have been so determined to get started...
  • 5 October 2017

    Pleasure now or satisfaction later?

    Psychology plays such a big part in weight loss! One important issue is the basic pleasure we derive from eating yummy food. Enjoying eating is built into us as a basic survival mechanism so we don’t starve! But if we place too much...
  • 22 September 2017

    Establishing New Slim Habits

    One of the secrets of success for long-term sustainable weight loss is replacing bad old habits with new slim habits and behaviours. And the secret to that is practice, practice, practice until they become your new normal! Habits are...
  • 22 September 2017

    Vegetables: Maximum Nutrients for Minimum Calories

    How are you getting on with your New Year’s resolutions? I’m sure you are doing great. Remember they are better framed positively as adopting something new that you will enjoy and benefit from rather than as giving something up....
  • 19 September 2017

    Kelly-Anne's Amazing Success Story!

    Kelly-Anne’s Amazing Weight-Loss Transformation Kelly-Anne never used to be able to leave her home. House-bound due to her weight, she felt isolated and lonely. “This is the very chair I was home-bound in,” said...
  • 19 September 2017

    Mike's Story

    I’d like to share with you Mike’s inspiring weight loss story, a heartfelt and very personal story that illustrates the emotional relationship men have with eating, food and themselves. Over-eating by men often has to...
  • 19 September 2017

    Returning to Our Roots - pun intended

    Why getting in touch with nature helps us enjoy a healthy balanced diet One day each week Fat Chance! The no-going-back Weight Loss Workbook has the theme “Enjoying a healthy balanced diet”. The focus is on learning to...
  • 28 August 2017

    How to gain strategic advantage in the weight-loss battle

    To lose weight successfully we have to think strategically and be skillful manipulators of our own minds and bodies. One day each week Fat Chance! The no-going-back Weight Loss Workbook has the theme “Working with your...
  • 28 August 2017

    Making your calories count

    Here is a question for you: What is the difference between dieting and changing your lifestyle? One answer is that dieting is about counting calories, while changing your lifestyle is about making your calories count! Clever eh! If...
  • 28 August 2017

    What are we teaching our children about food?

    Are our children receiving the right messages about food? How do we ensure that as they grow, they view food as fuel and not as something to fill an emotional need? Let’s start with the idea that food is often seen as a reward....
  • 14 August 2017

    How keeping a food diary will help you lose weight (1)

    What does a food diary do and how can it help you lose weight? Today I want to explore one of the main reasons why Fat Chance! is so successful and is changing people's lives, and that is simply because, at its essence, it is a journal,...
  • 14 August 2017

    How keeping a food diary will help you lose weight (2)

    Last time I focused on how to keep a food diary and how it makes you aware of your eating habits. The second step is to make the most of your new knowledge to create life-long change. Once you become aware of what and why you eat,...
  • 14 August 2017

    So how do slim people eat?

    I've been delighted to be invited to speak to Mere Whanarere's "Why Weight" group at Inspire Health and Fitness in Whanganui several times over the past three years. Each year a new group of about 30 use the Fat Chance!...
  • 11 March 2015

    Laura's Blog (2)

    Look at me the way I use to be flagging self-confidence tired all the time and not doing much of anything with my life However, today I write with glee about all the things I am meant to be...
  • 4 March 2015

    Laura's Blog (1)

    Tomorrow I am off for an extended time away and to an engagement party in Otaki --the same place I spent the Christmas holidays. It will be good for me as my friend is a "slim eater" and I need to reconnect. During my Fat...

"Fat Chance! encourages healthy thinking and behaviours to address weight and body image problems. If you are motivated, and provided there are no underlying psychological difficulties, you will lose weight."

Karen Nimmo,
Clinical Psychologist
and Author