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Twelve tips for permanent weight loss

In Grace Kitto’s memoir of weight loss, Saving Grace, she outlines 12 points to permanent weight loss. They are:

  1. Do the mental work

The biggest help you can give yourself is to be your own detective. Work through your history and your present to see what drives you. Be truthful about it but also be forgiving. Learn to be flexible and accept solutions which are far from perfect. Train yourself to succeed.

  1. Do it slowly

At least at the beginning. It’s easier for you to carry out. It’s likely to be more permanent. It’s less of a shock to your system. It gives your skin a chance to recover and shrink in line with your weight loss, leaving no sagging folds of loose flesh. If you want to speed up in the later stages, so be it.

  1. Keep it balanced

We are omnivores and should eat like omnivores, a little of everything, nothing forbidden. Rules that are too strict are hard to keep.

  1. Keep it varied

If a diet stops working, change it. We are not cult members. Just because we joined one diet programme, it is not our failure if it stops working. Feel free to move on.

  1. Set a realistic timeframe for changing your diet, but no timetable for your weight loss

It will take as long as it takes. A year is a good place to start. Once that time is over, the second year is easy to commit to. If you have a lot to lose, you will be very lucky to shed as much as a pound a week long term, whatever the magazines tell you.

  1. Practise patience

This is a long slow process. Calm your thinking and ease yourself into it. This will help when weight is slow to shift, or when inevitable plateaus hit.

  1. Practise restraint

Teach yourself to wait a while between desire and consumption. Stretch the waiting time. It’s a habit you can learn. You are not helpless over your own behaviour.

  1. Sleep

Recognise that lack of sleep is associated with obesity and commit to resting for eight hours a night, and getting as much sleep as possible in that time.

  1. Treat diet products cautiously

Eat normal food and use portion control to restrict calories. A few judiciously chosen diet products may be helpful. But be aware that there is often very little calorie difference between a diet product and the non-diet version. ‘Low fat’ versions often have added carbs or sugars to make them more palatable.

  1. Chart your progress

Measure success in the long term, not daily or weekly. Half a pound off a week sounds like a minimal result, but half a stone in three months sounds great. They’re the same thing. Commit for the long term.

  1. Give yourself recovery time

At the end of your diet you will need to allow at least half as much time again to regularise your calorie intake and adjust to your new weight. Factor it in right from the start so that you don’t trip up at the end.

  1. Learn to say yes

It’s as important to say yes as to say no to our own desires. Don’t make this process a torment. Sometimes consciously decide to relax the diet regime in a positive way – not a lapse, but a decision. Eat mindfully. Enjoy this moment to the full, and then practise restraint afterwards.

Julie Myerson has called Saving Grace ‘a grippingly intelligent and likeable feminist memoir of weight loss’. If you want to read more, you can order it from any good bookshop and here.

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Out now! Times Like These

Happy publication day to David Ziggy Greene for Times Like These, his collection of graphic reportage from his Scene & Heard column in Private Eye.

The comics community is loving the book, with fantastic coverage from Forbidden Planet International (including a Director’s Commentary by David) and Bleeding Cool. Orbital Comics made it a staff pick!

‘Scene and Heard does the opposite of that soul-crushing dehumanisation that much of the modern media creates … Times Like These is a beautiful example of the power of the comics medium.’ Forbidden Planet International

‘[Times Like These] is a ride through humanity. Which, yes, is often hideous but the details are fascinating. Greene’s pen-line makes sure of that.’ Bleeding Cool

Super-fans can pick up a copy with an exclusive signed bookplate from Gosh Comics.

David Ziggy Greene’s reports will be on display during an exhibition at Orbital Comics from May 11th-31st, with a special signing and Q&A taking place on May 26th.

David will appear at a special V&A members’ event on May 24th.

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‘A fascinating series of snapshots of society’

With David Ziggy Greene’s reportage from Private Eye‘s Scene & Heard column, Times Like These, out next week, we have had some wonderful advance publicity.

‘Scene and Heard does the opposite of that soul-crushing dehumanisation that much of the modern media creates … Times Like These is a beautiful example of the power of the comics medium to be used in different ways … Above all Times Like These is very, warmly human, and personal … It’s a fascinating series of snapshots of society, drawn – literally – from all walks of life.’  

Forbidden Planet International 

‘[Times Like These] is a ride through humanity. Which, yes, is often hideous but the details are fascinating. Greene’s pen-line makes sure of that.’  

Bleeding Cool 


Out 1 May. Or preorder now.

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Press on publication for The Bridesmaid’s Daughter

Deeply moving memoir The Bridesmaid’s Daughter by Nyna Giles and Eve Claxton was published last week. Press started on Sunday ahead of publication with a five page serialisation in You magazine.

And followed later in the week with a full-page interview in the Express.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the book, you’ll find lots more photos of Carolyn Reynolds and Grace Kelly on the book’s Pinterest page.

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March events

It has been a busy March for author events.

Sharon Blackie gave a workshop on The Enchanted Life at Alternatives in London.

And both Christopher Nicholson (Among the Summer Snows) and Conor Woodman (The Scam Hunter) appeared at Words by the Water, the Lake District’s literary festival in Keswick.

Christopher Nicholson at Words by the Water.

You can catch Sharon at again at TEDxStormontSalon on 7 April. And do check our Events page for more events as they are announced.

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Happy publication day What My Girlfriends Told Me!

Congratulations to Sonja Bajic on the publication of What My Girlfriends Told Me, which is full of the best advice from Sonja’s friends – for times of heartache or uncertainty, long nights and new beginnings. It’s a perfect empowering treat for International Women’s Day.


And publicity has kicked off with an interview in Female First.