Most people have at one time or another thought they would like to lose a few pounds. Perhaps you’ve noticed your jeans getting tighter, or you have a special occasion coming up for which you’d like to look your best. Whatever the reason, it’s always a good time to become healthier and happier.

To achieve a goal of healthy, sustainable weight loss, diets are rarely the answer. The temptation to achieve fast results by crash dieting often leads to piling more weight on in the long run, and punitive, restrictive eating regimes can suck all the joy out of life. Exercise is very useful, but it’s often said that you can’t out-train a bad diet, and that weight loss happens in the kitchen.