Forget dieting – if you want to lose weight, just stand up: Our writer lost half a stone by staying on her feet more often every day

Result: After a month of standing up more she lost half a stone

Could your daily vitamin pills take years off your life? They’re taken by thousands to boost their health but recent studies have found some supplements could do more harm than good Dr Stuart Biddle, Professor of Physical Activity & Health at Loughborough University, who is backing WeightWatchers campaign, says: Even if you exercise for at least 30 minutes most days, you are still storing up health problems from being sedentary too much. The message is clear – move more and sit less! He has come up with a list of small changes you can make to incorporate sitting less into daily life – from using your smartphone while standing up, to placing your computer on an ironing board and even moving your bin away from your desk, forcing you to stand up to use it. Tall order: Liz tried balancing her laptop on an ironing board and books so she could stand while working He says you should water the garden using a watering can rather than a hosepipe. If there are just a few dirty plates after dinner, stand and wash them at the sink rather than loading the dishwasher and flopping on the sofa. Convenience is the enemy of calories. And every second counts. WeightWatchers suggests you squeeze the muscles in your bottom repeatedly as you brush your teeth.

Hiding temptations in dieting backed by brain scans

Giving in to a sweet tooth is one manifestation of struggles with self-control.

“Struggles with self-control pervade daily life and characterize an array of dysfunctional behaviours, including addiction, overeating, overspending and procrastination,” Molly Crockett, a postdoctoral fellow at University College London, and her co-authors said in today’s issue of the journal Neuron. Giving in to a sweet tooth is one manifestation of struggles with self-control. (Toby Melville/Reuters) “Our research suggests that the most effective way to beat temptations is to avoid facing them in the first place,” she said in a release.

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