Monday, 27 February 2012

What you have to do to lose weight and keep it off

It says in the Guardian today that:
If you do plateau [in your weight loss], check that you're sticking to your plan and whether your goal is unrealistic. The ongoing National Weight Control Registry in America is the largest study of long term successful weight loss ... It finds that people who manage to keep weight off eat breakfast, weigh themselves once a week, watch less than 10 hours of television a week and exercise about an hour a day. If you do all of those things as well as cut your calorie intake, you won't need to measure if your diet is working or not. You'll know that it is.

At least I eat breakfast.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Keep speeches to 5 minutes max

By Simon Jenkins in The Guardian:
Research apparently shows that most audiences can recall little beyond the first five minutes of any talk. The brain simply shuts up shop, to await that ever-exhilarating phrase "and now finally". Listeners know this, yet they forget it when they become speakers. Probably the most famous speech in history, Lincoln's Gettysburg address, had just 10 sentences and 272 words. It followed a two-hour speech by a man called Everett, which no one remembers.