Health watch: Five questions to Carole Holditch

Carole Holditch.

Good Habits is a healthy lifestyle company, aimed at helping people lose weight through a combination of diet and exercise. Carole Holditch, 44, set up the business 10 years ago, having lost 19 kilos through the regime. She tells Emirates Business readers how to lose weight – and keep it off.

Why are people so concerned with losing weight for the summer?

We get three influxes, Easter to look good for summer, September, when people get back from holiday, and January following the excesses of the festive period. This is also a particularly popular time because many people move to the UAE at this time of year and 12 months later they want to lose the weight.

How difficult is it to eat well and exercise when on holiday?

It can be difficult, so it is important for people to do their research. On holiday, people should remember to eat sensibly throughout the day instead of saving their calories for their evening meal. It's also wise to have a snack before going out so as not to reach the restaurant starving and dig into the bread basket.

What is your best weight loss tip?

When you slip up forget about it and have a fresh start. Many people stop because of this, but it's human nature and as long as you get straight back on the plan it's fine.

Why do you ban the word "diet"?

I hate the word because it conjures up images of starvation and going without. Our plan is a way of life. We include 500 calories of treats a week so people never feel too restricted. This is important because many diets say a person can't have certain things, but we don't agree with that.

What is the key to keeping the weight off?

We have a saying, "if you lose it fast it won't last", so I advise people to take it slowly and lose up to one kilo a week. A person will also get better results if they do regular exercise.