How to get slim and healthy – 10 expert tips

Tatler CoverLet’s face it, to how to get slim and healthy is the hottest topic around, but it takes a little more than just drinking lots of water and eating a few more greens. Yo-yo dieting and spurts of exercise are rarely successful too. Max Kirsten offers individualised programs from his world renown Kensington clinic, tailored to your specific needs. Max has also published a series of award winning apps that will provide you with the skills to make healthier choices, informing you about proper nutrition, ways to get slim and healthy, exercise, lifestyle and sleep.

Max Kirsten has created 10 expert tips to help you to get slim and healthy

1. Cleanse to kickstart your ‘get slim and healthy program’

There is no better way to kick-start your get slim program than to begin with a deep, full body cleanse.  Now this doesn’t mean starving yourself for a week (starving yourself is never the answer to weight loss and is ineffective and dangerous).  Cleansing is about re-setting your body system so your nutrition can get you back on track.

It’s a fact that our bodies are being bombarded with toxins and other slow poisons daily; not good for any get healthy campaign.  They are hidden in our food and the environment around us. That being said, your body is already a ‘superhero’ at continuously detoxifying itself.  So, unless you are detoxing from drugs, the body really doesn’t need very much to help it fight these toxins.  Drinking pure water, reducing all processed foods to zero, and living on vegetables and fruits for 3 days can give your body the boost it needs to cleanse itself even more deeply…. a great way to start a get slim and healthy program.

How to get slim and healthy - 9 ‘Bullet-proof' ways

2. Record your measurements – how to get slim means knowing your starting point!

It’s essential that you have your baseline starting point to track your progress. So, no matter how depressing it may be to face reality, you better crack out that measuring tape! The good news is that you’re never going to be like this again! How to get slim and healthy will start to de-mystify. Track your progress, but not daily. Ideally, every week on a chosen day and a set time, is a good idea. Although if you are following your weight loss program correctly, you already know that your body is losing weight and becoming slimmer.

3. List your weaknesses  – be honest

If you know your weaknesses – they can become your strengths. If you know that you can’t be trusted to buy the right foods for your home, get help to make those healthy choices! Perhaps you know that you need a personal coach or a personal trainer to show up and get you moving, because you know that without them you would be a couch potato. Perhaps your kitchen, fridge and cupboards already have loads of unhealthy foods hidden away. Try to buy all the right stuff, and get rid of the unhealthy stuff!

4. Plan your Get Slim and healthy strategy

Achievements are rarely accidental, so the better your weight loss plan, the more successful you’ll be. Your plan should include better nutrition, more sleep (we need sleep to become slim), earlier meals, early nights to bed, drinking water regularly (lots of it, but less in the evening), and making fresh vegetables a staple of your diet. No one ever put on weight eating fresh vegetables! Plan your healthier life to the finest detail. But, keep it real and flexible as well. If you get knocked off course, don’t get upset. After all, we’re only human. Instead use your essential resilience to get you back on course as soon as possible! That’s what really counts and you will become slim and more healthy. Expect the unexpected on the road to get slim and healthy.

5. Active vs passive

When it comes to achieving something, having an active thought process is always better than a passive one.

  • Always say I am going to the gym, yoga etc…
  • Never say ‘I am going to start doing these things’.

Remember that you’ve already begun. Everything you list is already a fact and you are now doing it every day. I can, I will, I am.

6. Be social

No matter where you go, people will drink alcohol, eat snacky, fatty foods and often unwittingly promote unhealthy behaviour. There is no getting away from this. But, that doesn’t mean you have to hide under your couch (or treadmill) for a year.  Wherever you go, you need to be prepared to breath, eat, and live your ‘New Slim You’ philosophy.  So if you’re going to a party where you know there will be beer and crisps stacked to the ceiling, bring something healthy along that you can share with your friends.  And, if they label you as a ‘kill-joy’ or a ‘health nut’? Well, that’s their problem if they won’t support your decision to become healthier. Ask their advice if they make jokes… how to get slim and healthy can involve them too.

Also, rarely rely on other people’s choices.  If they’re eating something that they think is healthy but you don’t, stick to your guns.  Control certainty. Another way of getting your friends to support you is by getting them to get involved too.  Encourage them to come on healthy walks, or succumb to a dance class (salsa is always fun!). Encourage your friends to get slim and healthy with you.  Of course they may not want to, but then that’s their loss.

7. Reduce portion sizes to get slim

To get slim, you need to burn more calories than you consume, which inevitably means some kind of portion control. You  are not necessarily destined for a growling stomach until you reach your get slim goal. Portion control doesn’t mean you have to eat tiny portions. Here are some suggestions….

  • Drink a big glass of water before you eat. It will fill your stomach.
  • Pile on the veg!
  • Use smaller plates/bowls at home.
  • Hide those enormous ‘goldfish bowl’ wine glasses.
  • Eat foods that require some work! Pistachio nuts with shells, fruit that requires peeling.
  • Avoid buffet style restaurants. Also carvery style places.
  • Don’t graze for friends/children’s plates!
  • If you fancy 2 courses…. go for starter/main rather than main/pudding.
  • …..for more help and advice (eg. nutritional planning, eating disorders), you can contact Max Kirsten and arrange an appointment.

8. Always eat breakfast to get into a healthy routine

No ifs ands or buts! Unless you want to keep or even to get a fat butt. Always eat something first thing in the morning. This will help your metabolism to work faster over the day. Some of my fav ‘breaky’ picks include yoghurt, a little fruit, or organic muesli. They’re all great energy foods. Continue to manage your blood sugars throughout the day by eating little and often. Enjoy the gaps between your meals. Eat earlier in the evening, sip water, and snack on vegetables throughout the day. This is the way to get slim and healthy.

9. Commit to get slim!

How to get slim and healthy……  desires and dreams never become true unless you have already committed to making them true – no matter what. Total commitment is essential. There are no excuses, just get slim and stay slim. Your success at becoming slim is your responsibility, no one else’s. There are no excuses. You are going to get slim. Fact.

10. Exercise to get slim

Lifestyle and attitudinal changes are a fantastic way to achieve your goal to get slim and healthy, but we do need to ‘get off one’s ass’ and get down to some exercise. This will be the subject of our next post!

As a weight loss specialist, and as a clinical hypnotherapist and NLP success coach, Max encourages all his weight loss clients to improve their success, resolve and determination.  If you want success,:

Enjoy your ‘get slim and healthy’ journey.

Good luck!


How to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions!

Now that we are well into the New Year, you’ve probably made – or are thinking of making – some resolutions. But, can you keep them and stick to the plan? Whether you’ve decided to quit smoking, lose weight, get fit or just stop drinking alcohol for a month, there are some great things you can do to make the most of your New Year’s resolution.

How to stick to your New Years Resolutions

Why are you making this resolution?

The first thing that needs to happen is to be clear in you mind about why you are adopting this new behavior? This should be at the root of any decision you make, and will help you greatly in sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Some questions to ask when figuring this out are: What will be the benefits of taking on this New Year’s resolution? Is it healthier lungs? A slimmer, healthier body? Increased confidence?

Some people steer away from New Year’s Resolutions because they think they are too hard to keep. But, by keeping a few essential things in mind, and using some effective tools, you’ll find yourself breezing your way to achieving some great results.

How are you going to make it happen?

Focus on how you are going to look, feel and be better having made your New Year’s resolution, and having stuck to it – no matter what! It’s also important to be regularly inspired by your New Year’s resolution decision. It helps to be proud, excited, and focused on the positive outcome that lies ahead.

Visualize the benefits

Visualizing how you will look better, or feel healthier, is also a great way to make sticking to your New Year’s resolution easier. For example, if you want to loose weight:

Imagine yourself in the summer – looking slim, attractive and fabulous – walking on a beach, or out for a ‘night on the town’. Feel how healthy you are as a result. Then, think about how you are looking and feeling better than you have in years. Know that you made all of this happen and that you alone can take the credit for making that change! Now realize that the decision you made when you gave up smoking, or overeating, has changed your relationship with yourself. Now, you take care of the body that you live in, instead of neglecting it and treating it badly.

It’s all about commitment

It’s no surprise that commitment is King when it comes to sticking to your New Year’s resolution. You can decide to change yourself ‘for the better’ in January, but it’s only real if you commit to it 100%. It’s not negotiable. You need to be completely focused and determined on achieving your goal, and your vision of who you really want to be!

It’s the little steps that count

That’s not to say that you can’t be flexible or adaptive. If something isn’t working, then figure out another way to achieve results. And remember, worrying obsessively over something won’t help either. For instance, if you’re struggling with your decision to give loved ones more time, or to be more patient with others, remember that you’re only human. Most things aren’t worth losing your mind over!

Sometimes getting just one more hour of sleep, for two or three times a week, can have a massive change on your outlook of life. Or, if you gave up drinking alcohol on the 1st of January, it only takes a few replacements with soft drinks, – juice or pure water is even better – to begin to feel the benefits.

Oh, the temptations!

And, yes, of course, there will be temptations – at social gatherings, parties, even just when hanging out with your friends. There will be temptations to eat the wrong things, to pick up a cigarette, or even to have a few “innocent” sips of beer. You’ll be persuaded to give in for all the wrong reasons – feeling bored, annoyed, frustrated, or even excited. You may even think it’s no big deal, considering you’ve done it so much before. This is natural. No one is perfect. So expect these temptations, but instead of giving in to them, imagine being strong in your commitment not to relent!

Make a list

One of the best tips I can give is to make a small list on a piece of paper and keep it by your bed – or somewhere you see it regularly. List all of your reasons for why you are adopting this new behavior. List all the positive benefits. If there’s a picture or pictures that inspire you, cut them out or copy them, then put it next to your list (you can even make a beautiful collage if you feel like it!). Read this list, and look at the pictures regularly.

When the going gets tough…

Most people need extra support, or even a coach, or therapist to help them to stay on their journey. I highly recommend that you download my completely FREE hypnotic NLP audio program called ‘New You 2015’ which you can find on my website

But if your goal is to successfully quit smoking, lose weight, healthy eating, better sleep, or just to be your very best, I have a number of Award-winning advanced hypnotherapy NLP Apps and downloads that may be very useful to help you truly succeed! Read the reviews – they have already helped thousands of people make positive changes around the world.


Feeling particularly un-inspired this January? Here are some ideas for New Year’s resolutions that you can tackle:

Achieve your peak fitness

Be more patient with people (friends, family, co-workers),

Be less grumpy, or irritable

Be more motivated and positive

Think better of other people

Give up gossiping about other people’s business (let’s face it, no one really likes a gossip)


Inner qualities you will need to achieve success

These are your inner qualities that you should try to embody when tackling your New Year’s resolution: Courage, Resilience, Mental Strength, Positivity, Belief, Flexibility, Relentless Commitment, Motivation, Responsibility, Persistence, Patience, Determination, Perspective, and the keys of Absolute Certainty and Intention. And above all else ‘stick’ to your New Year’s Resolution no matter what! It’s not negotiable!


Good luck!


Daily Calcium will Help you to Succeed!

There’s a very good reason why milk is usually included in most diet plans. Together with other dairy products including yoghurt and cheese, it’s packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, which is needed for strong bones and teeth. In fact, good intakes of calcium, particularly in childhood, the teenage years and early adulthood can help reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis (brittle bone disease) in later life, a condition that currently affects one woman in three and one man in 12 over the age of 50.

Calcium Cheese

Fortunately, reduced-fat dairy products contain just as much calcium, if not a little more, than full-fat products, making them an important part of a slimming diet.

Good non-dairy sources of calcium include fish where the bones are eaten such as canned sardines and mackerel, white bread (white flour is fortified with calcium), green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, nuts, seeds, beans, dried fruit and oranges. Fortunately, many of these foods also tend to be low in calories and so can easily be incorporated into a sliming diet. As you’re currently avoiding dairy products, you should make sure you eat plenty of these foods. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the body more easily absorbs the calcium in milk and dairy products than the calcium in most other food.

For good health, the Department of Health recommends that adults consume 700mg of calcium each day.

More Fat Loss Tips

How to get slim and healthy - 9 ‘Bullet-proof' ways

You have heard about all the weight loss programs or even tried some yourself. And failed! You will learn here a very important fact that can turn your weight loss battle into a fat loss success.

The reason most people want to achieve weight loss is because they want a healthier fitter self. Let’s think about this for a minute.

The human body is made mainly of fat, protein, carbohydrates and water. You can lose weight by reducing your bodies content of any one of these but which is the healthiest option.

You can lose weight by losing more water from your body. That is what diuretics do. Now although the scales will return a lower figure than before, is this really a fitter you? I think not! It ends up with a dehydrated you and let’s be honest, one day you just have got to drink.
What about losing body protein. This happens when you starve yourself. You burn up lean body mass, protein, and eventually replace it with fat. Again, not a healthier, fitter you.

The crux is what you need to focus on is losing body FAT. Fat loss should be the main focus of your bid to get fit and healthy. Fat loss does not necessarily mean weight loss. In fact you may put on weight! This is because most fat loss programs build muscle bulk as well. Volume for volume, muscle weighs more.

So you may ask that if your weight could go up, why bother with a fat loss regimen.

Simple. A 70 kilogram, lean man is more healthy than a 70 kilogram fat man.

Think about it. A weight lifter could weigh a hundred kilograms but he is mostly lean muscle with very little fat. Think of how healthy he is compared to the 100 kilogram fat man. Who is heading for that stroke or heart attack?

So shift your focus. Go from the million weight loss diets that never work to a healthy fat loss program.

Burn the fat. Succeed where others failed.

“Eat less, Exercise more.”

Look at your weight loss target goal daily as a number to re-enforce your commitment to your new healthy eating behaviours and taking of regular exercise.

Any kind exercise is better than none at all. Even walking briskly for 30 minutes a day will soon bring you those much desired results.

Any exercise that gets your heart-rate up above normal is in fact burning through those unwanted calories off your body.

Be healthy.