If you are unhappy with your weight and have been considering going on a diet, now might be the time to take the bull by the horns and implement some changes. Summer is traditionally a time when we swap our hearty comfort foods for lighter bites, making it a very natural period to try and alter your eating habits on a permanent basis. So, where should you start?. When the sun is in the sky outdoor exercise such as walking or cycling becomes far more appealing, but it can be a bit of an obstacle for those people who are carrying a few extra pounds. If you want to give yourdiet a head start before you begin pounding the pavement, you might consider seeking a helping hand from weight loss drugs such as Alli or Adios, which
are available online from Lloyds Pharmacy
. Adios is a herbal slimming tablet that is thought to promote weight lossalongside a calorie-controlled diet. Alli on the other hand is only available to those with a BMI of 28 or higher and works by blocking up to a quarter of the fat you eat from being absorbed into your body - helping you to make healthy choices and potentially lose another pound for every two you would through calorie-controlled dieting alone. This could help those who don't feel confident about exercising to get there a little quicker. 'Move more, eat less' is the dieter's mantra, so swap winter stews and carb-tastic pasta meals for salads, fish and poultry and trade winter's hot puddings and custard for fruit or sorbets. Staying well hydrated can help you stave off hunger pangs too - but beware of diet drinks, several studies have suggested that drinking too much of these can actually be bad for you and may even make you hungrier. Please check out this very
. Whatever the time of year, social occasions can provide dietingobstacles. When at barbecues, weddings or other events with friends and family, try and make the right choices but don't chastise yourself and give up completely if you don't. Many slimmers swear by keeping a food diary so that they can try and balance what they eat and allow themselves the occasional treat. This needn't mean carrying around a pen and paper at all times either; there are free apps available that allow you to count calories throughout the day and make a note of what you are eating. Or, you can keep it simple by making a discreet note of what you eat at each meal time in the notes section of your mobile phone. This allows you to go back and check your week in food with ease and can stop you from over rewarding yourself with food.