Not seeing results? We always go back to within the weight range coded in our DNA and fighting it is a battle we can never win. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Q I’ve tried exercising three times a week and cutting the crap religiously but this flabby middle is going nowhere, for the love of God. I blame the (...)

It’s not worth using up your energy by getting angry over the school emails. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I am sick to death of having to spend so much of the little free time I have dealing with the ridiculous amount of email correspondence from our (...)

Bring a frisbee to the park, and get your exercise while entertaining the kids. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q The summer holiday is upon us and, as a-stay-at-home mother of three kids under six, my morning window to run, which I stuck to religiously just (...)

Running can bring positive feeling about your body through a transformed attitude. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q Hi Ruth, I’m in need of some advice and a serious wake-up call, as motivation meltdown has struck me badly. I read Run, Fat B!tch, Run in 2013 and c(...)

‘I consider it to be a major perk of being a mother of two that I no longer have to worry about wearing a bikini.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I’m sick of diets, but I’m terrified about braving the beach this summer. But no change there: I feel like this every year. In fact, I rarely, if ev(...)

Accepting yourself is one thing, accepting living with a BMI of 40 is quite another; so accept instead that you do need to lose some weight. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q After 20 years – half of my life – in and out of slimming clubs, I feel I need to stop. Yes, I have lost weight and am not as big as I used to be(...)

Tackle a kitchen cupboard shelf.  It’s the first step that must be taken in order to begin any project. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I’ve been reading “Cut the Crap”, and I’m so motivated to get started. I loved “Run, Fat B!tch, Run” but never made it up off the sofa. I’m feeli(...)

Q Dear Grit Doctor, I have three children. I work full-time, I run regularly and I cycle to work. However, I had a medical mishap recently that has(...)

Leave the sit-ups aside for now and try an alternative back-strengthening exercise. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q To cut a long story short, I suffered from debilitating backache for years until I found out about anti-inflammatory foods – such as the arthritis d(...)

Q Dear Grit Doctor, tell me you are joking that you don’t have a box overflowing with biscuits, bars and crisps at home for the kids. Mine would go(...)