Woman’s Own: Is your mum making you fat?

Food nutritionist Monica Grenfell shows you how to get savvy to mum-manipulation and lose 3lb a week with her plan!

Most people need the support of their nearest and dearest when they’re trying to diet. But what if the very people you rely on most, like your mother, are sabotaging your efforts and even using emotional blackmail to put you off?

Does it seem that every time you go round, your mum’s cooked something fattening and gets upset if you don’t eat it? I’ve found that handling manipulative mums is a major mailbag moan. But practical steps, like a low-calorie plan that works around treats and allows six snacks a day, will still help you lose 2-3lb a week.

Here are your top three questions – with my answers – to help tackle tricky situations.