I have been struggling with losing weight for a long time. If I lose it I gain it back and I am the kind of person that doesn't like exercise. What can I do to get rid of my excessive fat?

Many people struggle to lose weight and keep it off, it is easy to start a diet then lose focus after a few weeks. Once you restrict your diet or cut calories your body inevitably thinks there is a famine out there and that causes stress, stress causes the body to release adrenaline, this encourages your body to store fat and slows down the metabolism making it harder to lose the weight and keep it off. The solution is to look at changing the way you eat once and for all rather than embarking on a 'diet'. One of the best ways to lose weight and keep it off is to eat to balance your blood sugar by following a plan that avoids sugar and stimulants and once reduction starts, your carbohydrates will have a positive effect on this. It might sound complicated but the principles are easy, ensure you eat regular meals, always combining carbohydrate rich foods with protein and ensure that over half of your plate is full of non starchy vegetables. It would also be wise to look at having a session with a nutritionist so you can look in more detail at your specific diet and lifestyle factors that might be hindering any weight loss. You also mentioned that you don't like exercise but increasing your activity levels will help, you don't have to join a gym or do a specific exercise class. Activities such as walking, dancing or swimming can all help to increase activity levels and boost metabolism.

I have eczema/dry skin. Is there any food I can eat to help it?

Although, eczema and dry skin is a condition that affects the external skin layers. It is something that can be helped by diet. We often say to clients look at it with an inside out approach as what we put into our bodies does have an impact on the external layers such as our skin and hair. There are general principles that can be applied, ensure that you are drinking at least eight glasses of water a day as this will help to hydrate the skin. Also ensure that you are consuming plenty of good quality fats as these can help calm inflammation in the body, so think coconut oil, olive oil, avocados and oily fish. Aim for one portion daily. Also ensure you are eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, try to get a rainbow of colours in and aim for at least five portions of vegetables and two fruits daily as this will give your body the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants required to keep you in optimum health.