A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips

Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM
Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason. Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM

Licking the bowl after baking is something I’ve never grown out of.

For me it’s the best part about it - that and playing Russian roulette with the oven door in a desperate bid to check if your backed goods have risen without letting too much heat escape.

Slice of cake.

Slice of cake.

But my desire to embrace the Great British Bake Off philosophy has some unfortunate downsides as I discovered while forcing the left over butter icing into my mouth after a butterfly bun session.

While we’re inundated with endless TV shows, cook books and crazes shoving the pastime of baking down our throats, what Mary Berry and co fail to mention is the drastic affect all of this domestic goddess lark can have on your waistline.

I love baking and find it a great way to de-stress but buns, cookies and cakes are starting to leave a sour taste in my mouth when it comes to hopping on the weighing scales.

After all a good chef always tastes her creations but this is turning out to be a slippery slope.

So for someone like me who loves food and goes through peaks and troughs when it comes to exercise enthusiasm I’m always on the look out for a quick fix to shedding the pounds.

Imagine my delight when I stumbled across an article online claiming to offer a new weight loss wonder without the need for calorie counting and such like.

The Malory Band - designed by life coach Penny Malory is billed as ‘your best friend if you want to change the way you eat and exercise’.

This sounded like my miracle cure but on closer inspection the wonder product seemed to be just a piece of string that you wear around your stomach.

The idea is that the woven cord digs in when you have eaten too much - I don’t know about you but my clothes have been serving the same purpose for years.

And at £39.95 for the product I was shocked to read that it has been flying off the shelves in more than 100 countries since gaining a cult following online.

I don’t understand how wearing a piece of string around your waist can help you shed the pounds but apparently people are getting results.

The simple theory behind it dates back to Egyptian times and our Victorian ancestors also apparently tied cords around their waists to ensure they stayed in shape.

Apparently this mean you don’t have to follow a diet and can eat regularly but you will eat less because the band reminds you.

And as the average 45-year-old woman has been on 61 diets... it’s obvious a new solution is needed.

But at £39.95 for what appears to be a piece of string I may have a go at making my own DIY version before I fork out.