For most people, weight gain in middle age is insidious. A pound gained here and there is imperceptible but before you know it you can’t fasten your jeans. Once you are stuck with a wider waistline, the prospect of shifting that extra weight through stringent diet and exercise can seem overwhelming. But two new studies offer hope in the form of a small-changes approach to weight loss and improved health, promising results with achievable, science-based baby steps.

In one of the papers, the lead author Amanda Daley, professor of behavioural medicine at Loughborough University’s Centre for Lifestyle Medicine and Behaviour (Climb), and her team analysed data from 19 trials involving more than 3,000 people to find out if following simple micro-steps of change was enough


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