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With just three months – or 91 slim­ming days – be­fore Christ­mas, it’s time to fo­cus on the weight you want to be for the fes­tive sea­son. Even if you have a lot of weight to lose, it is still pos­si­ble.

Our slim­mer Ju­lia McGhie (op­po­site page) lost more than six stones in six months, so even a three-stone loss is pos­si­ble by Christ­mas. Ju­lia’s suc­cess was with the Cam­bridge Weight Plan Very Low Calo­rie Diet (VLCD).

VLCDs are in­creas­ingly rec­om­mended as the best choice for those with more than two stone to lose. GP and pro­fes­sor of be­havioural medicine Dr Paul Ave­yard said, “Re­cent re­search has shown that for peo­ple who are very over­weight, a to­tal diet re­place­ment pro­gramme is a safe and ef­fec­tive way to lose weight.”

Drop­ping to around 800 calo­ries a day can also im­prove obe­sity-re­lated health con­di­tions, says Pro­fes­sor An­thony Leeds, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of CWP. “Only large amounts of weight loss will change the body’s me­tab­o­lism enough to clear the liver of fat, re­duce the pain of arthri­tis, put

Type 2 di­a­betes into re­mis­sion and im­prove poly­cys­tic ovar­ian syn­drome (PCOS) – small amounts of weight loss will gen­er­ally not do this.”

Stick­ing to a very low-calo­rie diet can be tough, so CWP pro­vides one-toone sup­port from a CWP Con­sul­tant while di­eters are on the 800 calo­ries per day meal re­place­ments phase eg. for­ti­fied shakes and bars. Later, when the weight goal has been met, con­sul­tants help peo­ple main­tain weight loss as they re­turn to healthy eat­ing like our rec­om­mended Mediter­ranean Diet model (see be­low).

High nu­tri­ent, low calo­rie

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