12 days to drop a dress size
Want to enjoy this party season and still look fab in your favourite LBD? Follow our plan for the 12 diet days to Christmas…
Are your clothes already a bit tight thanks to the start of festive season? ‘There’s still time to lose a few pounds,’ says nutritionist Ian Marber (@Ianmarber, ianmarber. com), who has devised this exclusive 12-day healthy eating plan. ‘Christmas is the time when we’re tempted to eat and drink too much. But, if you plan ahead and eat healthily now, it will be easier to manage potential weight gain.’
What to do
Depending on how much you want to lose, you can follow the plan for 12 days or keep going till Christmas Eve. ‘The aim is to eat small meals at regular intervals, combining protein with complex carbs, to keep energy levels up and reduce appetite,’ explains Ian. ‘You’ll not only lose weight, but you’ll also notice other benefits, such as better sleep quality.’
‘good fats’ and are a rich source of protein to keep hunger pangs at bay. 10 Choose dark chocolate (over 70% cacao) instead of milk. But stick to one or two squares. 11 If you do have a sugar craving, brush your teeth. Or, add a sprinkle of cinnamon to your porridge or tea in the morning. Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar and stops you feeling hungry. Although you should find that after a few days on this diet plan, your cravings diminish. 12 End up having too much of an indulgent time over Christmas and need a boost? Go back on the diet plan for a few days
leading up to New Year.