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…

Woman's Own - - FROM THE HEART -

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.

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