Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keep Yourself in Trim for the Festive Season

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keep Yourself in Trim for the Festive Season

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Byline: By Shereen Low

There's still time to get yourself in shape for Christmas. Shereen Low finds out the easiest ( and healthiest ( ways to slim down and shape up.

It's that time of year again. The party season is just around the corner ( and mince pies and canapes, not to mention wine and all things alcoholic, will be overflowing.

In the midst of all this food and drink, we're expected to keep fit and slim to fit into that little black dress.

Most of us don't want to give up our social lives and slog at the gym when we could be shopping or meeting friends.

So, with just under a month to go, we find out how to slim down and shape up.

Despite the temptation to lose weight before Christmas so you can over-indulge later on, food doctor and nutritionist Ian Marber says it's important not to go on a yo-yo diet.

"It's a bad idea to lose weight in preparation of putting it on again ( if you lose weight, gain weight, and then go on a detox diet, you are likely to have a weight problem in the future," he says.

"As your thyroid gland speeds up and slows down, this will be a disaster to your metabolism. The best way to lose weight is through moderation ( just eat sensibly before, during and after the whole festive season. You can spoil yourself without gorging on booze and desserts."

Ian's top tips

Ian recommends following a week-long diet rich in lean proteins (eggs, skinless chicken and turkey), essential fats (fish, raw nuts, seeds and olives), fibre (wholemeal bread, rice and pasta) and some carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables).

This will improve digestion and reduce fermentation in the gut, thus forming the foundation for losing weight.

"This Seven-Day Diet encourages good digestive health by reducing the amount of sugars and saturated fats you eat. Seven days is sufficient for you to adapt to, and benefit from, the changes in your diet and achieve realistic goals," he says.

He also recommends skipping convenience foods, steaming fish and vegetables rather than frying and avoiding salt and sugar. …

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