Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TIME TO BOOK YOURSELF A SLIM NEW YEAR; Which Diet Book Will You Buy This Christmas? Charmaine Yabsley Looks at the Seasonal Offerings

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TIME TO BOOK YOURSELF A SLIM NEW YEAR; Which Diet Book Will You Buy This Christmas? Charmaine Yabsley Looks at the Seasonal Offerings

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Byline: CHARMAINE YABSLEY

The Weekend-off Diet

Helen Foster (Hamlyn, [pounds sterling]9.99)

The theory: Around 80 per cent of dieters begin a diet on Monday morning, only to throw in the towel on Friday night. Rather than fighting this truth, Foster uses it - her diet will help you stick to the straight and narrow during the weekdays, but allow you to eat whatever you want from Saturday morning to Sunday night.

Expected weight loss: Around 1-2lb per week.

Expert's view: "I would be concerned that people would overdo their eating at the weekend," says Amanda Johnson, spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association (www.bda.uk.com).

80/20 Diet

Teresa Cutter (Murdoch, [pounds sterling]12.99)

The theory: By dividing your daily food allowance into 80 per cent "good" foods, and 20 per cent "naughty" foods, you'll be more likely to lose weight, and stick to a longterm healthy way of eating. With easy-tofollow recipes, this book delivers healthy portions which don't seem as restrictive as normal calorie-counting diets. Most of the time you are told to eat lots of protein such as seafood, lean meat and vegetables for your 80 per cent, whereas for your "naughty" 20 per cent, you may eat whatever you like, as long as the serving size is moderate.

Expected weight loss: Around 1lb-2.4lb per week.

Expert's view: "This is just a healthy, normal way of eating," says nutritionist Natalie Savona (www.nataliesavona.com), "but it's good advice for people who are confused by all the different types of dieting."

The Little Book Of Detox Tips

Michael Van Straten (Quadrille, [pounds sterling]7.99)

The theory: Detoxing may not necessarily lead to weight-loss, but it can help reenergise your system, so that you'll feel inspired to embark on a long-term healthier diet. Van Straten's one- or three-day detox plans are designed to help reduce bloating, increase energy levels and boost immunity.

And don't we all need this post-Christmas? …

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