Yep, it’s that time of year where magazines and lifestyle pages in newspapers are filled with The LBD Diet. You know the one, sidestep bread and carbs in general, eat high protein, drink plenty of water, suck on grapes… yada, yada, yada. We all want to look svelte under the mistletoe and wow in our little sparkly numbers, but the truth is, on average we put on between 5-8lbs over the festive period, as funny enough it is a time to enjoy yourself and put away some mince pies and drink some sherry.
Personally, I’m not one to indulge in misery diets, but as a former health and fitness writer for more than a decade, I put my hands up to writing an LBD diet or something masquerading as for magazines and papers. The reason? Women want to lose weight and look fab for Christmas, as they do in their bikini for the summer. Earlier this year I co-wrote an Ebook along with global fitness coach, Sarah Maxwell. Our priority was to get women a flat, or flatter stomach (one of the most moaned bits about our bodies) in a do-able fashion, without deprivation and starvation. You do have to put in some work, there are exercises to be done, but the feedback has been great from ‘real’ women who have confirmed that if you stick with our healthy eating guidelines and expert tips, along with the exercises your stomach slowly starts to shrink and tone up. We've had some great coverage too in Hello! Red and Grazia.
My philosophy is: if you put the hard work in now leading up to the party season, then not only will you be body confident in your LBD or even LRD (little red dress), you can also afford to raid the Quality Street tin.
The Little Exercise Book for a Flatter Tummy is available to download at £4.99 from www.sarahmaxwell.com