10 minutes a day to drop a dress size ready for Christmas

Forget all about extreme diets that leave you hungry. Fear not – there is a way to easily drop a dress size for the Christmas party if you start now.

In the UK, the Friday before Christmas is traditionally the most popular night for office Christmas parties. So this year, we’re counting down to Friday, December 18 – plenty of time to get into ‘dress rescue’ mode!

Sound impossible? Not at all. Just keep a note of what you eat and drink. No gimmicks, no fasting and no banned foods.

Nutritionist Emma Brown, MSc, explains how keeping track of calories in a food diary can work this kind of magic.

“Nutrition experts agree that keeping a food diary is crucial to weight loss success because the simple act of recording what you eat makes you much more aware of your portion sizes and food choices. When people pay close attention to what they eat, they tend to eat less.

“We also know that we need to repeat something new for around 66 days for it to become a habit – and that includes losing weight. Fad diets don’t give us enough time to establish a new habit, which is one reason why they don’t work. They also don’t teach you why you gained the weight in the first place. You may lose the weight initially – but you will almost certainly put it all back on.

“Spend 10 minutes a day tracking what you eat and drink – and keep it up for 66 days or more – and it will become second nature. It works because you are slowly educating yourself to make better food choices – so you’re making the gradual lifestyle change that health experts continually talk about.

“This is a great habit to adopt and if you’re serious about losing weight, 10 minutes a day is no time at all. Your early Christmas present will be a healthier, happier, more fabulous version of you!”

Today’s technology takes the hard work out of calorie counting – forget pen and paper, calorie book and calculator – and use an App such as Nutracheck to do the hard work for you.

So, start now you’ll be ready to dust off your Little Black Dress this party season.