Looking to shed a few pounds, or get into shape? Here are some of the diets to look out for this year.
Skinny Dipping diet
Don't be fooled by the title of this diet. As arousing as it sounds, it has less to do with swimming naked than eating healthily.
The focus is on dips - from guacamole and salsa to sour cream and chives. Dieters are encouraged to snack healthily on fresh veggies and low-fat dips, rather than reaching for a bar of Cadbury's - all while eating nutritious meals, too.
The 'Skinny Dipping' diet was devised by dietician Juliette Kellow, who explains: "Fresh dips can be a great choice for helping us to lose weight when they're included as part of a balanced, healthy diet that's lower in calories.
"For example, serving lower-fat dips like fresh salsa with vegetable crudités makes a healthy snack that helps you on your way to five-a-day." You're still allowed 1,400 calories a day, and if you follow the diet, it promises to help people lose around 10lbs.
Italians are reported to have the lowest obesity rates in all of the EU, with lower combined rates of heart disease, cancer as well as lower levels of cholesterol. But just how do they do it?
Apparently, it's through a diet rich in lean meat, fresh fruit and veggies, and fish, all sprinkled with heart-healthy olive oil.
This has inspired Italian master chef Gino D'Acampo to create 100 Mediterranean-based recipes as a "stress-free way of losing weight.”
The resulting "i Diet" feels very indulgent and includes dishes such as spicy lamb meatballs for dinner, and roasted fruits with Grand Marnier for dessert.
Tracy Anderson Mat Workout DVD
There's nothing like shaking your booty to lose those pounds - as long as it's in the privacy of your own home!
After the success of her Dance Cardio Workout, personal trainer to stars like Gwyneth and Shakira, Tracy Anderson has done it again - this time with a mat DVD workout that is sure to banish both fat and bad January blues.
"The Mat Workout is an excellent way to re-engineer your muscular structure, wake up your accessory muscles and pull in your larger muscles," says Tracy. "It's perfect for any woman looking to achieve a lean feminine body type."
Most dieters tend to be women. But what about the guys who want to shed some pounds? New website Beltdown.com answers that very question!
Based on the premise that men tend to be out of the house for longer, less likely to do big food shops, and not so keen to weigh or measure food, Beltdown.com helps men lose weight through expert help, an online community and healthy meals (like mushroom omelettes).
Online Pilates Tuition
Madge might always have had a body to die for, but since she started pilates, her body has become more toned than ever before.
Now's your chance to tone your own, through a series of downloadable pilates classes that you can practice when and where you choose.
The classes are available at Vitalflow.tv, which was set up by Kent-based Josie McKenlay, a pilates and yoga instructor with 25 years experience.
The Vitalflow six-minute tutorial has already attracted 27,000 viewers on YouTube!
By Kate Hodal
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