What's the best January diet for losing all the weight you put on over Christmas?
AFTER overindulging on the sweets and stuffing during the festive period, the trousers must feel a bit tighter.
We explain what some of the best diets are to kick-start losing all the weight that has been put on over Christmas.
The Dukan diet
This is a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet.
There are four phases to the diet and there is no limit to how much you can eat as long as you stick to the rules.
The first phase, which lasts five days, requires eating lean protein such as chicken, turkey, eggs, fat-free dairy and fish.
Phase one also bans vegetables and restricts fat.
The next three phases slowly introduce fruit, vegetables, carbs and eventually all foods.
There's no time limit to the final phase, which involves having a protein-only day once a week and taking regular exercise.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) says this isn’t a long-term diet because it is not nutritionally balanced and it warns about getting bored quickly with the lack of variety.
The Paleo diet
It is also known as the caveman diet, and it consists of foods that can be hunted or fished and foods that can be gathered like fruits, eggs and nuts.
The Paleo diet is based on the supposed eating habits of our hunter-gatherer ancestors during the Palaeolithic era and before the era of agriculture.
It encourages you to eat less processed food and more healthy meals.
The BDA warns this diet lacks variety and you could get bored and give up, and they recommended an adapted version that doesn’t exclude whole food groups.
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The New Atkins diet
This diet tries to turn your body into a fat-burning machine by starving yourself of carbohydrates.
The theory is that your body will start burning fat for energy.
The first phase of the diet is designed for rapid weight loss and is protein rich with no restrictions on fat and a daily carb allowance of 20-25 grams.
Over time carbs are slowly reintroduced until you work out what your ideal carb intake is.
The BDA warns this diet contradicts a lot of health advice because of the amount of processed meat and saturated fat it requires.
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