Twelve Days until Christmas Countdown: Day 12

Christmas; the season of family, happiness, good TV and eating LOTS of food.  This is the time of year when any diet becomes… what diet!?  The average Brit eats an extra 3000 calories on Christmas day and can gain up to 4lbs during the festive season, 34% of whom are still desperately struggling to shed those pounds all the way through until Easter*.

From Christmas dinner, to work parties, to family get-togethers, food is unfortunately the centrepieceof all celebrations.  But it doesn’t have to be like that;  the change in routine can provide a perfect time to get fit, not fat this Christmas.  The Slimming Clinic can help you achieve your weight loss goals quickly and effectively.  Read The Slimming Clinic’s daily three top tips on cutting out calories, keeping fit and cooking healthy meals for the twelve day countdown to Christmas…

1. Diet: Buy a gorgeous outfit for your New Years Eve party, try it on everyday to keep it at the forefront of your mind and realise that you have to stay strong against food as you want this special outfit to look incredible.

2. Fitness: Laughing for a few minutes a day can use enough calories to burn 5 lbs of fat a year!  So make sure you have bundles of fun this Christmas and spread the festive joy; you may want to stock up on your Christmas cracker jokes.

3. Healthy Recipe: Clementine & Prosecco Jellies (115 calories & 0g fat per serving)


  •  7 leaves gelatine
  •  600ml clementine juice (from about 14 clementines)
  •  300ml Prosecco
  •  1 sheet edible gold leaf (available from


1. Put the gelatine sheets into a bowl of cold water to soften for a few mins. Put 100ml clementine juice into a small pan and gently heat. When the gelatine feels soft and the juice is just simmering, remove the juice from the heat and squeeze out any excess water from the gelatine sheets. Drop the sheets into the hot juice and swirl to melt. Make sure there are no visible lumps of gelatine before you move onto the next stage.

2. Stir the hot juice into the rest of the juice with the prosecco, then transfer to a jug. Pour between 6 small glasses. Sit the jellies in a small tray or dish, cover with a sheet of cling film and chill for at least 4 hrs (or up to 48 hrs) until set.

3. When ready to serve, use a pair of tweezers to carefully put a piece of gold leaf on the surface of each jelly.

To read more on this recipe click here.

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