Twelve Days until Christmas Countdown: Day 4

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 centrepiece of 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: Mix your mulled wine with 50% orange juice – this way you can enjoy the traditional warming Christmas drink with added vitamin C, a higher fruity flavour and only 111 calories for 175 ml.

2. Fitness:  Spinning is the go-to class if your needing a SOS workout after stuffing yourself with all of those mince pies and vins chaudes.  You’ll tone your glutes, thighs, calves and even your stomach whilst burning 400-600 calories in 45 minutes!  Spinning classes provide an energising atmosphere, upbeat music and inspiring instructors to add variety and fun to your workout.

3. Healthy Recipe:  Garlic & herb mash (212 calories & 3g per portion)


  •  1kg potatoes, cut into large even-sized pieces
  •  3 garlic cloves, peeled, left whole
  •  4 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche
  •  large handful of soft mixed herb, roughly chopped (we used chives and parsley)
  •  splash of milk (optional)


Boil the potatoes and garlic in salted water until tender. Drain, return to the pan and steam-dry for a few mins. Mash well, then stir through the crème fraîche, herbs and some seasoning, adding a little milk, if you like, for a softer consistency.

To read more on the recipe click here.

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* Statistics found on 01/12/2014 from source:


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