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The 12 week countdown begins as 2.7million Brits start their little black dress (LBD) diets to get ready for Christmas and New Year celebrations

The 12 week countdown begins as 2.7million Brits start their little black dress (LBD) diets to get ready for Christmas and New Year celebrations

Brits planning to get their bodies in shape for the party season should start their diet today, say experts. This allows dieters sufficient time to lose weight the healthy and sensible way over a 12 week period, so by the time Christmas celebrations are in full swing, dieters will have achieved their winter weight loss goals. With research by new XLS-Medical, a naturally derived, clinically proven weight loss aid, revealing more than half (51%) of the population want to lose weight in the run up to Christmas,1 the LBD diet countdown is officially on!

Drop a dress size
Nearly half (46%) of people are aiming to drop at least one dress size by the time the party season begins with 27% aiming to lose two dress sizes and nearly 1 in 10 (9%) aiming to reduce their wardrobe by three dress sizes.

The research also found that a lady’s ideal dress size increases with age. Those in the 18-34 age bracket stated that they would like to fit into a size 10 while women aged 35+ said they would feel most comfortable as a size 12. Elise Lindsay, celebrity personal trainer and fitness advisor to XLS-Medical ‘s ‘123 hello me’ support programme comments: “We are all different shapes and sizes and there’s no one perfect dress size. Dieters should focus exercise efforts on the parts of the body which will be on show during the party season. Work on your shoulders and biceps if your dress is strapless or get
working on those legs if your dress is short – extra squats before you party will do no harm at all! Dieters looking for extra weight loss support should consider trying XLS-Medical which can help keep those Christmas pounds at bay.”

Diet motivations
54% of festive dieters want to shed the pounds to look good in party outfits with 36% admitting that they diet to impress their friends and family. And with Christmas being the season of indulgence it’s not surprising that two thirds of people diet beforehand to help counteract the weight they put on during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Dr Matt Capehorn, Clinical Director at the National Obesity Forum, comments: “Starting a diet now gives dieters a reasonable timeframe in which to lose weight steadily by Christmas. It’s important not to fall into the trap of last minute crash dieting, which is often unsuccessful and can play havoc with blood sugar levels and appetite cravings. As a result, dieters can end up gaining weight as they struggle to cope with changes brought on by such extreme measures. Undertaking a healthy eating and exercise plan now with a realistic goal in mind will ensure dieters are not only looking good but feeling great
this party season.”

Leading UK dietitian Helen Bond and consultant to the free XLS-Medical online support programme ‘123 hello me’ comments: “The festive season is full of edible enticements that often prove hard to resist. From office chocolates to impromptu drinks and rich meals it can often seem like a struggle to avoid the almost inevitable expanding waistline. Aim to strike a balance with what you choose to eat and drink and don’t feel like you are saying no to yourself all the time – otherwise you are at risk of giving in completely!”

XLS-Medical Fat Binder is the first naturally derived, clinically proven over-the-counter weight loss aid. When taken regularly, XLS-Medical has been shown to help dieters lose up to three times more weight than dieting alone in conjunction with a healthy balanced diet.2 XLS-Medical has created a free online weight management programme,, which incorporates three easy
steps to help dieters successfully lose weight – eating sensibly, keeping active and taking XLS-Medical Fat Binder regularly.

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Helen Bond’s top tips for getting started on the party season diet:
1. Set a realistic weight loss goal. A weight loss goal should be challenging and require you to make an effort, but not be an impossible mission. Over ambitious targets can be easily broken! But by setting smaller goals, which you have a real chance of reaching, you can boost your confidence in your abilities to keep on track until you arrive at your destination. Aim to lose about five to 10 per cent of your initial body weight over a three to six month period. Once you've reached your goal, congratulate yourself and set another weight loss target.

2. Keep a food and mood diary. Most of us literally don’t know what we are eating, or how all the things we unconsciously eat are adding up – canapés at the Christmas party, nibbling on the odd biscuit or pinching a chip! For long term weight loss you need to identify problem foods and ‘areas of weaknesses’ in your day. By keeping a food diary, you will become more aware of your eating patterns and the changes you need to make. Carry a small notebook with you and write down all the things you eat and drink on a typical day, along with any associated feelings. According to research in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, dieters who jot down everything they eat and drink lose twice as much weight as those that don’t.4

3. Forget crash diets. Whilst rapid weight loss can certainly be an appealing prospect, ‘crash’ or ‘fad’ diets don't work for long-term weight loss, and most aren’t healthy. The only way to lose weight is to eat a nutritionally balanced and varied diet with appropriately sized portions and burn off more calories than you eat.

4. Eat regularly. You are far more likely to raid the biscuit tin if you’re starving, so make sure that you aim to eat three meals a day, spread evenly throughout the day and choose healthy snacks in between meals, such as a low fat yogurt, a piece of fruit or handful of nuts. For example, if you are allowed 1500 calories a day, you could have 300 calories for breakfast, 400 calories for lunch, 500 calories for dinner and two healthy snacks of 150 calories.

5. Balance your plate
To ensure that you are getting a good mix of nutrients, make sure that you are eating foods from the four main food groups in every meal. One third should be fruit and veg, one third, starchy fibre foods (such as wholegrain cereals, brown rice or wholewheat pasta), one-sixth protein rich foods (lean meat, fish (white and oily fish) poultry, pulses, nuts and seeds, eggs) and the remaining sixth reduced fat dairy products. Meanwhile keep fatty and sugary foods to a minimum.

Notes to editors
About XLS-Medical Fat Binder2
• XLS-Medical Fat Binder is the first naturally derived clinically proven, over the counter weight loss aid. XLS-Medical Fat Binder is made with the clinically proven fat binder, Litramine®, and essential fat-soluble vitamins
• XLS-Medical Fat Binder has been proven to bind up to 27.4% of fats from food before it replenishes the body with fat-soluble vitamins
• This makes XLS-Medical Fat Binder an ideal weight management tool. XLS-Medical Fat Binder has a well-established safety profile and is gentle on the system. It has no added artificial colourings, flavourings, salt or preservatives
• The recommendation for weight loss is to adopt a reduced calorie, lower fat diet in addition to regular exercise and to take 2 tablets 3 times a day after meals – with up to 6 tablets taken per day
• XLS-Medical Fat Binder is available nationwide: 30 tablets RRP £14.99, 60 tablets RRP £24.99, 120 tablets £47.99 and 180 tablets £64.99 (retail and promotional price is at the sole discretion of the retailer)
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Media enquiries
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Claire Anderson / Jessica Hampton
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1. XLS-Medical Fat Binder weight loss survey. July 2011
2. XLS-Medical Fat Binder weight loss survey. March 2012
3. Grube B., P.W. Chong, K.Z. Lau & H.D. Orzechowski. A natural fibre complex reduces body weight in the overweight and obese: a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled study. Obesity accepted article preview, 25 June, 2012; doi:10.1038/oby.2012.165
4. Kaiser Permanente (2008, July 8). Keeping A Food Diary Doubles Diet Weight Loss. American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

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