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100 Ways to Fight the Flab goes Closer

Closer magazine has this week featured a review of ‘100 Ways to Fight the Flab’ under the heading of ‘The world’s wackiest weight loss tips – that work!’ The article reads as follows:

CloserYou’ve starved yourself on the 5:2, survived on cabbage soup and detoxed on maple syrup, but a new (slightly bonkers) book may have the answer to the weight loss conundrum

There’s a whole host of different ways to shift pounds these days, and we’ve tried them all. But a new no-nonsense book, 100 Ways to Fight The Flab (Accent Press, £7.99), is packed with everything from commonsense strategies to downright bonkers-sounding tips to help you stay slim for good. Here are our favourites from author Jane Wenham-Jones, rated and slated by nutritionist Amanda Ursell (twitter @AmandaUrsell)…

1. STAY ON THE SHELF

Fill one fridge shelf with exactly 1,000 calories of food each day – no more, no less. Then eat it. Temptation is removed because it’s all planned and calculated. Make sure it’s beautifully balanced, is filled with foods you wantto eat and includes three meals and two snacks so you’re not left with two boiled eggs, a Mars bar and some spinach by dinner time.

AMANDA SAYS: 5/5

This is great…if you’re near the fridge all day! Successful dieting is about planning, so portioning out what you’ll eat is perfect. Depending how big you are and how much you need to lose 1000 calories may be too low, though, so be sensible.

2. USE PUPPY POWER

Lots of people who, by rights, should be far fatter manage to stay slim with toned legs and bums thanks to regular brisk walks with their pooches. If you find dogs too time-consuming, needy and fond of licking their testicles, borrow your friends’!

AMANDA SAYS: 4/5

Walking is fantastic – it’s free, everyone’s can do it, and you won’t risk injury – unlike high impact activities like running, but you don’t need a dog to do it.

3. EAT CHOCOLATE

Not the whole supermarket shelf, but a few squares of 70% – 85% cocoa dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and letting a couple of squares melt on your tongue with a cup of black coffee takes the edge off your appetite. It’s low carb, low sugar and low calorie and it’s also a mood enhancer, so it fills you up and cheers you up.

AMANDA SAYS: 5/5

I’m 100% behind this. Dark chocolate contains a fatty acid that’s hard to digest, making your tummy feel full. Also, in a recent study where dieters ate the same number of calories but either had chocolate cake or a ‘healthy’ breakfast, the cake eaters lost more weight and kept it off because they didn’t feel deprived.

4. KEEP CLOSER IN THE FRIDGE

It sounds bonkers, but often we eat because we’re bored. Find your favourite mag in the fridge and you can flick through that instead of gobbling a chocolate mousse. Keep nail polish in there too – it stops it going goopy and gives you something else to do. Genius!

AMANDA SAYS: 5/5

It’s quirky, but I love it. Many of us eat not because our stomach is asking for food, but because our bored brain is – and this is an ingenious distraction!

5. FEEL THE CHILLI BURN!

Chillies – the hotter the better – raise your metabolism, so you can burn 15% more calories for the two hours after eating your fiery fat burning friend. Infuse olive oil with the seeds, and chuck chopped chilli in omelettes, sauces and your scrambled eggs at breakfast.

AMANDA SAYS: 3/5

Chillies will boost your metabolism, but that can lull you into a false sense of security. You can’t eat a big fatty dinner, cover it in tabasco and think you’ve undone the damage.

6. SING FOR YOUR DINNER!

Belting out your favourite Beyonce track can burn up to 150 calories an hour, as well as exercising muscles in your upper body and reducing stress levels. Plus it’s almost impossible to sing and eat at the same time.

AMANDA SAYS: 2.5/5

Another great distraction, but dancing to your favourite song would be better – you’d burn more calories and no-one would have to listen.

7. BUM SHUFFLE YOURSELF SLIM

There may not be any scientific evidence to back this up, but going up and down the stairs on your bottom certainly feels like it tones you up – it’s exhausting! Do it without your arms and it’s even more strenuous.

AMANDA SAYS: 3/5

You’d be better off running up and down the stairs four times in the time it takes to bum shuffle, but packing our day with ‘incidental movement’ is great – take the stairs, stand when you’re chatting on the phone and do heel lifts at your desk. It all adds up.

…and 8. GET HIGH!

Put all the yummy food in very high cupboards. It won’t be at eye-level to tempt you and when you remember it’s there all the stretching up will work wonders.

AMANDA SAYS: 4/5

Better still – don’t buy it in the first place. A chocolate bar in your trolley is as good as in your tummy – it’ll call your name from the cupboard and you’ll gobble it in a flash. Have treats, but when you’re out and about – you’re more likely to take your time or even share (sometimes).

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Closer readers can order a copy of 100 Ways to Fight The Flab by Jane Wenham-Jones at the special 25% discount price of £5.99 instead of £7.99 (with free P+P within UK). Just visit www.accentpress.co.uk and enter the code CL25.

You can view the original article, see http://www.closeronline.co.uk/2014/06/the-world-s-wackiest-weight-loss-tips-that-work#.U6FmtL-dL0c.

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