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You’re eating right and hitting the gym but STILL, those final few Christmas pounds are really not budging. BUT, there could be a simpler way to lose weight. Well there’s 9 ways actually,

and the final one will baffle you! Check out these expert tips…

1. Vitamin D

In winter, it’s super hard to hit your vit D intake. Dr. Louis Levy, Head of Nutrition Science at Public Health England confirms that everyone should consider taking a supplement in the

autumn and winter if you don’t eat enough foods that naturally contain vitamin D or are fortified with it. We love Vega Vitamins Everyday-D 10mg (from £5.95 www.vegavitamins.co.uk).

2. Take an #ootd photo

OOTD or Outfit Of The Day is a great way to help you track weight loss, instead of the classic ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics. A study from a nutrition clinic in Columbia suggests that people who

take routine photos of themselves, whist on a weight loss plan, were more likely to finish their plan, as opposed to those who were camera shy and didn’t take regular photos of themselves.

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3. Start with soup

Sorry bread basket. Dr Marilyn Glenville, Author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar says: ‘If you have soup before a meal you will end up eating fewer calories during the meal because soup

stops the cells in the stomach producing your hunger hormone ghrelin and turns off your appetite. Studies show the body registers greater satisfaction when food is liquidised and soup

moves out of the stomach more gradually than a solid meal would, leaving you feeling more satisfied for longer.’

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 4. Look at yourself whilst you eat

So, hang a mirror opposite your seat at the table. A study* says that seeing your reflection in a mirror, whilst eating, appears to cut down on how much munching you do by a third as you

are constantly reminded of your fitness goals, which helps you to swerve the seconds.

6. Don’t ‘save yourself’

Dinner date planned? Don’t think that skipping lunch is the right thing to do. Marilyn reveals that when you miss meals, your body thinks there is a shortage of food, slows down your

metabolism and holds on to your fat stores. ‘There is nothing more guaranteed to rev up your appetite so that you end up eating more at the meal,’ she adds.

7. Go vegan once a week

This might be tricky if you’re a meat and cheese lover but Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson says that ‘if a diet has been previously rich in unhealthy processed foods and, veganism stimulates a

change to incorporate more fresh vegetables, whole grains and pulses ,then weight loss will be inevitable’. Winner!

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9. Instagram your meal

Yes, it’s time to become of those food-photo people. Marilyn explains that taking a photograph of food just before you eat, ‘concentrates the mind to eat not only healthier foods but also

less of it.’

*http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.830.5603&rep=rep1&type=pdf