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January detoxes are about as notorious as the over indulgence associated with December. The anticipation of a big Christmas dinner and various parties you'll be attending over the festive season can often dampen your weight loss motivation with a stereotypical 'I'll start in January' mindset.

Although the lead up to Christmas is one of the trickiest times to stick to a diet with the temptation of Christmas food and drinks all around, a detox before Christmas Day can actually have a bigger benefit for your body than starting afterwards.

What is a detox?

A detox is a dietary cleanse where for a period of time you abstain from and rid your body of unhealthy or toxic substances that can come from unhealthy food, alcohol etc.

Why does a December detox work?

Starting your detox in December prepares your body to cope with any unhealthy consumption over Christmas Day / New Years. A lot of people will opt for a January detox instead, spurred on by the guilt of overeating at Christmas and New Year's resolution, however detoxing after Christmas is not as effective as doing it before. Your body will struggle to process a Christmas feast if it is still working to rid the toxins from a December full of alcohol and unhealthy foods.

What health benefits come with detoxing?

After you cut out sugar from your diet your cravings for all foods which contain sugar will decrease making it easier for you to stick to your diet. You will feel more energetic, less bloated and a detox may even help if you have reached a plateau with your weight loss.

Detox with Ideal Weight

For an effective detox this December, follow our 4, 3 or 2 plan. You will eat a combination of nutrition packs and meals with guidance from our meal matrices, to create a low daily kcal intake of healthy nutritious food which provides you with 100% of your RDA.

You can have a different combination of packs every day, or all of one type if that's what you fancy – the plan is flexible to fit your taste and lifestyle. Our nutrition packs are low fat and sugar free so your body can regain a healthy balance and focus on ridding any toxins from previous unhealthy eating behaviours.

5:2 diet over Christmas

It's important not to let your hard work go to waste over the few days of Christmas where you will want to enjoy yourself. Following Ideal Weight's 5:2 plan allows you to eat normal Christmassy food in moderation by fasting for 2 non-consecutive days a week and eating normally for the remaining 5.

If you would like to find out more about following an Ideal Weight plan in the run up to Christmas, get in touch.

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