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- Nutritionist Fiona Kirk is the author of Fast and Fabulous Fat Loss
- If you follow her seven golden rules, you could lose seven pounds in 10 days
- She has shared her recommended daily diet meal plan with Femail Food&Drink
By Imogen Blake For Mailonline
Published: 06:39 EST, 27 December 2016 | Updated: 05:22 EST, 28 December 2016
Christmas is over, and after all that feasting, our clothes suddenly fit quite a lot tighter than they did just a few days ago.
But you can look party-ready by New Year's Eve by following this simple diet plan from nutritionist and weight loss expert, Fiona Kirk.
The author of Fast and Fabulous Fat Loss has created a daily meal plan, as well as sharing her top dieting tips with Femail.
And she claims that if you follow her rules, you can lose seven pounds in 10 days - but you'll lose more than a few of those by the time New Year's Eve is here.
Nutritionist Fiona Kirk has created a quick-fix diet plan that will see you shed the flab and lose weight by the time it's New Year's Eve. She recommends eating plenty of nourishing soups, such as her curry soup (pictured)
This is a quick fix diet, ideal for those times when we've indulged too much and want to shed the flab in record time.
FIONA KIRK'S TOP DIETING TIPS
Breakfast on fruit and protein
Lunch on protein, fats and a little starch
Dine on protein and lots of vegetables
Snack small but make it filling
Kirk, a fat loss expert, says: 'When we see satisfying results in just a few days, we are a great deal more likely to stick with the diet.
'But a quick fix diet has to be tasty, filling, easy to follow and nutritionally top notch, otherwise, we fall off the wagon in a matter of days as hunger, cravings and diet boredom invade.'
Here she reveals her seven golden rules for her quick-fix diet, which will see you lose weight fast.
Kirk says that the best way to start the day is with a cleansing drink, such as hot lemon and ginger (pictured)
Kirk's ideal diet plan breakfast is mixed berries, oats and yoghurt (pictured)
A cleansing drink first thing in the morning, such as hot water with lemon and ginger gives the liver a welcome boost and calms the digestive system.
Fruit for breakfast provides filling fibre, a healthy dose of vitamins and an abundance of protective plant chemicals.
When married with a source of protein ensures that the 'sugars' in fruit are not too quickly absorbed into the bloodstream so cravings don’t interfere with your morning.
Kirk says you should have a small snack during the day of something that provides a good balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates, such as nuts (pictured)
A small snack providing a good balance of protein, fats and carbohydrate mid morning and/or mid afternoon keeps hunger at bay and makes it a great deal easier to stay sharp and focused between meals.
Nutritionist and weight loss expert Fiona Kirk (pictured) says you could lose up to seven pounds in 10 days if you follow this diet plan
ONLY EAT STARCH AT LUNCH
A diet which includes too much in the way of starch (breads, potatoes, pasta, rice and other grains) can seriously interfere with successful fat loss, so portion control and timing are vital.
Lunchtime is the very best time of day to add them to a protein and fat-rich meal as you will likely benefit from the extra energy they provide during the afternoon and early evening when your body will happily utilise their 'sugars' rather than storing them in your greedy fat cells.
Kirk reccommends having a protein-rich and vegetable-heavy dinner every day before New Year such as parcel-baked fish (pictured)
Concentrate on having meals that focus on vegetables, protein and a few fats for dinner.
These not only fill you up and offer a wealth of essential nutrients but also help to ensure that you go to bed feeling satisfied and not stuffed full of difficult-to-digest starches and sugars. These not only compromise fat loss but can also disrupt your sleep.
Fiona Kirk's diet plan is in her book, Fast and Fabulous Fat Loss
STAY AWAY FROM SUGARY DRINKS
Good hydration is essential to successful fat loss but what we put in our favourite mug, glass or cup can be the difference between successful fat loss and frustrating fat gain.
A great many drinks on offer are little other than sugar in its liquid form so you have to be on your guard and read labels.
Anything that ends in '-ose' or '-ol' is sugar as are all syrups and extracts.
Do yourself a favour, leave them on the shelf, stick with the recommended drinks and if it’s a massive struggle to give them up, make the overly-marketed sugar-rich and diet drinks a very, very occasional treat.
DON'T EXERCISE TOO MUCH
It’s tempting when you are focused and determined to lose weight to hit the gym, pound the pavements or factor some other mode of exercise into your life on a daily basis for endless hours to burn the calories and burn the fat.
But whilst regular exercise is absolutely vital to your heart, your bones, your mood and your general well-being, over-exercising when you are not used to it can prompt bouts of difficult-to-control hunger which makes the diet extremely difficult to stick with.
Aim for 30 minutes per day, make it fun and varied, try to get outdoors whenever you can to boost your vitamin D levels, ensure that you have the recommended snacks in your kit bag or nearby to hoover down before, during and/or after you exercise and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be able to avoid any post-exercise binges.
FIONA KIRK'S DAILY MEAL PLAN
START THE DAY
Fiona says you should start the day by drinking a cleansing juice and has shared her recipe for her favourite below
Drink a cleansing juice:
Mix equal quantities of water, unsweetened grapefruit, pomegranate and cranberry juices in a large glass. Add a pinch of cinnamon, ginger and allspice and stir well. You can also warm it through gently and have it hot on a chilly morning.
Or drink hot lemon and ginger:
Put 1 or 2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in a mug of hot water, add a good pinch of sea salt crystals, grate in some peeled fresh root ginger, stir well and leave to cool a little before stirring in a teaspoon of Manuka honey.
Full fat natural cottage cheese with fresh fruit (small carton of cottage cheese, plenty of fruit) or full fat natural yoghurt with oats and berries (small carton of yoghurt, good handful of oats and lots of berries).
MID MORNING OR MID AFTERNOON SNACKS
Mixed fresh nuts and seeds (2 handfuls max per snack) or hummus and raw vegetable sticks (small carton of hummus, lots of vegetable sticks).
Kirk reccommends having a lunch or nourishing homemade soup such as her adzuki bean soup (pictured)
One slice of dark rye bread or two seeded rye crisp breads with topping or a bowl of filling, homemade soup, such as curry soup or adzuki bean soup.
Choose from the following:
Parcel baked fish, quinoa vegetable bake, one-pot chicken and chorizo or my Fabulous Warm Salad
• Still and Sparkling Water: on it’s own and/or ‘infused’ with slices of fresh fruit and/or vegetables.
• Teas: black, green, white, fruit, herb - piping hot or well chilled with no milk or sugar.
• Coffee: small, dark and rich made with fresh coffee beans (no sugar but perhaps a dash of cream occasionally).
• Coconut Water: really refreshing when you add ice, some coconut flakes/shavings and a dash of lime juice.
Fast and Fabulous Fat Loss is available to download to Macs, iPads and iPhones on iBooks at £6.99.