The Festive 12-Week Countdown Diet

This diet is nutritionally well balanced, so it is safe to stay on it until December, or well afterwards if you still have further weight to lose. To monitor your progress, set up your progress chart on, and watch those pounds drop off. The diet is designed to help you lose around 2 lbs per week, although you may lose more in the first couple of weeks. So if you start on 25th September, you could expect to lose around 28 pounds (2 stone) or drop at least two dress sizes. The diet can be used by families as well as single people as there are lots of choices that would make great family meals.

Although the diet is not specifically designed for vegetarians, we have made certain that there are adequate vegetarian choices for each day. The diet is not suitable for vegans. We recommend that you consult your doctor before beginning this diet, especially if you are pregnant, elderly, under 18 years of age or have any existing medical conditions.


The Plan is separated into three parts. Start on Plan A, which consists of around 1,500 calories a day. You should be aiming for a weight loss of around 1-2 lbs per week, although you may lose more in the first couple of weeks. If you find you are losing less than one pound per week on Plan A (and you are sticking to the diet!), then move to Plan B, which contains around 1,200 calories per day. Once you have been dieting for a while or you have only a few pounds left to lose, you may find that your weight loss on Plan B falls below 1 lb per week. You may then move to Plan C, which contains around 1,000 calories per day. You should NEVER start on Plan C. Remember that if you start to diet on too low a calorie value, your weight loss might start to plateau or level off, which can be de-motivating. We are aiming to ‘peak’ around the 25th December, so prepare like an athlete and pace yourself. Losing weight is a marathon, not a sprint!

In addition to using the diet plan, you should try to build some additional activity into each day. Use the exercise programs if you are able; join a gym if you can, like one of the best gyms in Saint Leonard. If this is impossible, try to walk more and climb stairs rather than using the lift/elevator. Building small amounts of activity into each day will make a real difference to both the amount of weight you lose and how you feel.


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