Lose 10lb and Look 10 Years Younger – By Next Week!

21 February 2006

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Feed your body low-cal, skin-feeding foods to lose weight and turn back time. Try our plan to lose 10lb and 10 years – in a week

Five steps to a younger you

It sounds as though it’s too good to be true, but this diet plan involves just five easy steps. So for the next week you will…

Step 1Drink 2ltr of water a day. Water revs up your metabolism and plumps up skin cells, making skin look younger and firmer. To liven up water, add lemon juice, some fresh lime or herbal/green tea bags, and you can drink it hot or cold. But alcohol, coffee and fizzy drinks (even low-cal ones) are banned for the next five days – you can have 2 or 3 cups of tea (without sugar), though.

Step 2Use some of the water to wash down a multivitamin and a capsule of Evening Primrose Oil (such as Efamol 1000mg, £7.95). New research shows this boosts skin hydration and elasticity, adding to the effects of steps three, four and five.

Step 3Load up on antioxidants. You’re going to be eating at least 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day on this plan. Why? Because fruit and vegetables fight free radicals that trigger skin ageing. If you’re on a budget, don’t panic – frozen or canned vegetables all work just as well (try to choose no-salt varieties).

Step 4Fill up on healthy fats. Eat at least 2 to 3 portions daily of:100g (4oz) fresh salmon, trout, tuna or sardines50g (2oz) smoked salmon75g (3oz) canned salmon, tuna or sardines½ avocado2 tbsp reduced-fat guacamole1-2 handfuls any nut or seed2-3 teaspoons peanut butter10-15 olives1 tbsp flaxseed oil1 Omega-3 Columbus egg

Step 5Eat some protein at every meal – and cut out those carbs. Not only do low-carb diets help you lose weight, but by cutting down on refined carbs you actually decrease your risk of ageing skin inflammation. Conversely, protein helps provide the building blocks of skin, boosting the strength of fibres. While any protein will help here, superskin foods include turkey, eggs, dairy products and oily fish.

Before starting on this or any other diet plan, please consult your GP

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