It"s LBD day ladies – Start your diet today to be ready for the Christmas party

It’s LBD day ladies– Start your diet today to be ready for the Christmas party

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11:39 GMT, 25 October 2012

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Worried about the Christmas party season Those mini dresses, the social pressure, too many canaps and far too much alcohol.

It seems more and more of us are aspiring to a killer outfit to wow our colleagues and friends, with 6 out of 10 admitting they diet before Christmas, and today is the day to start that Little Black Dress diet.

Experts have named October 25th as the day to start your festive weight loss regime, as it allows a full six weeks to drop the weight in a sensible (and sustainable) manner.

As the weather worsens it can be difficult to resist stodgy comfort foods, but if we start now, nutritionists say we can expect to lose up to a stone in weight before those cocktail parties start.

A slow-and-steady healthy approach, combined with regular exercise to burn calories and increase metabolism, is best when approaching a diet, and six weeks is enough time to comfortably drop a dress size, without resorting to potentially dangerous crash diets.

The New Atkins Nutritional Approach commissioned the study on over 2000 women, found that nearly 25 per cent of us leave it too late to lose weight in a sensible manner and resort to a crash diet.

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No more excuses: Starting your Christmas diet today gives you enough time to look your very best for the party season

While you may initially see a drop in the number on the scales, this is mainly 'water weight' and the low food intake will lower your metabolism, making weight harder to lose.

When you end the crash diet, you are likely to not only regain any weight you have lost – but may gain even more as your lower metabolism gleans every possible calorie from your food.

Heading to your office parties on an empty stomach will also mean those cocktails hit you faster- and no one wants to be the girl who gets embarrassingly drunk and over does the karaoke rendition of 'Fairytale of New York.'