Ditching the New Year 'miracle' diet
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I don't know what it is about January, but suddenly the frivolities of the yuletide period seem to manifest themselves in self hate, body loathing and nauseating disgust at the amount of mince pies and Quality Streets that you consumed in a very indulgent week. January becomes a time of purging, lamenting and repenting your diet misdemeanors and swearing blindly that this year will be different: this will be the year you will have a beach body, wear jeans a size smaller or even join the gym. The problem with January 1st, is by January 2nd, all your will power and motivation goes out the window when you notice that Tesco are clearing out their Christmas stock and a box of mince pies are now reduced to five pence (true story, it took every ounce of will power I had to walk past them) and your only exercise is wrestling someone else armed with gift vouchers at the Topshop sale. After hopelessly losing will power, the next step is usually opting for starvation or a variant of the extreme strategy often labelled by fashion and celebrity magazines as the 'miracle diet'. These usually guarantee to have you looking like you stepped off the pages of Vogue within days (instead of instead just looking like you've polished off a selection box.)
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