Countdown to Christmas!

03 Dec 2008

At war with your wobbles? Make sure you sparkle this festive season with Star Style’s figure- sculpting pre-party body blitz

If party panic is setting in, fear not – you’ve still got time to shave off those extra inches and look perfect in your party frock. With a diet and fitness plan devised by Star Style’s nutritionist Laura Holland, you’ll be binning those control pants and looking gorgeous – without the help of concrete undies. Let the countdown begin!

The party pretox
Repeat this simple seven-day diet three times for the next three weeks.

Chopped pineapple with a small pot of natural yogurt or one cup of porridge made with water.

Rocket avocado salad with chopped celery, cucumber, tomatoes, a sprinkling of pine nuts with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon or vegetable barley soup made with one litre of vegetable stock, two celery sticks, one onion, one small swede, a handful of savoy cabbage and add 5oz of barley.

Tofu stir-fry with two crushed garlic cloves, ginger, selection of veg, bean sprouts, coriander and pineapple, served with a cup of brown rice.

Berry smoothie blended with three cups of berries, a banana and a cup of crushed ice

Bean salad made with red onion, garlic, chicory, yellow pepper and rocket, a can of haricot and butter beans, drizzled with cider vinegar and olive oil or steamed tuna fish with a selection of roasted vegetables.


Tofu stir-fry or pea soup made with one vegetable stock cube in 500ml boiling water, onion, frozen peas and mint leaves.

Sliced mango and papaya with natural yogurt or muesli with soya milk.


Low-fat hummus on Ryvitas or aduki bean salad with rocket, alfalfa, coriander, tomatoes, peppers, a can of organic aduki beans and a squeeze of lime.


Mung bean curry made with cooked mung beans, one chopped onion, pinch of turmeric, chili powder, coriander and cumin. Stir in a can of chopped tomatoes and serve with brown rice or spinach, mushroom and tomato omelette, served with green salad.

Breakfast:Boiled egg on a slice of wholemeal toast or cereal with rice milk.

Quinoa and hazelnut salad, made with cooked quinoa and your choice of vegetables. Season with chopped parsley and hazelnuts or smoked salmon on two slices of rye bread with lemon juice and capers.


Baked chicken breast with steamed veg or baked salmon fillet with roasted sweet potato.

Porridge with raisins or berry smoothie.

Lentil salad with parsley, garlic, red onion, cherry tomatoes, served on spinach with a squeeze of lemon or tuna and salad sandwich on wholemeal bread.

Buckwheat pasta in tomato sauce and green salad or smoked turkey and cranberry, with a green salad.


Two boiled eggs on wholemeal toast or fresh mango and papaya salad with fresh lime juice.


Squash soup made with one vegetable stock cube, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and onions. Puree and season with herbs or smoked turkey with green salad.


Baked sweet potato with lentil salad or baked chicken and steamed veg served with rocket leaves, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.


Berry smoothie or scrambled egg on rye bread.

Broccoli soup made with onion, carrot, broccoli and one vegetable stock cube or quinoa and hazelnut salad.

Rosemary roasted root vegetables with warm goats cheese or grilled hammour and green salad.

Must - follow rules

1 You are allowed two to three snacks per day – pick from, fresh fruit, raw nuts, dried apricots or veg juices.

2 Drink warm water with lemon before breakfast, at least two litres of water per day, as well as detoxifying dandelion, nettle and green teas.

Shape up
Do three sets of 15 of each of these exercises every day for three weeks, with at least 30 minutes of daily aerobic exercise, and you’ll be the belle of the ball.

Best for... bingo wings
Hilary Swankdefines her arms with this exercise. Sit on the edge of a chair with your palms each side of your hips and your fingers hanging over the edge. Walk your feet out a little so that your hips are off the chair and keeping your knees bent, lower yourself until your elbows are at 90 degrees and your upper arms are parallel to the floor. Use your arms to raise yourself up and continue to raise and lower yourself.

Best for... belly bulges
Reverse Leg Curls:
Elle Macpherson
is a fan of this pilates move. Lay on your back with arms by your sides and legs bent in the air. Tighten your lower abs and curl your legs and pelvis towards your ribcage so your hips are raised off the floor and your knees are as close to your chest as possible. Slowly return to the start position and repeat.

Best for... love handles
Stomach Crunches:

These help Lauren Conradkeep her spare tyre at bay. Similar to a sit-up. As you bring your upper body off the ground, bend your legs and bring your knees towards your head.

Best for... big bust
Press Ups:

Stop sagging a la Salmawith push ups. If you can’t do a full push-up, try a half push-up, resting on your knees.

Best for... thunder thights
Inner Thigh Raises:

Get Jen’sperfect pins. Lie straight on your right side pulling your abs in. Place left leg on the floor at right angle to your body. Keep the right leg straight and bend your foot towards you. Rest your head on your right hand. Place your left hand in front of you for support and raise your right leg as high as is comfortable. Keep your leg straight and foot parallel to the floor. Hold, then lower your leg two inches from the floor, then do the same laying on your left side.

Best for... a big behind
Bottom Toning:

For a botty like Beyonce, stand straight, chest lifted and abs in. Tilt your pelvis forward and bend your knees 90 degrees, with your arms in front of you, then return to stand.

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