5 ways to lose 5lbs

Did you know that there are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat? So to lose five pounds, you need to burn 17,500 calories. It may sound like a lot, but we’ve gone straight to the World’s leading fitness and health pros for quick and easy ways to slim down, for good...

By Alice Manning


Avoid alcohol

"If you really want to lose weight, you need to give alcohol up for two weeks. It stimulates the production of oestrogen in your body which promotes fat storage and decreases muscle growth" fitness expert James Duigan, who works with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.


Eat fat, yes really

"Good fats like nuts, seeds, oils, avocados and fish fill you up and slow the rate at which sugar hits your bloodstream to prevent cravings. Try to eat some with every meal, such as a salad with avocado" James Duigan.


Size matters

"A calorie burned is not the same as a calories consumed and oversized portions will prevent weight loss. Stick to palm-sized portions of protein, avoid carbohydrates after 2pm and fill the majority of your plate with dark, leafy greens" says fitness and wellness expert David Kirsch.


Get active

"You will not lose weight by dieting alone – exercise is key. By increasing your muscle mass you’ll burn more calories and that will help you lose weight. Mix up your routine weekly with interval training, yoga, resistance, swimming and boxing" James Duigan.


Sleep well

"Sleep reduces your appetite, regulates your metabolism and allows your digestion to get to work. Aim for six to eight hours per night" John Tsagaris, doctor of Chinese medicine.

3 Fat-Loss Food Swaps

1. Swap olive oil for coconut oil... ‘it’s even healthier for you’ James Duigan

2. Swap tropical fruits for berries... ‘they contain less sugar’ David Kirsch

3. Swap soya and low fat for full-fat dairy... ‘soya increases oestrogen levels in your body and low-fat produce can contain processed sweeteners’ James Duigan

If you do one thing this week...

"Make sure your meals last at least 20-minutes by chewing properly. It releases the vitamins and minerals in your food and produces saliva to make it more digestible" says James Duigan.

You Need to Know This...

Think about your body type - a high-energy spinning class isn’t the right exercise for you if you’re bottom heavy. Concentrate on the area you want to lose weight from and find an appropriate exercise David Kirsch

James Duigan’s Weightloss Menu

Breakfast: Poached eggs with grilled tomatoes

Snack: A handful of pecan nuts

Lunch: Grilled chicken breast with spinach and avocado salad

Snack: A handful of raspberries

Dinner: Salmon fillet cooked in a foil parcel with garlic, spring onions, ginger, chilli and lime

Dessert (yes!): Chargrilled peaches with honey and Greek yoghurt

'A good damage-control drink is vodka, mineral water and fresh lime' James Duigan

‘The quality of your sleep is just as important as the amount so create a calm, relaxing environment’ James Tsagaris

‘Buy Quinoa on your next food shop, it’s a wonder grain and very high in protein’ David Kirsch

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Your Comments (10)

  1. Karol wrote on Jul 23rd, 2013 ...

    Karol on Jul 23rd, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I really like this ‘article’, it straight forward, simple and has some great tips!

  2. Lina wrote on Jul 29th, 2013 ...

    Lina on Jul 29th, 2013 at 1:34 am

    amazing article, really informative without being tiring!!!

  3. Marjorie wrote on Aug 1st, 2013 ...

    Marjorie on Aug 1st, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Really positive and sensible advice

  4. isabelle wrote on Aug 1st, 2013 ...

    isabelle on Aug 1st, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    really good article, it’s simple and gives you lots of tips and tricks.

  5. Dorothy Chlystun wrote on Aug 14th, 2013 ...

    Dorothy Chlystun on Aug 14th, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Amazing fact about fat reducing absorption of sugar into the body. :)

  6. Jemma wrote on Aug 24th, 2013 ...

    Jemma on Aug 24th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Is coconut oil really better than olive oil?

    • Feelunique.com Team on Aug 27th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Jemma, Yes it is. Firstly coconut oil is far healthier for you than olive oil.
      Secondly it handles higher temperatures much better than olive oil so it is better to cook your food in.
      Although it is more expensive – a little goes a long way, and it is also known for having immune boosting qualities.
      Best wishes

  7. june wrote on Sep 11th, 2013 ...

    june on Sep 11th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    really like this article, so to lose 1lb a week , you have to reduce your calorie intake by 500 calories a day. Sounds simple, but not so easy to put into practice.

    • Feelunique.com Team on Sep 11th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Hi June, thanks for your comment. We’ve been trying this tip out and have found that the easiest way to do it is to, reduce our three main meals each day by just over 150 calories.
      For example, Alice (our Beauty Director) used to have, a banana and some natural yogurt on top of her muesli in the morning, but she now has just the cereal with a small amount of semi skimmed milk.
      Georgina (our Beauty Assistant) has stopped her afternoon snack of a small bag of almonds which saves her over 100 calories. It’s these kind of food swaps that help to save on those 500 calories, and are easier and healthier than reducing the number of meals you eat.
      Best of luck, and let us know how you get on.

  8. Habibi wrote on Jan 9th, 2014 ...

    Habibi on Jan 9th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I enjoy your writing type, do maintain on writing! I


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