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Health & Fitness
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
"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.
"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.
"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 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.
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
"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.
‘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
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
'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