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How to lose weight gained during the holidays

How to lose weight gained during the holidays

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A simple plan to lose weight quickly and sustainably with no hunger, no calorie counting, no magic products but just eating real food.

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Now that we are entering the Christmas holidays, it is important to be reminded of the Rules of Calories.

Ten Tips to lose weight gained during the holidays

1.   Whatever you are eating while no one is watching, does not contain any calories.
2.   When drinking a sugar free fizzy drink while eating a chocolate bar, the calories in the chocolate bar is evened out by the fizzy drink.
3.   If you are eating together with other people, only count the calories you eat more than them.
4.   Food used for …medical purposes (e.g. hot chocolate, red wine, cognac etc.)  NEVER counts.
5.   The more you make other people eat, the thinner you appear.
6.   Food (e.g. popcorn, peanuts, fizzy drinks, chocolate and sweets) which is a part of the cosy moment of watching movies or listening to music, does not contain any calories, as they are not consumed as a meal, but merely as a part of entertainment.
7.   Cake, confectionery and cookies contains no fat, if they are split into small pieces and eaten little by little, because the fat will evaporate when splitting them.
8.   Everything licked off a knife or spoon while cooking, contains no calories as it is done as a part of the cooking process.
9.   Foods having the same colour, contains the same amount of calories (e.g. tomatoes and strawberry jam, mushrooms and white chocolate).
10.   Frozen food (e.g. ice cream) contains no calories, as calories are a heating unit.

Ha, ha, just Joking!  Please, don’t take the above seriously!

You can find my best ten tips in another post.

You all know  that I have been on a diet these past six months and I have now lost 18 kilos (2.83 stones).

I won’t say it was easy but what I can say that it was not tiring or boring as I didn’t cook anything special for myself.  I continued cooking the food we eat, which is based on the Mediterranean Diet but with the combinations and amounts suggested by my Dietician Mr. Andreas Sampatakakis.

During my diet, I have eaten all kinds of food which otherwise are not allowed in many diets, such as moussakas, pastitsio, dolmades, pizza, pasta, fricasse, psito sto fourno, fried food, etc.


Based on my personal experiences and knowledge on food, I have written a cookbook called “More Than A Greek Salad”. 


The cookbook contains over 250 traditional Greek  recipes, but it’s more than a cookbook.  In this cookbook you will find all you need to know about the Mediterranean Diet, lots of healthy recipes to follow and menu suggestions to help you lose weight and stay healthy!

My motto is:  Eat less, exercise more, put more fruits and vegetables in your diet, stay away from sugar as much as possible and don’t eat too much junk food.

Happy New Year!

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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Sunday 1st of January 2012

Hilarious! the first one is my favorite. LOL

Ivy, you look great, losing 18 kilos is very impressive. Well done.


Tuesday 27th of December 2011

That really amused me, I think that its fair to say that as far as decembers go I have got through this one without doing too much wrong!


Friday 16th of December 2011

I agree that running is the best exercises because it helps us to burn the calories. In order to successfully reduce weight one should eat 5-6 times per day, a small meal, instead of 3 heavy meals. Avoid use of vehicles for small distances and use staircases instead of lifts at your workplace as well as your home. Exercising is one of the best ways to burn calories. Thanks a lot.

Vera Porter

Saturday 10th of December 2011

You look fabulous Ivy, i so much wish I had the charachet to be like you. Ah, oui.

Magic of Spice

Thursday 8th of December 2011

Oh I love you funny my dear! And congratulations, you look amazing! I hope you are enjoying your holiday season :) Hugs

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