Festive flab, how to shake off those unwanted extras

Festive flab, how to shake off those unwanted extras

Your mom’s famous cheesy potato bake on New Year’s Eve… A cheeky triple serving of peppermint crisp tart with your Covid bubble friends… That bag of Quality Street still left over from Christmas… If you think about it, there was a lot of deliciousness that went down over the holidays. Thing is, we’re finally getting into the swing of 2021 and your pants are suddenly feeling tight. Eek! We call this festive flab!

If you’re idea of “new year, new me” didn’t include feeling uncomfortable in your clothes and you’d like to trim down fast you’re going to want a diet that works. Better yet, you’re going to want one that doesn’t make you feel like you’re depriving yourself and, once the weight is lost, doesn’t pile back on the moment you stop it. Happily, this is where The Renewal Institute Diet (RID) comes in.

RID your ideal festive flab solution  

Why The RID is different

A low calorie, low glycaemic index (GI) eating plan overseen by medical doctors, the RID is an ideal diet for anyone wanting to slim down fast and then keep it off. The RID is also supported by supplements including great-tasting shakes to ensure that, despite eating fewer kilojoules. At least you’ll be getting the right nutrition. Then there’s your secret weapon against festive flab. These include weekly injections of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) administered by a doctor or nurse. As the low GI menu stabilises your blood sugar, you’re not likely to experience cravings while on the diet. Still, these injections will decrease the likelihood in a big way while turbo-boosting your metabolism. Thanks to this three-pronged approach to weight loss. With RID you could safely lose up to 8 kilograms in just a month! 

Like any weight loss diet, you’ll be consuming a controlled amount of kilojoules. However, not all food is created equally. The medical doctors who created the RID know this, which is why the plan the full of delicious low GI foods. This will help your body combat insulin resistance – something most people don’t realise is the reason why they’re struggling to lose weight and then keep it off. 


Insulin is a hormone created by your pancreas with an important role to play when it comes to regulating your blood sugar. In simple terms, it ‘talks’ to the sugar, telling it to leave your bloodstream and move into your body’s cells where it’s burned up as fuel. This is what happens if you’re in good health but, if you’re insulin resistant, your body doesn’t get the message. Your pancreas then has to pump out more and more insulin, essentially ‘shouting’ at the sugar before it fatigues and can no longer keep up. When this happens, instead of being converted into energy, your blood’s sugar gets stored away as fat. 

When you’re following the RID, you won’t be eating enough sugar to cause spikes in your blood sugar. This will help regulate your body’s response to insulin. Eventually, you’ll be able to gradually include more sugar in your diet without it immediately converting to stored fat. However, while on the diet, your body will start to burn your fat stash as it’ll be the most readily available source of energy due to the diet’s lack of readily available sugar. But don’t worry – you won’t miss it! Those shakes will taste as good as a dessert – but they’re not going to wreak havoc on your insulin levels. 

The bottom line on festive flab

If a little too much indulgence over the holidays has left you looking out of shape, today’s the day you commit to getting your best body ever. Your first step is to make an appointment to chat with one of the doctors at your nearest Body Renewal.

Once they clear you as a candidate for the RID, you’ll get to watch the scale go down as your waistline starts to shrink. Before you know it, you’ll be looking good and feeling great – as well as ready to take on 2021 like a boss! 


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