"You can lose a lot of weight quickly by not eating, but you won't keep it off," he says.
"When you diet without exercise, at least half of your weight loss comes from lean body mass (that's muscle and non-fat tissue).
Most people drink too much water when they cut back on food, but going OTT on the H2O taxes your kidneys and waters down your digestive juices, reducing their overall efficacy. Go for blends that aid digestion, such as lemon verbena, camomile and mint.Dandelion coffee will help detox your liver by breaking down fats, and also acts as a mild diuretic to reduce water retention. Most of us suffer from a blood sugar disturbance, so counteract the dizzying side-effects of a calorie-reduced diet with chromium.Aim to reduce your intake at every meal by up to 45 per cent.• Aim to consume 1,000 calories a day - enough to encourage weight loss without affecting basal metabolic rates. Make sure all the food you eat is seasonal, organic and nutrient rich, packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and enzymes.Celebrity nutritionist and naturopath Max Tomlinson and fitness trainer David Kirsch, who count A-listers such as Liv Tyler and supermodels Heidi Klum and Linda Evangelista among their clients, claim you can lose inches and change your body shape, as long as you stick to their plan.
You will eat five small meals a day - you may even find you are eating more than usual."Crash dieting or starvation will only lead to weight gain down the line.In the short term, you are likely to lose weight from all the wrong places - usually your face and breasts - rather than your thighs and tummy."Working on the basis of calorie expenditure exceeding intake, Max's golden rules for slimming safely include: •Kick-start your metabolism. Start skipping meals and your body will store the little food you do eat, often laying it down as fat rather than burning it immediately as a source of energy.This slows your metabolism, setting you up for weight regain as soon as you increase your food intake."By following David's New York Fitness Plan for 14 days alongside the diet, you can slim while training your body to burn fat.Before exercising, David recommends assessing the problem areas that need toning and to establish your basic level of fitness.• Eat organic fish and lean meat; eggs; poultry; brown rice; brown wheat-free, yeast-free bread; oats and quinoa.