How many of you have made a New Years resolution to lose weight? If you are planning on following a trendy diet such as the Dukan or Atkins diet be prepared that they are unlikely to last more than 15 days and you could end up bigger!

A new study conducted by Hovis Wholemeal based on 2000 women found that eating a balanced diet was far more effective for losing weight in the long term than crash diets. Add an increased amount of exercise into the mix and results will be even better according to cyclist Victoria Pendleton.

In a survey of the worst celebrity diets the Dukan diet came top of the poll for avoidance in the New Year.

So the advice is if you need to lose weight do it in a healthy, enjoyable and sustainable way. But is it that easy? Have you tried any of the celebrity diets? What worked for you?

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