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THE NEW YEAR IS WHEN MOST PEOPLE AT LEAST TRY TO START AS THEY MEAN TO GO ON. THE WHEELS MAY HAVE WELL AND TRULY COME OFF THE WAGON BY MARCH, BUT MATT GUY WRIGHT OFFERS SOME TIPS TO STEER YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

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Alcohol Ditch it. Give that poor liver of yours a well-earned rest. Your skin will glow and your mind will regain its sharp focus and clarity. Your figure will thank you too. Beetroot Eat lots of it and drink pure beetroot juice. This powerful detoxifying vegetable thoroughly cleanses your system and is rich in Reservatrol, which relaxes the arterial walls and can help lower blood pressure. Handy for when you open your credit card bill this month.

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Charcoal Charcoal is a magnet for gunk and toxins in your skin, drawing all the bad stuff out while giving your pores a deep clean. Try a charcoal face mask twice a week this month and see what difference it makes. We love Origins Clear Improvement Mask, £23, from Boots. boots.com

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Diets There are thousands of them out there, so if you want to diet, research the pros and cons wisely and choose which diet suits you best. ‘The Burn’ by nutritionist Haylie Pomroy, whose clients include J-Lo, Raquel Welsh and Cher, guarantees you will lose 10lbs in 10 days if followed to the letter. Always seek advice from your GP before embarking on any diet.

Exercise It’s a no-brainer. Your sloth-like semihibernation in front of the telly throughout Christmas means that you really do need to start exercising – and pronto. Whether you invest in a good pair of running shoes from a Sussex-based sports shop like Sweat Shop and start pounding the streets or begin a regular class at the gym, just get out there and get active. Set yourself realistic targets and you’ll make progress. sweatshop.co.uk

Fruit The darker the fruit, the more antioxidants they contain. Go for purple fruits: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants. Fruits with a purple hue are packed with Flavanoids, which help reduce inflammation, boost circulation, improve heart, liver, lungs and kidney health. Goals Set some. People who have a fitness or weight loss goal achieve results far quicker than those who don’t, as they have a date to focus on. Think of a positive reason to get healthy and you’ll triple your chances of success. Why not sign up for the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride, a 54-mile challenge that takes you through the stunning Sussex countryside and raises money for charity at the same time? bhf.org.uk

Sussex Style Jan/Feb 2015  

Lifestyle Magazine for Sussex

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