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Rosemary Conley's 'Amazing Inch Loss Plan'

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Sheena Meredith

The Rosemary Conley diet: What is it?

The "Amazing Inch Loss Plan" is Rosemary Conley's low fat, calorie controlled diet and exercise plan. If you attend a Rosemary Conley class you don't just get a weigh-in and an informative talk, you also get a 45 minute workout.

The diet is for all shapes and sizes and, although it's predominantly followed by women, Rosemary Conley says they also have many men attending.

Rosemary Conley made her name in the late 80s with the Complete Hip and Thigh Diet. She now has a national network of clubs currently running more than 2,000 weekly classes with more than 80,000 members. Help and support to follow the diet plan is also available online.

The Rosemary Conley diet: What you can eat

The plan is based on low-fat, low-GI ( glycaemic index) foods so Rosemary Conley tells us. "You can eat anything with 5% or less fat in it. The exception is oily fish and porridge oats. They are higher in fat but they are still allowed." She says it's important to eat oily fish a couple of times a week, while porridge oats are a super food.

As the diet is low GI Rosemary Conley recommends, "basmati rice, pasta, potatoes with skins, brown bread with grainy bits in and cereal which is high in fibre".

You are also allowed unlimited tea, coffee, water and diet drinks.

For the first two weeks the base diet consists of 1,200 calories to encourage early weight loss. You eat a 200 calorie breakfast, a 300 calorie lunch and a 400 calorie dinner. You are also allowed a 50 calorie mid-morning and mid-afternoon power snack plus ¾ of a pint of milk. After two weeks the diet increases to 1,400 calories a day which means you can include an alcoholic drink or a dessert a day. You can also save treats to use later if you know you have a special event coming up.

Rosemary Conley says: "It's very easy to work, with loads of different meals calculated to 400 calories. When you've got past your first month and you're getting your first calorie allowance based on your gender and your weight and your age, you can then add on say a bigger portion of rice, or pasta or more fruit or whatever you wanted."

There are calorie-counted recipes, meal suggestions and you can also buy ready meals.

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