We look at the pros and cons of diets to help shift weight put on during lockdown

A HEFTY 48 per cent of people say they have put on weight during lockdown – and they’re just the ones who admit it. I was one of them, so this week I weigh up some diets’ pros and cons.

And our Beauty Editor has put gift boxes to the test – perfect for those who may have forgotten Valentine’s Day!


with Jane Atkinson


  • From £20 a month: slimmingworld.co.uk – buy here

You can eat limitless portions of hundreds of foods plus some naughty “syns” so you don’t miss out on your chocolate fix. I did the online programme. Loved logging food and realising you can eat MORE! I stuffed my face and lost weight. An eating plan for life.


  • ProLon £199 at prolon.co.uk – buy here

I love this “diet”. ProLon is a five-day “fasting mimicking” diet. You get boxes of biscuits, soups, bars, olives, chocolate bars and drinks averaging 800 kcals a day for five days. It has been scientifically proven to trick the body into a fasted state, while you still get to eat. I lost 8lb in five days. £199.


  • Perrigo’s XLS-Medical Ultra 5 tablets, £44.99 for a two-week supply xlsmedical.co.uk – buy here

This is not a miracle cure. But if you are on a diet and need a boost, these can help. It is claimed they can help you lose up to five times more weight. Perrigo’s XLS-Medical Ultra 5 tablets cost £44.99 for a two-week supply.


with Gabriella Stein


  • Look Fantastic Beauty Box, £15 per month from lookfantastic.com – buy here

A subscription box with one, three, six or 12-month options. Features haircare, make-up and skincare in mostly sample sizes. February’s box has items worth more than £51 from brands such as Illamasqua and Elemis. A great way to try products.


  • Escentual Scents Perfume Discovery Set, £19.99, escentual.com – buy here

A box containing eight mystery fragrances, each month with a different theme – this month’s are chypre scents. At the end of each month, Escentuals will reveal what the fragrances are. The £19.99 spent is redeemable against anything on the website. A fun way to try different fragrances while stores are closed.


  • Look Incredible Deluxe Beauty Box, £35, lookincredible.co.uk – buy here

A monthly subscription box that promises only full-sized products. You’ll get four or five high-end items each month, mainly make-up, sometimes skincare too. February’s box had make-up from Mac, Lancome, Too Faced and Memi worth £99.

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