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Joe Wicks warns against crash dieting: 'I don't believe in quick fixes'

The Body Coach advised fans to take a longer-term approach to weight loss

by Chloe Best

With summer holidays fast approaching, many of us will be looking to shed a few more pounds in order to look and feel our best when we hit the beach. However the Body Coach Joe Wicks has advised against crash diets, which often see people deprive themselves or restrict calories in order to get quick results.

RECIPE: Joe Wicks' chicken pie

"I don't believe in last-minute panicking and dropping calories to get a quick result. I don't believe in quick fixes or miracle milkshakes instead of meals," Joe told Press Association. "So many people leave it to the last minute then panic because suddenly they are going to Ibiza and feel the need to do a diet or detox for a week. It's not a nice way to do it and it can be negative because you put your body through stressful situations."

Joe recommends HIIT workouts for healthy weight loss

Instead the Body Coach recommends a more manageable approach to weight loss, by eating a healthy balanced diet and doing regular exercise. "I am lean because I make two decisions: I do regular exercise and I prepare my meals, and I am preaching that all year round. My plan is a three-month thing because it takes a long time to change your habits."

RECIPE: Joe Wicks' American-style pancakes

He added: "The first thing you should do is drink more water, between 2-4 litres per day, and number two is regular HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts, which can be done anywhere."

Joe says people can still enjoy delicious food and get results

Joe has previously said he doesn't agree with diet plans that "deprive" people of food, telling HELLO! Online: "The message for me is to get girls confident that they can eat more food." He added: "I always try to be as realistic about it as possible. Some people are too hard on themselves if they have a bad day. I always say 'Don't let a bad day become a bad week of eating.'"

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