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Spa Junkie at… Bodyism

How does this tough exercise-and-diet regime measure up?

Spa Junkie at… Bodyism

Image: Jay Yeo

November 15 2011
Spa Junkie

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Spa Junkie has embarked on a two-week programme in pursuit of weight loss and a flat tummy at Bodyism in west London.


On Monday, I start the Six-Day Tummy Transformer.

“During the programme you’ll be eating around 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day. Most of us can cope perfectly well on this amount of calories, as long as it’s for short periods of time and we’re getting the right amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.” Natalie is detailing the diet and exercise plan.

“Lean white protein and green vegetables keep you full and provide you with these nutrients, yet they’re incredibly low in calories. This isn’t the same as surviving on 1,200-calories’-worth of diet cola and low-fat cereal a day. This is the healthy way to do it.”

We train every day for an hour, spending at least 15 minutes doing side bridge, plank stands and crunches. They have a remarkable amount of quirky torture-inducing equipment, which allows for a varied workout each week.

Acupuncture, massage and yoga sessions punctuate the training regime.

The diet is tough, and I feel hungry a great deal of the time. I am reminded of Elizabeth Hurley, who told me that she has been hungry every day of her life since she turned 25 – it’s part of being a woman in great shape, she said.

Apparently, it gets easier as you get more used to a no-sugar, smaller-portioned diet plan. Eat little and often, like the hunter-gathers did.


On the last day of my Tummy Transformer, despite a few hiccups (and a couple of glasses of wine), I have done well. I have reduced my fat to 14.4 per cent. I have lost almost 5cm off my tummy and reduced my weight by 3.3kg. The results speak for themselves. I buy the Silver package. And cancelled my membership at KX.

James looks pleased with me, and as I skip out of the mews house I feel blessed to know that despite my next inevitable crash and burn, I have now found a place on my doorstep where there is no judgment, just encouragement to live my life better.

What you do between the spa junking is vital; so having a great place to keep your diet and fitness regimes in good shape is key.

Spa Junkie pays for all her own travel, treatments and accommodation.