If you're looking to get some tone back into your tummy (as well as the rest of your body), the beautiful dance of the belly may be the answer (you'll have to stay off the creams cakes too, though).
This ancient dance form is growing in popularity all the time, and there are a number of places across London offering lessons.
Although belly dancing is traditionally the preserve of women, some classes also welcome men. So if there are any blokes out there who'd prefer a lean belly to a beer belly, consider booking an appointment with your nearest class.
Lessons can be one-to-one, in a group, or in the form of workshops or courses. Many styles are covered, such as American Tribal Style, Egyptian cabaret, Turkish and Lebanese.
Classes are designed to be fun and are a great way to meet new people. All body shapes are welcome – you just need to bring along some enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
It's an excellent way to improve coordination, get in tune with your body, and get fit. This kind of dancing works your whole body, focusing particularly on your abdominal muscles.
So where to get started? London has lots of places teaching belly dancing. Here are a few suggestions:
The Small World Centre in south London run a number of courses and workshops for beginners and experienced dancers alike. Click here for information on weekly classes and private tuition.
Professional belly dancer Fleur Estelle runs classes in several London locations, for dancers of all abilities. Total beginners are more than welcome!
If you live near Upper Street (Islington), you can get lessons from Sadiyya Vahed, who promises dancing with "sensuality, beauty, passion, rhythm, excitement and adventure".
Jacqueline Chapman offers classes in central London on Tuesday evenings – you might have seen her presenting ITV2's Bodyfile programme.
Istanbul-born Elif has enormous belly dancing experience and prides herself on her friendly approach to teaching – classes take place in Kilburn and Clerkenwell.