Anne Hathaway snacked on radishes and hummus to lose weight for film roles

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The Oscar winner ate root veggies to aid dramatic weight loss for Les Misérables...

Anne Hathaway in Nina Ricci

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She had to lose a staggering 25lbs (roughly 1.7 stone) from her already delicate frame to play the dying Fantine in Les Misérables, so it's unsurprising that Anne Hathaway had to take drastic diet measures.

But the Oscar winner has now revealed that she snacked on radishes dipped in hummus as a way to curb cravings and stay lean.

Of course, we wouldn't recommend losing too much weight like Anne (she was preparing to play a dying girl after all) but radishes are a great snack if you're looking to shift a few stubborn pounds pre-holiday season.

Here are four reasons why our fridges are full of the funny little root veggies...

There are only five calories per serving, making them a great choice if you're on a calorie focused diet like the 5:2 diet. They have zero fat content, plus they're a massive 95% water too, making them a great way to boost your hydration levels.

They have the crunch factor, which means you will need to chew more, helping you to feel satisfied and fuller for longer. Chop a few into a fresh salad for a slightly peppery flavour and plenty of goodness.

TV nutritionist, Lowri Turner told us, "Radishes can also help dieters reduce portion sizes thanks to the crunch factor. It takes between 10 and 30 minutes for the brain to register the 'I'm full' signal from our stomachs so foods that need chewing, like radishes, slow down eating; this gives our bodies time to communicate the 'stop eating' message, meaning we may eat less and in turn lose weight."

You only need to eat eight to achieve one of your five-a-day and they have a very low GI, meaning they will help to stabilise your blood sugar levels and prevent your body from storing fat (as a result of massive glucose spikes from high GI foods).

They are good for your skin and packed full of Vitamin C, which has cell-protecting antioxidant properties.

So, why not follow in Anne's footsteps and try these little red roots for yourself?

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