Sunday 18 March 2018

Eat yourself slim

Cindy Crawford. Photo: Getty Images

Morag Maxwell

If you’re struggling to shift the extra pounds that Christmas inevitably brings, you’re not alone. Every New Year brings a tidal wave of diet advice for all those who have overindulged during the festive period.

From detox to deprivation, we’ve all been there - but as many of us have learnt, it is not easy, nor do the effects last beyond a couple of weeks until we begin eating normally again.

This New Year, A-listers such as Cameron Diaz and Jessica Biel have resolved to change the way they diet forever. And the news is spreading fast. Tinseltown is promising to be a detox-free zone this month, as more and more stars are joining the ranks of those who EAT to get slim. Yes, you have heard right - they will eat to get thin.

Nutritionists in Hollywood have been advising their clients to eat anything up to 10 small meals a day if they want to achieve lasting weight loss, and though it takes some getting used to for the women who have denied themselves this much food for years, the results are said to be amazing.

Cindy Crawford, one of the first to take the advice to heart, says: “Going seven hours without food isn’t the way to maintain your weight or energy levels.”

Cindy adopted the eating plan and is raving about it to her friends. She now eats at least three small, well-balanced meals, with snacks in between and is in the best shape ever.

Reese Witherspoon is happily munching her way through six meals a day and is stunned by the effect it has had on her body, while Cameron Diaz reckons that her ten small meals a day have cleared her skin and enabled her to shed a few extra pounds.

“Start Eating,” says a super-slender Jessica Biel, and who are we to disagree?

This could be the easiest and the most effective diet you have ever used, and it is one you can follow for the whole year. So make your resolution to Eat Yourself Slim.

Grant Roberts, fitness and diet guru to the stars confirms that this is the diet we should all be following.

“Getting in shape is a science, but it’s not rocket science. Forget the fad diets and pills,” he says. “The most potent weight management drug on the market is food.”

Valerie Waters, trainer and food guru to such stars as Jennifer Garner, Uma Thurman, Cindy Crawford and Kate Beckinsale, says the biggest misconception she sees in her clients is the belief that starving yourself will shed the pounds.

“Then your body is no longer OK with a healthy salad and chicken breast,” she says. “Your food cravings will override anything at that point, and your body will want sugar and fat, so you’ve chemically set yourself up to eat bad.”

Valerie encourages all her clients to eat regular healthy meals and never to even think of starving.

While we can’t all have the luxury of a personal body guru, we can adopt their methods at home. The idea is to send your metabolism into fat-burning mode on a permanent basis.

Think of food as a tool to fuel a fat-burning fire. Follow the Eat Yourself Slim Diet for a month and you will see for yourself what it can do for your body.

The Rules

Eat enough protein to keep your blood sugar steady and prevent muscle loss - fat is what we want to lose so make sure to eat some protein at least three times a day. Without protein you can be in danger of losing muscle rather than fat, leading to flab. So start each day with a protein breakfast and eat small portions of protein for each main meal.

Stick to small portions and drink lots of water. Try to eat something every three hours to keep your metabolism burning at its best.

Replace all white carbs with wholegrain alternatives, avoid sugar and only eat potatoes every other day - less often if you can.

Chuck out all processed and fatty foods such as pies or pastries and stick to fresh seasonal vegetables, lean meat, fish and fruit.

It is unlikely you will get hungry on this diet, but if you need extra snacks have another piece of fruit or some seeds instead of crisps or sweets.

© Sunday World Magazine

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