By Amy Hunt
A diet where you can lose weight and still eat bacon and cheese? Count us in!
The Louise Parker is a diet that isn't in a diet, according to the woman herself. In fact, the very first line of her book reads, "I loathe dieting. I’m actually on a mission to end it,"
Interestingly, the Louise Parker method of shedding the pounds has a few very famous fans - not least, the Duchess of Cambridge, who reportedly used it to lose her baby weight.
And Emma Thompson is also a convert, recently revealing that Louse Parker helped her go from a size 14 to a size 10. So it'sclearly working! The award-winning actress, who has admitted, "everything changes" with your body when you reach 40, has reportedly lost around 8kg (1.2 stone) on the plan.
And it's clear that the star didn't feel deprived, as happens so often when embarking on a new diet. In the foreword to Louise's book, The Louise Parker Method: Lean For Life: The Cookbook, Emma writes, "I love that her method is NOT a diet - and is genuinely sustainable - so I can have my glass of wine and manage to avoid spending the rest of the week eating cheesy Wotsits."
So what does the Louise Parker diet plan involve?
There are Four Pillars to Louise's method: thinkingsuccessfully and believing in yourself, living well (a balanced lifestyle), eating well, andworking out 'intelligently'.
The Four Pillars:
- Thinking successfully means harnessing a positive mindset, and visualising your weight loss goal - believing that you really can achieve it.
- 'Living well' is focused more on your lifestyle, and how well you're doing self-care. A key part of the method is making sure you get enough sleep, embarking on digital detoxes, and decluttering your surroundings to help you be your best.
- Eating well is pretty self-explanatory. It simply involves eating three well-balanced meals a day.
- And working out 'intelligently' is all about maximising your workouts.
Louise advocates a healthy eating plan which doesn't include only the seemingly obligatory healthy foods such as kale and gluten-free bread. Instead, she welcomes embracing snacks and treat foods - hallelujah!
What sort of foods can you eat on the Louise Parker method?
On the plan, you'll begin with a month-long 'Transformation Phase', where you stick to the plan and begin to establish your healthy habits. Each meal should contain protein, low GI (glycaemic index) carbohydrates and a small amount of healthy fat. You should also eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and are also allowed two snacks per day.
The diet includes recipes too, ranging from bircher museli to white bean and rosemary soup, and huevos rancheros - a spicy, tomato egg dish.
Louise's suggestions for your exercise include daily resistance workouts with weights and ballet moves. However, Louise generally suggests that in order to help shift the pounds, you should aim to complete 10,000 steps a day, plus 15 minutes of her toning workouts.
But as mentioned,Louise's method also considers out lifestyle habits can directly affect our health and our weight - so she suggests a digital detox at night - binning the Kindles and iPhones and instead, getting stuck into a book before your head hits the pillow. The trainer to the stars also believes that 'brain naps' could do us all the world of good. This essentially means taking a break from everything that occupies your day, and could be done by going on a walk, or even just resting on the sofa for 20 minutes.
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