Who wants to be a size zero! Find out how you can still retain your womanly shape and be healthy
Sticking to a diet plan can be tiring and restrictive, especially if you are following a strict one. Often, these fad and fast diets cut out entire food groups and are effective short term but they are extremely difficult to maintain long term. While you may notice a weight loss early on in the diet, these restrictive diets can sometimes prevent your body getting nutrients and vitamins it needs from a well-balanced diet and result in problems longer term.
If you want to retain your wonderfully womanly shape while being as healthy as you can be, then The Real Woman Diet is for you. It is a realistic plan that has been developed to fit around a busy lifestyle. It encourages you to build activity into your daily routine, rather than asking you to take hours out of your day to complete a strict gym regime. On the The Real Woman Diet, you will eat normal meals, lose weight at a healthy rate and, with snacks scheduled into your day, you can eat when you like! Say goodbye to nibbling on lettuce leaves and feeling constantly hungry.
It’s all about flexible eating that fits around your life. What’s even better is the plan won’t feel like a diet, and once you have reached your target, you can adapt it so it becomes a way of life – making maintaining your healthy curves easy. There’s a lot of choice and treats, so you won’t feel deprived. You can lose upto 2lb a week on The Real Woman Diet, but when it comes to goals, the plan recommends you use a waist measurements or dress size as a target. A waist circumference of 32in or below, is the ideal when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight without sacrificing your curves. Here’s how to get one…
The key to the diet is balancing calorie intake with increased physical activity. Don't think gym, think walking - 30 minutes a day is all you need on top of your normal routine. The meal plans provide around 1,700 calories a day, but how you spread them out is up to you.
Breakfasts will provide around 340 calories or 20% of your daily allowance.
Lunch will provide around 600 calories or 30% of your daily allowance.
And 160 calories for snacks and treats. You definitely won't feel hungry as you can eat quite a bit if you are choosing healthy, balanced meals and snacks. Click through for convenient meal ideas and simple recipes you can whip up for the whole family.
We've put together a day-by-day plan to get you started. You can mix and match ideas - just make sure you include breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks.
All serving sizes are for one person and ingredients, unless otherwise listed, are low fat, reduced sugar, fat free etc.
Some meals include a dessert. A higher calorie main course might mean it's not a good idea to have a dessert; fewer calories in the main meal, and you can have a healthy pud.
Your Real Woman Plan - Breakfast Ideas
Day 1 - 80g melon, 50g (no added sugar) muesli with 2 tbsp low-fat natural yogurt, 1 toasted crumpet with 1tsp low-fat spread.
Day 2 - Handful of strawberries with 2 Weetabix, 150 ml semi-skimmed milk and 1 slice wholegrain toast with 1 tsp honey.
Day 3 - 125 ml fruit juice, 2 scrambled eggs on 2 slices wholegrain toast, 2 grilled tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, sautéed using spray oil.
Day 1 - Salmon and cucumber sandwich, 40g cereal bar.
Day 2 - 300g red Thai chicken soup with granary roll, 60g strawberries
Day 3 - Individual chargrilled chicken and tomato pasta salad, 1 banana
The real woman diet plan also allows for a morning and afternoon snack. Here are some suggestions -
Day 1: am - 15g pack of Ryvita Minis
pm - Vegetable crudités with 1tbsp humous.
Day 2: am - 2tsp Nutella on 1 slice wholegrain toast.
pm - 250ml fruit smoothie
Day 3: am - 1 banana with 1 tbsp low-fat natural yogurt and 1 tbsp (no added sugar) muesli
pm - 2 finger Kit Kat and 1 apple
You will need:
- the juice of 1 lemon
- 2tsp clear honey
- 1tsp olive oil
- 2 chicken drumsticks or thighs, skin on
- 2 small potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 2-3 slices lemon
- 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary and thyme
Combine the juice of the lemon with the honey and olive oil. Arrange the chicken pieces on a small roasting tray with the potatoes. Tuck the lemon slices, sprigs of rosemary and thyme inside the chicken and drizzle the lemon and honey mixture over the top. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes at 180C, 160C fan, 350F, gas 4. Serve immediately with 2 x 80g portions of vegetables.
You will need:
- 2tbsp pine nuts
- 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
- 1tsp sunflower oil
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 500g lean lamb neck fillet, cubed
- 250g basmati rice
- 500ml low-salt stock from concentrate or a cube
- 12 soft dried apricots, diced
- 2tbsp chopped fresh mint
Dry-fry the pine nuts until lightly browned and set aside. In a frying pan, soften the onion in the oil and add the cinnamon sticks. Turn up the heat, add the lamb and brown. Pour in the rice and cook for 1 minute, stirring all the time. Pour in the stock and add the dried apricots. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until all the stock has been absorbed. Check that the rice is cooked through. Sprinkle on the pine nuts and chopped mint and serve.
You will need:
- 300g dry pasta (any variety)
- 1 onion, peeled and sliced
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
- 2tsp sunflower oil
- 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- 1tsp dried oregano or basil (optional)
- 2tbsp freshly chopped parsley
- 175g feta cheese, cubed
Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions. In a frying pan, soften the onion and garlic in the oil. Stir in the tomatoes and season with black pepper and dried herbs if you prefer. Bring to the boil then simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and mix with the tomato sauce. Give it a good stir, sprinkle the feta cheese and serve.