We may be well into summer but it’s still not too late to get some weight loss under your belt (as opposed to over it!). So is this a new trendy fad diet? Is it going to cost the earth in additives, supplements? Is it something that I won’t be able to stick with because the food tastes boring?
No. This is a smoothie and snack diet that is tasty and nutritious. It’s set out in the Body Reset Diet: Power Your Metabolism, Blast Fat and Shed Pounds in 15 Days (£12.99, Rodale Press). It’s been designed by the person behind some of Hollywood’s most sought-after figures-Megan Fox and Katy Perry. Come on down Harley Pasternak. The diet plan is simple, the foods wholesome and the foods take just five minutes to prepare! Combined with moderate exercise. The pounds will come off and stay off!
The secret behind this diet is to eat. Continuously. Around the clock. Well at least five times during the day. Metabolism will be kept ticking over to avoid you suddenly having cravings for binge-eating and a blow-out. The bottom line is that you will be consuming a selection of smoothies and solid meals with high amounts of vegetables and fruits at specific intervals to overload your body with nutrients without having to count a single calorie. Does it sound too good to be true? Well there are enough people who swear by this Body Reset diet. Weight loss should be observed after just five days. Now the title of this article is smoothie recipes, so I’ll present those at the end, but here is an overview of the diet process:
Phase 1 Days 1-5
Three smoothies a day and two snacks. The meals are high volume, so you should never feel hungry. Fitness: During this phase you’ll need to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. Check using a pedometer
Phase 2 Days 6-10
Eat five times a day comprising two smoothies, one solid meal and two snacks between meals.
Fitness: Continue with your 10,000 steps per day along with circuit A, a simple five-minute at-home fitness routine performed three days a week. The moves in circuit A are designed to train the posterior/rear muscles of your body to help align your body and make your arms and middle look longer and leaner.
Phase 3 Days 11 onwards
Five meals a day but just one smoothie a day, plus two meals and two snacks.
Fitness: You’ll still be sticking to your 10,000 steps and you’ll be alternating between two sets of five-minute circuits of resistance training five days a week. The phase 3 programme consists of circuit A and circuit B which works the anterior muscles, such as your chest, obliques and quads. You should do circuit A on days 11, 13 and 15 and circuit B on days 12 and 14.
Then, by and large, you continue: Walking is a simple fat-burning activity that doesn’t require any skill or equipment, while super-short resistance workouts five times a week get your muscles toned.
Here are three smoothie recipes, white green and red.
5 raw almonds (whole or chopped)
1 red apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped
1 small banana, frozen and cut into chunks
125ml fat-free natural Greek yoghurt
185g skimmed milk
1/2tsp ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blitz until you reach your desired consistency.
125g frozen raspberries
35g frozen blueberries
½ orange, peeled
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1tbsp ground linseeds
Again, combine all ingredients in a blender and blitz until you reach your desired consistency.
Green Smoothie (my favourite!)
60g spinach leaves
1 ripe pear, unpeeled, cored and chopped
15 green or red grapes
185g fat-free natural Greek yoghurt
2tbsp chopped avocado
1-2tbsp fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and whip them together until you reach your desired consistency.