How To Eat Your Way Thin

A guide for real women who have jobs and actually love food.

We have all gone down that road before; hearing or reading about this amazing diet that promises results in no time. “No exercise needed!” Yeah, right. Even if you do drop a few pounds, you’re more likely to cheat than actually stick to that diet. When you have work, it gets even harder to make time to exercise and cook a healthy meal, not to mention, go grocery shopping for the ingredients to make it. Plus, fad diets that ask you to drink veggies and grass, or teas that make you run to bathroom six times a day is not my idea of being sexy.

I’m not skinny. In fact, I’m a size 8. But I still consider myself to be fit. Do I diet? No. Do I exercise? A bit. Do I eat whatever I want? YES! The question you should be asking me [and yourselves] is, “Is the food I want, right?” Here are a few steps to follow to eat your way thin. It’s all in the calories.

STEP 1. Know your body. Get on that scale and face it. That’s how much you weigh. Now get you body mass index (BMI) by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. It should be between 22 and 23. Higher than that and you’re overweight or obese.

Check your BMI here.

STEP 2. Know your food what is good for you and what is gonna qualify you for the Biggest Loser. Fresh is best. The body digests it easily, there’s not so much preservatives, and they taste best. Fat is the enemy. Know it in all its shapes and forms: oil, butter, full cream milk, fatty meat.

STEP 3. Know the alternatives. Deprivation is not the way to drop a dress size. It’s about swapping your favorite fatty food for healthier, still tastier alternatives.

The Basics:

  • Eggs

  • Whole wheat pasta

  • Brown or red rice

  • Rice noodles

  • Oats

  • Onions & Garlic

  • Bay leaves

  • Black peppercorns

  • Dried chili flakes

  • Basil, oregano, cilantro

  • Coriander, cumin2

  • Paprika

  • Nutmeg

  • Flat leaf parsley

  • Sage, rosemary, thyme

The Bad:

  • Alcohol – avoid dark and sweet drinks as these contain more empty calories

  • Nuts – choose raw over roasted

  • “Good oils” – they may be essential but be careful how much you drizzle on

  • Soup/salad/dressing – watch out for hidden sugar, cream, and fatty meat; better make your own

  • Yoghurt – sounds healthy, but make sure it’s low in fat with no sugar added