Fans of Nigella Lawson’s voluptuous curves may be in for a disappointment as she stepped out into a glare of publicity last week with speculation about how she has lost so much weight. The super curvy, lover of all foods rich and fat laden cook and TV star has lost an astonishing amount of weight and we the public want to know how!
Regular viewers of Nigella Lawson’s show and readers of her many cook books will know that most of Nigella Lawson’s recipes contain full fat butter, lard and double cream.
And although she has never complained about her weight in the past, this year Nigella was photographed in an all together not so flattering ‘burkini‘ on a beach in Sydney, saying that it was for ‘sun protection’.
Here at Shoppersbase we can reveal the secret to Nigella Lawson ‘s incredible loss of weight; she has been following the Clean and Lean Diet, devised by James Duigan, who is the personal trainer and nutritional advisor to models Elle Macpherson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actor Hugh Grant.
It seems that Nigella is not the only fan of James Duigan’s method, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has spoken out publically to endorse James Duigan and attributed her lean and taut body to his dietplan saying, “I love his Clean and Lean approach to diet and life, it’s so simple and yet so effective.”
Idea behind the Clean and Lean Diet
The idea behind the Clean and Lean Diet is that the body’s state is naturally lean and fit and it is the fat, processed foods and fizzy drinks which cling to our bodies that make us sluggish and overweight.
And the more nutrients you eat, the less hungry you will feel. But how can you eat more and lose weight? Well of course it all depends on the type of food you are consuming.
The Clean and Lean diet plan contains fresh fish, lean meat including turkey and chicken (without the skin), and fresh, preferably organic vegetables. Puddings are out and fruit and nuts are in.
Clean and Lean Eating Plan
One important part of the Clean and Lean plan, apart from changing the food you eat, is to consume the health supplements that are available with the plan.
These contain a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and fish oils that help to burn fat and fight cravings. Most participants of the Clean and Lean diet start their day off with a ‘Body Brilliance’ shake; this is a natural blend of ‘super greens’, herbal adaptogens, fruit and vegetable concentrates and probiotics that supposedly has fat burning properties to help reduce cravings whilst at the same time promoting a healthy system.
The Clean and Lean Diet Plan has some simple rules which you can follow without taking the supplemental drinks and shakes:
- Eat more berries. They are packed with vitamin C, which helps the body to deal with stress. Plus, they’re full of fibre which helps to regulate blood-sugar levels. Have a handful of berries with your breakfast.
- Have dark green vegetables with every meal. They help to replenish the body with vitamins in times of stress. Have these at least three times a day if you can (even breakfast!), but make sure they’re organic.
- Try eating turkey more often. It contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan, which releases serotonin (a calming, feel-good hormone) into the body. Keep it clean and lean by choosing skinless and organic.
- Swap potatoes for sweet potatoes. They will satisfy a carb craving, but contain more fibre and vitamins than white potatoes.
- Keep avocados handy. They contain good fat and potassium which can lower your blood pressure and, therefore, stress levels. Have half an avocado on its own as a snack or with oatcakes for a delicious stressbusting breakfast.
- Have a handful of nuts a day. Nuts help boost a battered immune system, plus they’re full of B vitamins, which help to lower stress levels.
Don’ts of Clean and Lean Diet plan
- Cut out processed foods. They are full of junk and deplete the levels of vitamins and minerals in your body, leaving you more prone to stress. Stick to clean, lean, natural foods.
- Do not eat junk food. This is typically high in bad fats (burgers, chips, kebabs, etc), lowers your concentration levels and increases your stress levels.
- Keep away from salty foods. They increase your blood pressure, making you more prone to stress. The worst offenders are processed meats such as ham and bacon, and processed foods that are stuffed with salt.
- Keep coffee drinking to a minimum. Too much caffeine stresses out your system by constantly flooding your body with the fat-storing hormone cortisol. Stick to one or two cups of organic coffee a day.
- Limit your alcohol intake. People mistakenly think it will help them to unwind after a hard day, but it has the opposite effect, just stressing your whole system further. Alcohol is also full of sugar which makes you toxic and fat.
The Clean & Lean Diet: 14 Days to Your Best Ever Body by James Duigan is available to buy in paperback from amazon.co.uk