Shedding weight may be a minefield of calorie counting and exercise programs — but not if you follow “the simplest diet on earth”.
That is what health experts are calling Suzy Wengel’s Scandi Sense Diet, a strategy that helped her lose six gems and is currently about to go global.
The Danish mum of five, 39, made it after years of unsuccessful diets left her gloomy and her fat yo-yoing.
The “handful method” in the heart of her strategy means measuring your meals at the palm of the hand and eating 3 meals every day, plus a couple of healthy snacks, to reach your target weight.
Each meal is made of around four handfuls — one or 2 of veg, one of nourishment and a handful of fruit or starch.
In addition, it includes 1–3 tbsp of fat, plus you’ll be able to drink limited amounts of dairy products and openly enjoy zero-calorie drinks.
The diet may also help regulate blood glucose and cholesterol.
Together with the Danes swearing by it already, the Scandi Sense Diet book is defined to be published in eight languages as more scramble for in on Suzy’s secret.
She states: “I desired my way to rely on common sense and simplicity — to help individuals escape the monotony of calorie counting and weighing meals, and get away from a restrictive eating model where matters are healthy or unhealthy.
“That is why I assembled the idea of the handful principle.
I HAVE attempted weighing food and using smaller discs, but it is a faff, writes The Sun’s Jenny Francis.
So when I heard I’d be attempting the “simplest diet on earth” my ears pricked up. Not only was that I assured to not be force-fed quinoa but additionally assured I’d have perfect portions.
That is exactly what I got.
My 2 veg choices were broccoli and salad, and that I opted for chicken for the protein, also a breast feeding being the perfect size.
I would boil an excessive amount of rice then eat it to avoid waste. My hands I filled. Straightforward.
For the fats I selected cakes for a little bit of crunch. It was the easiest meal I had ready in ages and that I was full later.
This is not the most exciting dish for a first attempt it was much less stressful than the usual veggie curry.
I will chuck away the kitchen scales and also utilize my palms from today on.
“I eat everything with great enjoyment and without any guilt.”
Scandi Sense portions are quantified in handfuls since the dimensions of the hands is often related to our height and build.
If you gather your hands and thumb together and bend your hands, you will find the correct size. Is is said the amounts will enable you to lose, on average, 0.9lb–1.8lb (400g–800g) a week.
You should imagine you have three “mealboxes” per day, every filled with the four handfuls of meals plus 1–3 tbsp of fat.
Prep time: Around 25mins
You need: 140g duck breast, thinly sliced; 1/2 tbsp olive oil; 100g oyster mushrooms; 100g broccoli; two spring onions; 1/2 garlic clove; 1/4 chilli; 1cm fresh root ginger; 50g bean sprouts; tbsp teriyaki sauce; 1 teaspoon chicken stock powder; 200ml water; 10g cashew nuts; 30g glass noodles; sorrel blossoms and wild garlic (to garnish)
What’ll be in your plate:
HANDFULS 2 1 &: Oyster mushrroms spring onions
HANDFUL 3: Duck breast feeding
Strategy: Brown the duck nicely in the oil in a hot wok.
Remove from the pan and put aside. Cut the broccoli, mushrooms and spring onions into little pieces and brown them on all sides.
Thinly slice the garlic, chilli, ginger along with ginger sprouts, then put them to the wok with the teriyaki, water and stock.
Return the duck to the wok and heat completely.
Toast the cashew nuts and sprinkle them over the dish.
Boil the glass jars in lightly salted water. Serve and garnish.
Then think your desire as something that may be quantified on a hunger barometer, from zero to ten — is “not hungry at all” and ten will be “totally famished”.
The notion is to have a meal when you land on around 7 or 8 to the hunger barometer.
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In addition, it means it’s OK to eat a late breakfast if you aren’t hungry the minute you wake up. Or have a late night dinner.
Suzy states: “For extended spans of my life that I was not able to recognise if I was full. That is why I ate constantly.
“Now my system functions as it should, however, it took three years for my body to learn to tune into the natural signs of feeling full.”