By Steven Saunders • 17 January 2020 • 13:42
DO EXERCISE: The padel team.
This week Celebrity Chef & Fellow Master Chef Steven Saunders, proprietor of The Little Geranium in La Cala shares some New Year tips to help shed those Christmas pounds!
EVERY New Year I try and get healthy again because let’s face it we all want to feel and look better, but it’s not easy changing the habits of eating those yummy chocolates and left over Christmas treats.
Realising and accepting that we have eaten and drunk too much is the first step to getting us to think about doing something about it! We all want to eat less junk food, smoke less, drink less and get fit, but it’s not easy.
I always kick start the New Year with the best diet plan in my opinion for immediate results, it is the Keto diet.
The name ‘keto’ comes from the fact that it allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called ‘ketones.’
This is an alternative fuel source for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. The liver produces ketones from fat; these ketones then serve as a fuel source throughout the body burning off the fat.
If you change your diet to eating very few carbs and a good amount of protein within weeks you will start seeing a difference. It is a diet that is safe for everyone unless you are taking medication for diabetes, high blood pressure or you are breast feeding. (Consult your doctor first if that is the case.)
On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run mostly on fat, burning fat 24-7.
This is great if you want to lose weight quickly, but my advice is not to stay on it. Use it as the means to get rid of those unwanted pounds and afterwards be careful what you eat and do some exercise.
This is also the time of year that I lighten up my menus in terms of using less carby vegetables like the ones that grow underground.
I have been buying kale, cauliflower, tender stem broccoli and baby courgettes as they are all low in carbs. However, I still have some most indulgent dishes on the menu of course and always will.
My business thrives off special occasions and that’s when we put aside our diet plans for a bit and just enjoy the occasion. In any case it is almost impossible to do a seven days a week diet so I always eat what I want on my days off (Sunday and Mondays) then I go back to the stricter regime on Tuesday.
One of the other most important things to do is exercise and I have been playing padel at the Miraflores tennis club for the last few weeks and I am really enjoying it!
A bit of fun with exercise and a bit more thought to what I am eating and the excess pounds will falI off.
If you want to lose some weight with a sensible diet plan with no gimmicks then take a look at Keto and at the list below and start making the change!
What can I eat on this diet?
What should I avoid?
Here are some food swaps
Steven Saunders’s opinions are his own and are not necessarily representative of those of the publishers, advertisers or sponsors.
The flavour of the cauliflower is enhanced incredibly when roasted to make this silky smooth, warming, most delicious soup. Ideal for a light lunch or dinner, but avoid the bread!
INGREDIENTS for four
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The Little Geranium, Winner of Best Contemporary International Restaurant 2019-Costa Del Sol – www.thelittlegeranium.com
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