If you haven’t heard of London-based nutritionist Amelia Freer yet, all that needs to be said is ‘Sam Smith’ and ‘amazing transformation’ and you’ll be brought right up to speed.
Amelia’s revolutionary approach to eating has been credited to many a-listers dropping some serious weight recently, and whilst her book Eat. Nourish. Glow: 10 Easy Steps For Losing Weight, Looking Younger And Feeling Healthier (Published by Harper Thorsons) is fast becoming one of the most coveted diet books on the market, it is her practical methods and focus on positive attitude that achieve the real results.
And the proof is definitely in the pudding…so to speak. Sam Smith lost an impressive 2 stone in a fortnight following Freer’s advice, and ahead of his US chat show debut, funnyman James Corden also enlisted Amelia’s help to get into shape.
Whilst we all naturally do a bit of a dramatic eye-roll when we hear the phrase ‘fad diet’, the Eat. Nourish. Glow message is somewhat refreshing in the fact that it doesn’t advocate strict rules or encourage you to deprive yourself of anything. And the nice thing about Amelia is that she’s been there, eating micro-meals like the rest of us. Acting as the PA to the Prince of Wales 12 years ago, her life was understandably hectic, and as a result, healthy eating was often an afterthought.
‘My diet used to be terrible. Throughout my ‘20s I lived on pasta, ready-meals, croissants and sandwiches – everything was quick, processed and full of wheat and sugar.’
‘When I think about the nutritional balance of my diet then, it’s little wonder I was shattered, permanently bloated with terrible acne and recurrent colds and infections. I was to be frank, a mess.’
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All it takes is to browse Amelia Freer’s Instagram (the food looks yummy), and hear all the positive celeb feedback she’s had to know that this lady is definitely on to something. We’ve taken a brief look at the 10 easy-to-achieve steps that Amelia advocates in her book and encourage you to give them a try. Soon you’ll be glowing!
1. One Thing At A Time
Amelia knows that things can take time and advises to try and give up just one thing at the start, (e.g. caffeine, sugar). Once that has been achieved you’ll feel motivated to keep going.
2. Kitchen Clear Out
Yep, that jar of emergency Nutella needs to go.
3. Be Mindful
Think about when you eat and the kind of eater you are. Establish your bad habits and how to combat them.
4. Stop Snacking
Once you’ve improved your regular meals the theory is you won’t need to snack. But again, Amelia suggests you work on this slowly.
5. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
We all have a weakness (Toffee Crisps anyone?), and Amelia doesn’t judge for indulging every now and again. Instead she encourages you to change the way you think about ‘good’ foods and ‘bad’ foods.
6. Glow Glow Glow
Good fats like the kind found in avocados, coconut and milk are essential for great skin. It’s that pesky devil sugar we need to steer clear of.
7. Pick Wisely
Eating healthy food makes you feel better. It really is as simple as that. Lots and lots of fruit and veg.
Make water your new best friend. Keep hydrated and your body will thank you for it.
9. A Little Help
Supplements should NEVER supplant healthy nutrition, but sometimes consulting a nutritionist about getting a little boost might help.
10. Get Off Your Bum
Following a healthy diet is only the start. A moderate amount of exercise will definitely move things along!