AFTER THE EXCESSES OF CHRISTMAS TRY THIS ANTIDOTE – HOW PORRIDGE CAN MAKE YOU FITTER NOT FATTER
The humble bowl of porridge – the first food product endorsed by authorities in America as beneficial to health – is about to undergo a revival as an aid to losing weight, with a good reason.
Low in sodium and low in fat, oats are packed with slow-release complex carbohydrates that stave off hunger pangs for up to four hours.
According to fitness guru Monica Grenfell, an average of four bowls a day is behind her svelte figure – and those of many of her clients.
“Not only does it lower cholesterol levels, but it is easily digestible. Unlike bran, it doesn’t bother people who are prone to irritable bowel syndrome as it is gentle on the stomach. Served with skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, one bowl will provide just under half the recommended daily protein intake.”
The trick is to eat your porridge little and often. Monica’s day starts with “first breakfast” of roughly 40 grams of porridge at 7 am followed by more porridge at 8.30 am, followed by more porridge at 9.30 am.
At 10 or 11, she eats a slice of toast, and at lunchtime “a bit more of a meal” potatoes, salad, and cold fish. This is followed by a snack at 4pm of more porridge. Supper consists of – surprise – porridge.
5 days to a flatter stomach by Monica Grenfell is published by Boxtree, £4.99. To order ring 01256 302699
Yours in good health and wishing you all a happy new year – Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire