The Secret to Maintaining Your Top Shape

Listen up, ladies! We’ve found the secret to bagging the best body – and maintaining it all year round. And it's all about a high-protein, low-GI diet.

You all know the benefits of a balanced diet and regular exercise, right? But according to the world’s biggest diet study, Diogenes (Diet, Obesity and Genes), a combination of a low GI and high protein diet is the real key to maintaining a beautiful bod.

“The results conclude that of the five popular diet types tested, a high-protein, low GI diet provides the greatest opportunity for weight loss maintenance,” reveals study author, Professor Arne Astrup. “We also found that with this diet, people were more likely to stick with it so they had a better chance of keeping off the weight they had lost!”

While many of you may already be already familiar with the benefits of a low GI diet, Australian GI expert from The University of Sydney, Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, is thrilled with the recent findings. “This study supports our ongoing GI research and indicates that a low GI, high protein, will assist with weight maintenance,” she says.

So, now that we know the theory, how easy is it to put into practice? According to celebrity trainer Michelle Bridges, it’s simple! “A high protein, low GI diet is not difficult – I do it every day!” she reveals. And Professor Brand-Miller agrees: “It is not difficult to follow this routine, with so many fresh and healthy foods that fit within this type of diet. Examples include pasta, legumes, lean meats, eggs, fish, many fruits, most vegetables.”

Here’s a look at Michelle Bridges' daily meal plan to get you started:

BREAKFAST
- ¾ cup Special K Original – 115 calories
- ½ cup skim milk – 60 calories
- 1 lady finger banana – 63 calories
- 1 tub of low fat yoghurt – 100 calories
- 1 skim high calcium milk flat white coffee – 100 calories

MORNING TEA
- 1 skim high calcium milk flat white coffee – 100 calories

LUNCH
- Cucumber, beetroot, chicken and mint salad – 259 calories per serve

AFTERNOON TEA
- 1 apple – 80 calories
- 4 plain vita wheat 9 grain crackers – 90 calories

DINNER
- 3 cups of steamed greens (bok choy, choy sum, broccoli, snow peas) – 120 calories
- 150 grams steamed white fish (basa) – 180 calories

AND... Two litres of water!

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