THE 7-DAY PLAN!
Louise says that her seven-day method isn’t a crash diet, but simply a matter of tightening up a few eating and exercise habits to see results in as little as a week. ‘Once your new habits are set, your body will adapt and you won’t need to “diet” again,’ she explains.
1 DITCH ALL THE JUNK
Yep, that means everything – including fast food, alcohol and lollies – and those pesky hidden sugars that often lurk in sauces and other processed d foods. ‘Flip the label and save yourself any misconceptions,’ Louise says.
2 CUT BACK ON SALT
While it’s dangerous to eliminate salt completely, Louise says most people should halve their intake. ‘If I’m getting someone ready for awards season or an event, two to three days before, we reduce the salt,’ she shares. ‘It’s incredible the difference it makes.’
3 DISCOVER NEW FOODS
Now’s the time to get experimenting with recipes, or try something new from the vegie aisle. ‘Focus on heaps of vegetables in a rainbow of colours, and at least a couple of portions of fruit a day,’ Louise advises. ‘If your mindset is on the good stuff, you’re less likely to focus on what you can’t have.’
4 KEEP UP YOUR H2O
Drinking two to three litres a day will keep you hydrated, and prevent you from confusing thirst for hunger. But while keeping up your H2O levels is vital, Louise says don’t go to extremes. ‘It can be dangerous and lead to hyponatremia,’ she explains.
5 DON’T FORGET PROTEIN
Louise says that you should aim for three meals, plus two snacks every day – and each of those should include some protein. For snacks, try an apple with 12 almonds, some cottage cheese on a Ryvita, or two mini oatcakes with one tablespoon of peanut butter.
6 WORK OUT EVERY DAY (IF YOU CAN)
Ideally you should aim to work out for an hour for each day of yo your seven-day plan. Some of Louise’s fa favourite workouts include high-intensity in interval training (HIIT), as well as squats, pl planks and side lunges.
7 GET ENOUGH SLEEP
‘We see that clients who sleep well – s seven to eight hours a night – will a achieve great results,’ Louise shares. If you have trouble nodding off, try s switching off all screens at 9pm, or run a b bath with lavender and magnesium salts.