THE 7-DAY PLAN!

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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.

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