‘ONE DAY A WEEK I WANT YOU TO GO CRAZY. EAT CAKE, DRINK WINE AND KNOW THAT IT WILL BE FINE’
plan where you will see results in the first two weeks. Because if you don’t see results fast, or it’s too difficult, you’ll lose motivation and won’t stick with it. That’s where the 4:3 comes in,’ she explains. ‘What I’ve found works is controlling yourself one day then not having to the day after. It’s three nonconsecutive days of fasting, and you can plan those around your social life. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and it is definitely doable if you choose the right foods.’
On the three mindful days you don’t count calories, but ensure you follow the blood sugar balancing protocol – three meals, plus two snacks, with protein included in every one.
On the magic day – well, ‘I want you to go crazy
and eat what you want, drink what you want and really enjoy yourself,’ Gabriela says. ‘From a psychological view point, it’s important to have something to look forward to: eat a lot of cake, drink wine and know that it will be fine. Like fasting, it’s a shock for your metabolism – and that can be good for it, because changing a pattern builds your body’s resilience.
‘It really helps with loss of weight carried around the middle – the most dangerous area to carry fat as those tissues are the most active in prompting inflammation,’ adds Gabriela.
The proof is in the results – in just two weeks on the 4:3 plan, Gabriela has seen clients lose between 1.7kg and 3.8kg.