‘ONE DAY A WEEK I WANT YOU TO GO CRAZY. EAT CAKE, DRINK WINE AND KNOW THAT IT WILL BE FINE’

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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.

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