Forget cutting out cake, shunning sandwiches or surviving on boring salads if you want to get skinny. Our fave stars wouldn’t dream of doing anything that crazy. Well, some of them are sensible, anyway.Hollywood’s leading ladies don’t eat much, granted, but some of T’Town’s hottest stars have admitted that the secret to their svelte physiques is not starvation but moderation. In other words: portion control
Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Jessica Biel are just three of the more normal T’Towners who’ve revealed how they keep their figures without having their jaws wired. They eat what they like; they just don’t eat very much of it. Half a sandwich here, a mouthful of cake there, and not a low-fat spread or diet drink in sight. Sounds simple, right? It really is, honest!
“Portion control will be the big buzz words for the next few years,” reveals celebrity dietitian Nigel Denby. “By having too big a portion at each meal you could be taking in as much as 7,000 extra calories each week.” OMG! The food guru adds, “One way is to eat half of your portion, but I recommend eating a smaller portion, then waiting 10 minutes. If you feel full, stop eating. If you’re still not satisfied, have just a bit more. It can also help to use a smaller plate.” And this is exactly what our favourite stars do.
The Celeb Fans
Jessica Biel says, “Eat things you like, but eat them in smaller portions.” While Cameron Diaz is known to love full-fat faves like chips and onion rings, she just eats them in tiny portions. Pocket rocket Hayden Panettiere takes her routine one step further and only eats a quarter of what’s on her plate to begin with, before waiting to see if she really needs any more before continuing. Now that’s hardcore! But it makes total sense, as does a diet that doesn’t cost a dirham, involve prolonged periods of starvation or unfortunate side-effects, right? So how do we get started? Here’s the scoop..
Tips and Tricks
• First things first. Start using side plates at dinner. Seriously. It’s an easy way to monitor how much you’re eating and trick your brain into thinking you haven’t cut your portions in half.
• Look on the back of packets. You know that bit where they tell you how much a serving size is? That’s actually the amount you’re supposed to eat. Who knew?
• Start measuring your food. Roughly, three ounces of cooked meat, fish, or poultry is about the size of a deck of cards; ½ a cup is the size of an ice cream scoop; one cup is the size of a tennis ball; and one ounce of cheese is the size of a domino.
• If you’re cooking for a few people, don’t do ‘family style’ dining with big plates in the middle of the table. Serve food out onto each plate then leave the rest in the kitchen for anyone who wants seconds. No, this doesn’t include you.