The Nordic Diet
Losing weight is on almost everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions – it’s currently in at number one here at Ahlan! HQ – but we all know as well as you do that when it comes down to it, it’s often easier said than done. That’s all set to change, though, with the hottest new diet currently sweeping Tinseltown – and we’ve got the lowdown on this newest trend. It’s OK, you don’t have to thank us.
Based around the concept of eating as the Vikings did with wholegrains, plants, fresh fish and meat, the diet is rich in nutrition while steering clear of refined grains such as white bread and pasta. While you do have to eat smaller portions, the foods you eat are picked to fill you up, so you don’t have to worry about over-eating. Hurrah!
Stars including Heidi Klum, Penélope Cruz, Catherine Zeta Jones and Jennifer Garner are already loyal followers who credit their killer bodies to this diet, so as long as you’re eating unprocessed foods and consuming less red meat and more veggies, we’re sure you’ll get that dream body in no time – with regular exercise, of course (yes, there’s always a catch!).
The celebrity fan base: Vikings in training
From Heidi to Jen, some of Hollywood’s biggest names credit their toned legs and flat stomachs to the Nordic Diet. If it’s good enough for them…
The Meal Plan
● Porridge ● Skimmed milk
● Berries ● 1 cup tea or coffee
● Boiled lentils
● Kale pesto made with sunflower seeds, garlic and organic cheese ● Wholemeal bread ● Potatoes
● Trout fishcakes with carrots, potatoes, egg, rye bread and organic milk ● Turnips ● Asparagus
● Yoghurt ● Berries ● Sunflower seeds
● Rye bread ● Peanut butter
● Carrot soup made with apple cider vinegar and onions ● Onions ● Yoghurt
● Chicken breast ● Sautéed onions ● Carrots ● Artichoke
● Oat pancakes made with organic semi-skimmed milk
● Smoothie with nuts, berries, organic yoghurt and kale or spinach – and as many veggies as you like.
● Bean patties made with fresh thyme, oatmeal, wholemeal flour, organic milk and eggs ● Beetroots
● Vegetable meatballs made with carrots, potatoes, zucchini, onion and fennel ● Split peas ● Parsley ● Sunflower seeds ● Romaine salad
Tried & Tested
THE NORDIC DIET
Tested by Ariel Robinson, Ahlan! Fashion & Beauty Intern
I’m always up for trying new things, especially in the food department, so when I found out about the Nordic diet I couldn’t wait to start. Some of the food was a little bit strange, such as the kale pesto and bean patties, but I realised I wouldn’t have to eat it each day and that it didn’t taste that bad. It’s definitely a long-term way of losing weight and could be a complete lifestyle swap if you’re keen on fish and root veggies.
Lost: 2kg in 3 days
OTHER DIETS TO TRY OUT THIS YEAR!
The Skinny Gut Diet
What is it? Eating food that boosts the level of healthy bacteria living inside our digestive systems, said to result in weight loss, a stronger immune system and fewer cravings.
Who’s trying it? Madonna and Reese Witherspoon are no strangers to this diet.
What can I eat? Fermented foods such as cultured pickles, kimchi, kombucha, yoghurt with live cultures and kefir.
The Bonus Years Diet
What is it? This diet is centred on a selection of ‘miracle’ foods that improve health and help us live up to 6.4 years longer, so they say! Created by US nutrition professor Dr Ralph Felder, it’s quickly picking up traction.
Who’s trying it? Hollywood royalty Julianne Moore and Susan Sarandon are both looking to this diet to add years to their lifespan.
What can I eat? Dark chocolate, nuts, garlic, fish, fruit and veg.
The Super Shred: The Big Result Diet
What is it? It’s a short-term plan aimed to kick-start a more long-term weight loss plan or help people to shape up for a special event.
Who’s trying it? Kevin Federline, Bobby Brown and Chastity Bono are all fans.
What can I eat? Fruit and vegetables, lean protein, wholefood cereals and smoothies.