Her name is Annette Sym, and over 60 years old she is considered the Australian queen of diets: bestselling author and nutritionist, Annette with her books has put Australia on a diet, teaching an important lesson: you can eat anything, not we need to deprive ourselves of what we love, the important thing is to know how to master the art of moderation . Dosed carbohydrates and space for fruit and vegetables, balanced meals with three snacks for those suffering from nervous hunger but must stay on a diet.
All this led to the “grandmother’s diet” , a balanced and low-calorie weight loss regime, in which some deviation from the rule is allowed, but combined with many foods of natural origin to lose at least half a kilo a week and two-three in a month.
The plan is 1250/1300 calories per day , and is designed for those who cannot give up some small delicacies, but keeping an eye on the calories and eating smaller but balanced meals. Definitely, it is a diet for gluttons, which however invites moderation and common sense at the table. Here is an example of a weekly plan, with some adaptations in the snacks to make it usable in Italian.
ANNETTE SYM’S GRANDMA’S DIET: LOSE WEIGHT WITH COMMON SENSE
Rules: at least 30/40 minutes of physical activity 5 times a week, drinks allowed, coffee, tea and herbal teas without sugar in addition to water. Drink between meals.
Breakfast: 35 gr of muesli, 100 ml of skim milk, 150 gr of fruit apart from banana and persimmon.
Lunch: 4 slices of grilled aubergine (or 4 mushroom caps) and stuffed with 30 g of turkey or Aia-type chicken breast or bresaola, a slice of low-fat cheese (20 g), a teaspoon of pesto. Mixed salad with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, without oil. 150 grams of fruit (see breakfast)
Snack : a cremino ice cream or 100 grams of skimmed Greek yogurt with 5-6 grams of chopped dark chocolate and sweetener to taste.
Dinner:courgette omelette with 150 grams of boiled or sautéed courgettes without added fat, fresh mint or parsley, one egg and two egg whites, a teaspoon of grated parmesan. Mixed green salad with a teaspoon of oil and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
Snack: 150 gr of fruit
Breakfast, snack and snacks as per day 1.
Lunch: 2 slices of rye bread or a packet of wholemeal crackers with 2 hard-boiled eggs, lettuce salad with apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of level oil.
Dinner: 120 grams of lean veal cut into strips and stir-fried with a little soy sauce, spices to taste, bamboo shoots or Chinese cabbage into strips (150 g), a teaspoon of oil, mushrooms to taste. As an alternative to meat: 120 grams of tofu. In addition: 200 grams of boiled potatoes or sweet potatoes, cooked weight.
Breakfast: a slice of toasted rye bread with a spoon (50g) of Greek yogurt and a teaspoon of honey, plus 150g of fruit. Alternatively, two wasa slices or two wholemeal biscuits.
Snack: 25 g of almonds
Lunch: a pack of skimmed cottage cheese (200 g), courgettes or peppers (200 g) sautéed with a teaspoon of oil, mixed green salad with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (without oil ).
Snack: a cereal bar from Kellog’s
Dinner: 120 grams of chicken stir-fried with a teaspoon of oil and green leafy vegetables to taste with 100 grams of weighed cooked basmati rice. As an alternative to chicken: same amount of white fish or squid.
Snack: 150 gr of fruit.