As the woman rumoured to have been called on to get the Duke of Sussex and Princess Eugenie glowing ahead of their respective weddings, Gabriela Peacock's health and beauty tips are not to be missed. As she publishes her debut book, Lily Worcester catches up with the top nutritionist to get the wellness lowdown
What's the best way to lose weight in a healthy way?
Intermittent fasting (IF) has decades of scientific research behind it to prove that it works and I have seen first-hand the profound changes it makes, both physically and mentally. This method is easy, sustainable and realistic for every lifestyle.
Aside from being extremely effective for weight loss, it has numerous other health benefits – for example better blood sugar control, greater energy levels, improved sleep, a reduction in the risk of chronic and age-related diseases and increase in lifespan.
This is the preferred method of many of my patients. I use two different kinds of IF, the 4.3 plan (three fasting days over the course of a week) and also the 16.8 plan (16 hours of fasting within a 24 hour day - this includes overnight) depending on how much weight they want to lose. Both are fantastic but you should choose which one based on your target weight loss.
The biggest mistake people make is fasting all the time – constant calorie restriction – rather than intermittent, which is: you fast, then you eat. If you constantly fast then your metabolism will slow down and your weight loss will slow down so it will stop being as effective.