Gabriela Peacock is the top nutritionist who’s transformed the health and waistlines of our highest-profile celebrities (she helped Prince Harry get trim for his wedding). Now she’s sharing her expertise with an easy eating plan that everyone can follow – in just 14 days!
Want to slim down, have more energy and protect your long-term health in just two weeks? Of course you do, but I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t know where to start.
There is so much information on weight loss and nutrition now – and I should know. I spent 15 years working as a model before studying nutrition at the University of Westminster and, since 2012, have helped thousands of clients change their bodies – and their lives – for the better. And while there are tons of guides on how to manage weight and be healthy, very few have a realistic approach for people with real lives.
However, what I know through years of experience is that you don’t have to make huge changes to reach your goals. We need to find ways to feel fantastic that are simple and achievable, which is why my approach is all about making improvements without feeling overwhelmed. All roads lead to feeling better than ever before – and I believe you can achieve that in as little as two weeks.
It’s worth remembering that losing weight isn’t just about being able to get into your skinny jeans, it’s about safeguarding your health. The reality is that being overweight or obese has serious long-term implications. Extra weight triggers inflammation, which severely impacts immunity and how the body is able to deal with pathogens such as viruses. Ignored, it can also lead to the development of chronic conditions.
Then there’s visceral fat, which is the kind stored around the midriff. Too much visceral fat puts stress on the abdomen’s vital organs, with the potential to create more serious health conditions.
Why we gain weight
When glucose (sugar) enters the bloodstream, the pancreas releases insulin, which carries it to the cells in our muscles and liver. Any glucose the body doesn’t need to use straight away will be turned into glycogen and put away for later in the liver and muscle cells. There is a limit to how much both can store, so excess will be transformed into triglycerides (a type of fat) then stored in adipose tissue, which has no limit. And so there it sits.
Simple carbohydrates or foods that are high in sugar can eventually tire out the pancreas, as it keeps having to produce insulin, which gives the body the false impression that it has plenty of energy and does not need to burn anything reserved in its fat cells – in fact, it can go ahead and store more. This adds further to weight gain.