Who is Susan Boyle? This awesome woman opened her talent to the whole world on British TV’s Britain’s Got Talent in April 2009. She sang “I Dreamed a Dream” that won millions of people's hearts. If you have not heard Susan’s voice, you must listen to her songs! Over the past three years, Susan has become even more popular due to her weight loss story. She lost more than 2 stones! What is the secret of her weight loss? Why did she decide to get rid of extra pounds? Susan Boyle carefully concealed this information, but some investigation has revealed that there were 3 steps to her success. Let's look at these 3 steps!
#1. “I needed to stop eating sweets and cakes. It’s the bane of my life. I had to lose the weight for my health”, said Susan Boyle. As you can see, her first step was to cut out sweet snacks.
#2. This woman had to stick to a sugar-free diet for health reasons. The thing is, Susan was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2013. Doctors ordered her to lose weight for the sake of her health.
#3. Susan did not exercise at the gym. She preferred a daily 2-mile walk. Every day she walked to her local Tesco store and home again. She had a desire and motivation!
As we said before, Susan Boyle adhered to a sugar-free diet. This diet is recommended for patients with type 2 diabetes. However, people who want to live more healthily and lose extra pounds can stick to this diet too. By cutting out foods with added sugar and sticking to mostly unprocessed foods, as close to their natural state as possible, it is easy to use this type of diet to achieve the same weight loss success that Susan Boyle has obtained.
“People can put diabetes into remission or reverse its course if they lose weight … In my research, I’ve found that when people lose 7 percent of their body weight, their insulin sensitivity improves by 57 percent. That is better than taking two medications for diabetes at the maximum dose”, says Dr Osama Hamdy, M.D. PhD who works at Joslin Diabetes Centre, Boston, as Medical Director of their Obesity Clinical Program.
Dr Osama Hamdy found a good way to lose weight. People need to consume 600 calories per day less than their bodies need. This should result in an average weight loss of one pound per week. He provides meal plans based on 1200 calories per day for women, 1500 calories per day for men and women and 1800 calories per day for men.
Let's return to our protagonist Susan Boyle. Are you curious about Susan's diet plan? If your answer is “yes”, then scroll down to see her 1200 calorie/day diet plan!
- Apricot porridge with toasted seeds
- Almond, apricot and pumpkin seed granola
- Apple and Muesli smoothie
- Bran Flakes
- Chicken and tomato sandwich
- Ham sandwich
- Spaghetti with courgette, chilli tomato and bacon
- Tandoori Chicken Chapati
- Salmon, red onion and sweet pepper wrap
- Mixed Vegetable and Bean Curry
- Salmon Salad
- Chicken and Lentil Curry
- Lamb Tagine
- Cod with tomato sauce
Healthy snacks, suitable for those mid-morning or late afternoon ‘munchies’ adjust your portion size to about 150 calories (or less if you are having more than one snack per day).
- Hummus and Oatcake
- Wholemeal Fruit Bar
- Small handful of Almonds and dried Cranberries
- A whole Apple
- Greek Yogurt with Raisins
If you like Susan's results and you want to achieve your body goals, then follow our weight loss tips:
If you want to lose those extra pounds, you must reduce your sugar intake. We recommend you drink plenty of water. If you are not a water lover, you can make it more interesting, with a slice of lemon, lime or a few berries added to it. Drinking tea or coffee, you shouldn't add sugar!
If you need to snack between meals, we recommend you pay attention to healthy foods like nuts, raisins, plain popcorn and sugar-free crackers. Another great snack option is Greek Yogurt. You can make it more interesting with some chopped, fresh fruit, or some hummus with some sticks of carrot, celery and so on.
#3. Eating out
When you eat in a restaurant or cafe, you must be careful, because some dishes can contain a huge amount of sugar. So, you need to avoid marinated meats, gravies, glazes, dips and broths!
#4. Use alternative sweeteners
There are two natural sweeteners that we want to recommend you - Agave Nectar and Stevia. You should try to use these at home to sweeten drinks and in your home baking.
Susan Boyle is amazing woman who has made great success in losing weight and saved her health. Now she has not only a beautiful voice, but also a beautiful body. We hope that you are inspired by Susan Boyle’s weight loss story, and you will be able to achieve your body goals too. Start your first steps by following our tips. Good Luck!
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