Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Dieting is not deprivation (or how I learned to lose weight and eat brownies)

Way back last year I wrote about how I was trying a new diet book, The Hungry Girl by Lisa Lillien. And while the weight loss is still ongoing (I'm pleased as punch but not quiet at my target yet), I thought I'd share a little of Lisa's wonderful motivation and inspiration with you.

If you haven't tried it, Lisa's book basically teaches you to replace all the delicious stodgy foods that are very sadly perfect for weight gain with high volume and high fibre fillers. Sounds boring, right? I won't lie, it took me a few days to get into it. But after the first week I was FULL of energy, and had already lost a couple of pounds. That was a couple of months back now but the whole thing taught me a lot about food, and how to eat healthy without feeling like you're missing out.

One of Lisa's little tricks is to stick to 100 calorie snacks, and although she shares some fantastic recipes, there are some days when you just really need to stuff your face with a brownie. Thankfully a quick Google will turn up a whole host of yummy, low cal treats.

Take this recipe by the Londoner, it is just exquisite - and simpler to make than a bowl of cereal: all you do is preheat the oven to 200C and grease a small, square baking tray. Then it's just a matter of mixing all the ingredients in a blender and pouring them into the tray. Bake for 20 minutes then cut into nine pieces when cool.

The just sit back with a cuppa and enjoy your cheeky little treat without the dieter's guilt!

Ingredients: 180g low fat yoghurt; 60ml skimmed milk; 64g cocoa powder; 43g wholegrain rolled oats; 64g truvia (or another stevia-based sweetener); 1 egg; 1tsp baking powder; a pinch of salt

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