EastEnders star Lorraine Stanley has wowed fans after dropping a noticeable amount of weight in only six weeks. The actress managed to shed almost a stone by completely overhauling her eating habits and is now reaping the rewards.
Lorraine revealed she cut down on three popular foods that she used to indulge in and before she knew it, the weight started to fall off.
She also upped her protein intake and limited the number of carbs she consumed, some of which are notorious for weight gain.
The star told Carol Vorderman on ITV’s Lorraine: “I’ve lost 12lbs in six weeks.
“My mate Louisa is my fitness guru, I’ve got her to thank for it. She talks about nutrition.”
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She went on to reveal she has now removed “carbs, crisps and chocolate” from her diet.
While carbs themselves are not to blame for weight gain, there is a selection of food items that don’t belong on the plate of someone wanting to lose a few pounds.
These include white bread and other refined flour products. Experts suggested choosing wholemeal options, which are “much better” for weight loss.
Registered dietician Anna Taylor, said: “White bread, crackers and pasta are starchy foods that are high in calories and carbs but low in fiber, protein and nutrients.”
Fellow dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick, added: “They’re total sugar with no redeeming value whatsoever.”
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They also have an appetite advantage, making it easier to cut calories because foods high in protein can reduce hunger.
Generally, an average male needs about 56-91 grams per day of protein, whereas the average female needs 46-75 grams.
The amount of protein a person needs to consume every day depends on their age, as growing older means a decrease in muscle mass.
The guidelines currently recommended eating 0.8 grams for every kilogram of body weight, whereas people over the age of 65 should consume around 1-1.2 grams per kilogram of body weight.
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