My Diets

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2 Weeks in the SUPER FAST Lane focuses on my exciting seesaw strategy where carbs are not the enemy and are included every 4th day, butter and chocolate are on the ‘recommended’ list and there is no calorie counting or laborious weighing and measuring. This diet involves 2-3 good, filling meals per day with a gap of 5 hours between and no snacks – but you won’t need them! Dieters report up to 12lbs lost in 2 weeks! Click here for more info, prices and where to get your copy.

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free-download-button2 Weeks in the FAST Lane focusses on my very popular and successful ‘little and often’ eating plan (recently featured on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show) which particularly suits dieters who struggle with a growling stomach, invasive sugar cravings, have minimal time to plan ahead and whose timetables are a bit erratic! Dieters report up to 10lbs lost in 2 weeks! Click here for more info, prices and where to get your copy.
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If you like soup, you’ll love my Soup Can Make You Thin diet! It’s almost impossible to get as much nourishment into a small space as you can in a bowl of soup and studies show that regular soup eaters consume less calories per day (but feel fuller) than those who shy away from a bowl of delicious soup in addition to or in place of a ‘solid’ meal. This is in no way a soup-only diet – there are plenty of other meals and snacks involved but soup is the main player. Dieters report up to 10lbs lost in 10 days! Click here for more info, prices and where to get your copy.
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89 thoughts on “My Diets

  1. Hi Louise. Sorry not to have gotten back to you sooner. Hope the diet is still going well. The only mistake you might be making is in being a bit repetitive in your choices. Vary your daily snacks as much as possible (there are plenty of other suggestions in the book so your oatcake choice doesn’t have to be your only snack of choice!) Also, half an avocado every other day would be my suggestion rather than one a day AND make your own soup whenever you can. Whilst there are lots of good shop-bought soups, once you start making your own and refrigerating and/or freezing them in convenient portions, you will never look back – I promise!

  2. Hello!
    I am looking to lose as much weight as possible in two weeks before my vacation. I am 23 years old and currently 148 lbs and 5’6. My goal weight is 125-130 (Pre-baby weight- just finished breastfeeding). I am working out for 30 minutes first thing in the morning.
    Which one of your diets should i follow to lose the most weight? And how much weight do you think i would be able to lose?

  3. I’m just nearing the end of my second week on Two Weeks in the Fast Lane. I must admit that the first week was a bit of a shock to my system but i’m happy to report that my second week has felt much easier, in that I’ve not felt anywhere near as hungry as I did the first week. I lost 4lb the first week but then had a day off the plan which has hindered my results as I went a bit crazy and it looks like I have only lost 1.5lb this week (final weigh in tomorrow). Not lost as much as I would have hoped but I’m still pleased with the results and am going to continue. I feel though that I might be making some small mistakes in that I am eating an avodaco every day – is this not a good idea? I am also loving the oatcakes and eating 2 or 3 as an afternoon snack with a suitable topping and then sometimes having the same again at bedtime – too many oatcakes in a day perhaps. I have also not made any of my own soups (all shop bought). Do you think I would have better weight loss if I made my own soups? All in all, i’m very happy with the plan and feel that it is sustainable and is re-educating me which is what I needed.

  4. Hi Shez. I am a fan of FODMAP diets for bowel disorders and often refer to them in my books/diets. I am not quite sure why, if you are following a FODMAP diet (which let’s face it, is not an easy shout!) you would want to confuse the issue by trying to follow another diet alongside? My advice would be to stick as closely as you can to the guidelines you are currently following and when/if you begin to feel a great deal better and/or have managed to rid yourself of some of the digestion problems that are very much involved in IBD, get back to me and perhaps I can suggest some other strategies. Hope this helps.

  5. I have IBD (UC)so a result of which means i am on a low FODMAP diet which steers me away from brown rice etc and towards white rice..are any of your diets compatible?

  6. Fiona

    Thank you kindly for your reply. I will mostly likely download the fitness one tomorrow, as I wish to get back to the gym and regain my fitness. It can be very debilitating at times. Mostly when excerciseing, so I’m trying to find a balance, what are the triggers and foods to balance it and those that can give me the energy to do the works with having symptoms. Also will look at the other book you mentioned as my job pretty stressful.
    Once again thank you for your help.

    Kind regards

    Ian

  7. Hi Ian. None of the books directly deal with reactive hypoglycaemia but all focus on achieving and maintaining optimal blood sugar levels throughout the day and night. My advice would be to download whichever book is best suited to you (perhaps Single Men and Women or Stressed Executives – they are free to download today and tomorrow through http://www.makeyourdietworkforyou.com), have a read through before checking the basic principles of the diets with your GP or health practitioner (which he or she will likely approve of) and have a go! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries – happy to help.

  8. Hi Fiona

    Does any of the boos touch on reactive hypoglycaemia. I have been digonsed as struggling to do the gym etc and lost muscle due to being fatigue and gained fat around the midsection?

    Can you help on the subject

    Kind regards
    Ian

  9. In 2 Weeks in the Super Fast Lane I recommend both full fat yoghurt and % fat yoghurt. All suggested meals have been carefully tailored to ensure the regular consumption of healthy fats but certainly not an overdose – everything is carefully balanced.

  10. Hi Fiona,
    Thanks for replying. The other thing is that now it seems to recommend full fat natural greek yogurt rather than low fat, the same with cheese. What do you think as you mention 0% fat greek yogurt in your book!
    Thanks
    Jo

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  11. Hi Joanne. Dairy is not frowned upon in the 2 Weeks in the Fast Lane. The over-riding message in both fast lane diets is ‘less is definitely more on the saturated fats front – which includes dairy foods’ so both include yoghurts and certain cheeses. However, by the time I was writing 2 Weeks in the Super Fast Lane, the research which had previously been encouraging but inconclusive, had moved on at a pace and I was able to confidently include a little butter and cream in the diet. Additionally, as this diet focuses on two to three good meals a day with no snacks, which suits some people better than the five to six smaller meals and snacks route, it is important that each of these two to three meals are filling and satisfying and a little, top quality saturated fat achieves this. I hope this clarifies. The fascinating thing about nutritional science is that it continues to merit increased research which is why each new diet I devise or weight loss book I write offers slightly different approaches to allow readers to ascertain which diet will best suit them and their lifestyle.

  12. Hi,
    I don’t understand, in my two weeks in the fast lane , dairy is frowned upon but now butter and cream seem fine?

  13. A bedtime snack is geared towards keeping blood sugar levels balanced through the night so you don’t wake up and can’t get back to sleep. I don’t recommend fruit later in the day as it can prompt insulin spikes. Here are the suggestions:
    A couple of mini oatcakes with nut or seed butter and a couple of slices of cold turkey breast
    A mug of Green & Black’s hot chocolate made with soya milk
    A small tub of natural cottage cheese with a handful of mixed seeds
    One egg lightly scrambled on an oatcake or rye cracker
    A small carton of natural live yoghurt with a swirl of honey
    A small plate of porridge made with water and topped with a spoonful of Manuka honey

  14. Hi Rina. Feta and Swiss cheeses offer good levels of protein and calcium and respectable but not hefty levels of health-enhancing milk fats. Aim for 30g per day (around the size of a matchbox).

  15. in the book it’s saying feta cheese is ok to eat but the feta I have is 22% mf is it ok? And how much of it in grams is ok?
    And how many grams is ok for swish cheese?
    Thanks :)

  16. Not a major problem, however, regular gum chewing means you take in excess ‘air’ which can cause bloating plus the act of chewing on any food gets the digestive juices going so can actually stimulate appetite rather than blunt it! These are not issues for everyone but best you are aware!

  17. I couldn’t drink black coffee till I became lactose intolerant then I drank it black with sugar. Since I found the Azera range I can drink it without sugar as it’s very soft if that makes sense so on this diet I can manage black coffee even first thing in the morning.

  18. Hi Carol. Double cream every time but yes, just a splash (and no sugar)! It is rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has been shown to encourage fat loss and muscle gain – once milk is skimmed or semi skimmed it loses most or all of the CLA. And… the fat helps fill you up for longer which is always a bonus when you are trying to lose weight. Hope this is helpful.

    Read more: 10 Fantastic Fatty Foods http://tomnikkola.com/10-fantastic-fatty-foods/

  19. I cant face black coffee which is preferable. a splash of cream or splash of skim milk?

  20. Hi Janice. My first piece of advice would be to concentrate on all the other drink recommendations in the diet and perhaps experiment with a few fruit and herb teas (which don’t work with milk) to see if you can find a favourite. Failing that, a little skimmed or semi skimmed milk in your tea or coffee two or max three times a day is not going to cause any major disruption to the diet!

  21. By reading these posts I have now answered my own question. However I still absolutely hate tea or coffee without a splash of milk. Is it an absolute “no no” or is there a way I could compensate by cutting back on something else? Your advice would be much appreciated.
    Jan

  22. Hi Roberta. If you really can’t face fruit prior to your mid morning snack and don’t relish cold food, have a bowl of porridge with a drizzle of honey, topped with a handful of toasted almonds or scrambled/poached eggs on dark brown toast with a little butter – OR – it’s not everybody’s ‘cup of tea’ but I am a big fan of a bowl of soup early doors, particularly when the weather is cold – try it, really fills you up and all my soups are very nourishing!

  23. Hi Fiona, I’m really struggling with the fruit in the morning. I really don’t like cold stuff. Any substitute you may be able to suggest? many thanks

  24. Hello,
    I recently purchased this ebook. I am very excited to get going and over the last 2 days I have been making changes as I go (I am still reading it)
    I am confused though I live in the USA and don’t know what an oatcake is….Is it like a tea biscuit/pita/wrap…?
    Thanks :)

  25. If it’s all going well, continue for as long as you wish – it’s a good nutritious way of eating and YES – include the starchy carbohydrate suggestions after class to top up your glycogen levels – an Insanity class sounds like a load of strenuous exercise to me!

  26. Another pound off this week. I think its the afternoon snack that has made a difference to me. Is it OK to just keep going? Planning to include some carbs now in the evening, especially after an Insanity class as I’ve been a bit tired on the days following a really hard work-out.

  27. Hi Lee-anne. I have emailed you direct – training for an endurance sport requires a little concentration and certain additions to individual diets but we can work a plan I’m sure!

  28. Hi Fiona
    7lbs off in my first week, very easy to do and not hungry at all, roll on week 2 :-)

  29. Hi Fiona,

    I have bought both the 2 Weeks in the Fast lane and the Super fast books and I am impressed with both. I have a made a few small changes but because I am training for a half marathon I am not sure how to proceed.

    So far I have replaced my morning coffees with water, ginger and lemon and am only eating fruit until lunch. What would you recommended for runners?

    Many thanks

  30. Hi Sam. You can swap meals and snacks around dependent on your tastes and your timetable but try to keep it varied and not too repetitive so ‘diet boredom’ doesn’t set in!

  31. Can you change the meals and snacks around over the 7 day plan or do you have to stick to the set meal
    Plan

  32. Hi Lisa. There are vegetarian recipes and alternatives in all my diets but I would not describe any of them as being the best diets for vegetarians – there are many, many other writers who have spent a lot more time than me on vegetarian nutrition so I would recommend you follow one of them. I am an advocate of the important role animal protein plays in our diet so I am probably not the nutritionist for you on this occasion. Sorry!

  33. Hello Fiona, I also heard you talking on Radio 2 yesterday and really likes the sound of the ‘2 weeks in the fast lane’ plan, it sounds very similar to what I try and do anyway but with probably more food, which is great. I just wondered before I buy the book if it is suitable for vegetarians? I also try and avoid most animal products so tend to get protein from nuts, seeds, quinoa, quorn etc I also have some almond ‘milk’ (unsweetend) in smoothies or tea. Would this book be the best one for me to try? Thank you very much for your help.

  34. Hi Gary. I think all my invaluable tips and tricks to keep you nourished, keep hunger at bay, quash sugar cravings and make fat loss faster on my ‘2 Weeks in the Fast Lane’ diet are included in the book but one piece of advice that many dieters seem to like to ignore rather too often is ‘put the bathroom scales in a very, very dark cupboard and only bring them out once a week!’ What you want to lose is FAT, not WEIGHT! Looking in the mirror and liking what you see – a leaner, meaner frame over the days and weeks – is a great deal more satisfying than watching a little needle waver from left to right! Good luck, keep me posted on progress.

  35. Heard on Chris’s R2 show this morning. I go hol in 3wks & could do with trim beforehand. Going to give 2 Weeks in the Fast Lane a go. Any added tips?

  36. Hi Ash. No probs – the ‘2 Weeks in the Fast Lane’ diet which I was recommending to Chris Evans has plenty of options that don’t involve fish/shellfish. So sorry you can’t eat them – that would be a ‘killer’ for me!

  37. Hi i heard you on Rad 2 this morning and was wondering will the diet be ok for people with fish / seafood allergies?

  38. The first few days of my diets generally see a loss of retained water in the body, hence the pleasing results – keep it up! Homemade soups are always best as you know exactly what’s going into them. Packet soups are invariably packed with a bit too much sugar and salt not to mention all sorts of ingredients you can’t even pronounce! Okay for the odd occasion when time is really tight but best to try and make a couple of batches when you get a spare hour (!!) and refrigerate/freeze in portions then you are ‘good to go’. Keep me posted…

  39. How is it possible that after only day 1 (and after having a diet ice cream at midnight) I woke up with a flatter belly, feeling lighter, with tighter skin and deflated feet? Is it hte antioxidants? I am honestly surprised! Question: are slim-a-soups ok for the office or should I make a bowl of home made stuff to take with? I am holding back my enthousiasm as I think this plan might actually be something I can incorporate into my 12-hour working schedule +twins…..(without starving my man to death)….

  40. Hi Sarah. I am delighted you are enjoying the diet, keep me posted on progress and thanks for your very enthusiastic and encouraging comments!

  41. I have been following this diet properly since returning from holiday last week, and I am actually really enjoying it!! I really loved the pepper and sweet potato soup, and the spinach and watercress soup – really easy and threw all the ingredients into a soup maker and they taste delicious. I have found it easy to stick to the fruit only before noon. Have cut out milk. The foods are so healthy, but tasty. I am not craving for food or hungry at all. Hoping to see results very soon. Thank you for this Fiona.

  42. Yes, mix the snacks around as per the recommendations to keep it interesting and I usually work on 1 cup (190g) of uncooked grains.

  43. Thanks Fiona, also do you think its best to mix up the snacks a bit? I have been having nuts for my morning snack each day this week but wondering if I should have a swap around? Also, can you confirm that when you say ‘1 cup’ of brown rice that that is approx 200g uk measurements ( cooked weight ) Thanks a lot!

    Kate

  44. Hi Jana. Glad it is all going well and you are enjoying the diet (most important!) It is absolutely fine to swap vegetable protein products such as Quorn for meat in all my dishes – let me know how they go…

  45. Hi Fiona,
    Just starting to get into the ‘Super fast’ diet. Can I swap meat based proteins for Quorn? I’m not veggie but do try to have a veggie day once or twice a week. I know you use Tofu but my other half won’t touch it and I don’t fancy cooking two completely different meals.
    On the whole, loving the diet keeps me full and is quite easy to fit into my working day.
    Thanks.

  46. Hi Kate. Looks good but perhaps lose the cheese tonight as you had cheese with lunch and make sure the salad rather than the potato wedges dominate. Hope this helps…

  47. Hi Fiona, I have purchased the 2 weeks in the fast lane plan and I just wonder if you could check out my plan for the day to make sure I have the hang of this? Morning ( up until 11.30am, I had a homemade smoothie, and a packet of fresh fruit, 2 glasses of water and 1 coffee with a dash of skimmed milk. Snack- a 50g packet of unsalted cashew nuts, Lunch- homemade pea lettuce and mint soup and a salad which included turkey ham and mozzarella. And tonight I plan to have a chicken breast wrapped in bacon with a bit of cheese, large salad and some sweet potato wedges ( I will be doing exercise in the evening ) Does this sound ok? I will have the other mid afternoon snack if I need to.. Thanks in advance! Kate

  48. Hi I was wondering why you don’t allow milk in tea? I usually only add a small splash of skimmed milk.
    Thanks.

  49. Hi Sarah. The only exceptions to the ‘no snacking’ rule is fruit (on its own) no less than one hour before or three hours after a meal and your daily chocolate ‘fix’, should you need it (see the section in the book on chocolate for recommendations). Nut and seed butters are spreadables that are made from grinding nuts and seeds to a paste and come in a range of different varieties (almond, peanut, cashew, hazelnut, pumpkin etc). You will find a selection in the ‘speciality’ section of most big supermarkets. Hope this helps. Fiona

  50. Hi, I have just bought the book and read it over the last couple of days. Plan to start tomorrow. Can we snack on walnuts and almonds? If yes how many? Also, what are nut butters? Thank you.

  51. Hi Emma. Only fruit for breakfast is fine as long as you feel it will keep you sufficiently nourished for 5 hours until your next meal – experiment and see how it goes, you don’t want to struggle with an energy dip mid morning!

  52. Hi,
    Quick question about fruit, I know I can’t mix it and I can have as a snack but
    Can I have fruit for breakfast while on the super fast lane ?
    Looking forward to giving this a go
    Many thanks

  53. Hi Kerry. You certainly can – check the suggestions under the section ‘IF YOU HAVEN’T PLANNED AHEAD AND HAVE TO BE OUT AND ABOUT’ for lots of alternatives when cooking time is short.

  54. Hi Fiona,

    Just bought your book and about to start tomorrow. On non starch days, can I just have a piece of chicken warm with veg? Simple things like that? As well as your recipes?

    Thanks
    Kerry

  55. Hi Lauren. Re chocolate, follow the recommendation from the book ‘Have a mini bar or around 10 squares from a bigger bar. Some find it easier to buy mini bars as putting the rest of a big bar back in the fridge for tomorrow requires a bit of discipline and doesn’t always happen!’ and re alcohol, best avoided for the duration of the diet – generally a bit sugar-rich and prompts a bout of ‘the munchies’ which you want to avoid at all costs!

  56. Just read 2 weeks in the super fast lane and looking forward to starting. Just want to check portion size of chocolate, is it best to stick to 1 square and also should alcohol be completely avoided?
    Thank you!

  57. Hi Katherine. You should have vegetables and/or a salad with every meal (or at least 2) – see under the heading ‘Vegetables on the Side’ in the ‘Recipes (every day)’ section of the book. Plus, with regard to your type 1 diabetes condition, unless you have agreement from your health practitioner that fruit is ok eaten on its own, I would recommend you have a handful of fresh nuts and/or seeds alongside to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Hope this helps.

  58. Hi

    I have been reading two weeks in the super fast lane and am really keen to try it I just have a couple of things to check out.
    I have the fruit part all sorted but can I have veg with my meals (mince and mash for example)?
    Also I have type one diabetes and wonder if there is anything different I should do or eat because of that?

    Thanks

  59. Hi Shelley. That’s fine – include the starchy carbohydrates with your evening meal. Some days you may need them, others not, just go with how hungry you are after your work out.

  60. I am looking to start your diet but I will go to the gym between afternoon snack and evening meal. Do I include the carbohydrates in evening meal or is that only if u exercise after evening meal?

  61. Hi Fiona, Just read about the diet as I want to shed off few pounds for my birthday! Will let you know about my progress after my first week! My first day today!

  62. Fiona, well into the the 2 week in the fast diet, almost done 1 week and seeing a major change. I live in Manila and was wondering, I cannot drink black coffee but have been getting major headaches as I do enjoy a couple of coffees…I have it with the slightest splash of milk and coconut sugar, what are your views on coconut sugar? Perhaps too your views on coconut water, fresh from the coconut. Thanks a million!

  63. Hi Lynne. You can download Kindle for Windows or Kindle for Mac to your computer for free and read the eBook on that. Hope this helps.

  64. How do you get 2 weeks in the super fast lane if you don’t have a Kindle please?

  65. Aw thanks! All my own work (well almost). It’s a WordPress template but gradually I am getting the hang of the technical stuff through trial and error. Writing books is definitely easier!

  66. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come
    here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
    Superb work!

  67. When you have a craving for sweet stuff, it means your body is sending a signal to your brain that you need more sugar. That signal is often triggered by a deficiency of the mineral, chromium which helps balance blood sugar levels. Many people find it really helps to take a supplement daily. Biocare do an excellent product called SucroGuard which also has good levels of the B vitamins and magnesium which promote improved blood sugar management. It is available through their website, http://www.biocare.co.uk and also through Amazon. If you decide to give it a try, follow the dosage instructions daily. Another option is to have a spoonful of honey when cravings invade – it is really sweet so a little goes a long ways, unlike chocolate! Hope this helps…

  68. I’ve yo yo dieted for 20 years & I am fed up of it! For the past 3 days I’ve stuck rigidly to “The Fast Track” diet. It was working great & I was convinced I had actually found something that I could incorporate into my daily life. By grazing – eating fruit, soup, protein & snacks throughout the day I managed to stay level & didn’t crave sugar in the afternoon.
    Tonight I tried one chocolate. Then a total roller coaster ride … at least 30 chocolates.
    I am like a person on drugs – I cannot be trusted to have even one. I wouldn’t normally have them in the house but they are gifts for Christmas .. but ended up in my mouth.
    Can I get past this massive blip?

  69. Thank you so much for the reply! Looking forward to starting this way of eating – its going to be a breath of fresh air!

  70. Hi Ruth. You don’t need to be too precise – a generous handful (max 2 if you are fairly peckish) of nuts or a nut/seed mix is a good guide. Good luck!

  71. Hi – Id like to know how many nuts for a snack? You say a small bag, but I just want to check as have just bought your book and want to give it a go!

  72. I’m very interested in learning how to lose all my extra baby weight I have tried everything and no luck I to love soup and what better way to do eat having something I love looking fowerd to learn more thank you

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