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Get a body like Catherine's - keep eating sandwiches

Jan 2 2006

Rin Simpson, Western Mail

 

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES has one of the most enviable bodies around today, alongside another Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie, according to a new survey.

This Morning host Fern Britton made a surprise appearance in the poll, as the person that women most wanted to swap lives with. But when it came to looks, the size 18 mother-of-four was no match for the Welsh actress.

And now it's easier than ever to get that red carpet figure - just eat a sandwich every three hours.

According to Israeli nutritionist Olga Raz, from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre, eating small, regular meals of high-fibre breads, pasta and beans along with plenty of vegetables, some protein and fruit is the best way to lose weight and stay healthy.

The Bread for Life diet recommends an intake of around 1,300 to 1,800 calories a day and, according to expert, fits in to the guidelines of many medically approved diets such as Weight Watchers.

However it does challenge the popular Atkins diet's central rule that carbohydrates should be avoided.

Ms Raz said, "We were brainwashed to believe that carbohydrates are the enemy, but starches and dietary fibres are our friends.

"They raise the seratonin level which makes us feel happy and satisfied, and makes us stop craving chocolate and sweets. They make us feel full."

Other experts have given the diet a conservative thumbs up. Dr Arthur Agatston, creator of the South Beach diet, said the Bread for Life diet could work if the right kind of bread was used.

He said, "Strategic snacking stabilises your blood sugar ad insulin levels. If Raz is talking about wholegrain bread, vegetables, fruit, and proteins, then I'm in agreement with her."

But no diet alone is going to turn you into Catherine Zeta- Jones.

Huw Jones, of the Village Hotel gym in Cardiff, said, "There's so many diets on the market now it's ridiculous.

"We know a lot of people that do the Atkins Diet here and it works very well for obese people but like a lot of diets it's a short term fix.

"They're not looking long term, which is about a healthy lifestyle with exercise. Exercise is vital. Once you get into exercise it's for life, not just a fad."

 

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