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The Handful Diet

The Handful Diet

From 2017 to 2018, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Survey found that two-thirds of Australian adults were either overweight or obese. The food we’re eating, the unhealthy recipes we’re cooking with, and even the wine, beer, and other alcohol we’re consuming could all play a part.

If you feel like you’ve put on a few extra pounds, then you may be trying to find a way to get rid of them. Diet and exercise can be a recipe for success. For some, the diet revolving around handfuls of food has proven to be an ideal way to shed those extra pounds.

The handful diet, known as the Scandi Sense Diet, was formed by a Danish dietitian and biotech company CEO, Suzy Wengel. Rather than use complicated measuring and calorie counting methods, she used a “handful” approach, which allowed her to lose 88 pounds (39.9 kilograms) in just ten months.

What Does the Scandi Sense Diet Involve?

Suzy created the diet to incorporate four handfuls of food – one of protein, two of vegetables, and one of carbohydrates. It also included a spoonful of fat. The benefit of this diet for many people is that it removes the need to weigh portions, which can be both time-consuming and challenging.

Before creating the diet, Suzy weighed 220 pounds (99 kilograms). She now weighs just 132 pounds (59 kilograms). While it might not work for everyone, it allows people to control their diet in a way that doesn’t take extra time or effort.

A quick look online can show you exactly what a Scandi Sense Diet looks like. People are singing its praises all over social media, which shows unique meals formed with “handful” portions.

For example, breakfast can look like a handful of asparagus and green salad, a handful of eggs and cheese, and fat to fry the egg, along with roasted pine nuts.

Lunch could look like two handfuls of carrot, cucumber, pepper, mushroom, and tomato, a handful of pate, egg, and bacon, a handful of bread, and three cheeses as the fat component.

When dinner time arrives, onion, tomatoes, and cabbage forms two handfuls, beef forms one, and the fourth handful was saved in exchange for a glass of wine. The fat component was cream, olive oil, and cheese.

How Much Weight Can You Lose with The Scandi Sense Diet?

Suzy says there’s no “magic” behind her diet method but says it’s a balanced and healthy view on exercise and diet. She believes people could lose one to two pounds (0.45 – 0.9 kilograms) per week while using handfuls as measurement tools.

The calorie count is roughly 1,500 for women and 2,000 for men. You can also swap out handfuls for “treats” such as removing a meal component for a glass of wine. Before coming up with the diet, Suzy was yo-yo dieting and overeating. She would lose 40+ pounds (18 kilograms) before putting it back on again. She has now maintained a consistent weight for around six years.

If you want to lose weight or eat better, consult a dietitian. Refrain from starting any new diet without the go-ahead from a medical professional.