Mimi Spencer: the Kickstart Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Mimi Spencer, co-author of number-one best-seller The Fast Diet, introduces a new way to inspire healthy living and weight loss: the Kickstart The Fast Diet programme at Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel in Mauritius.

Mimi Spencer

Mimi Spencer

It’s blissfully warm outside. Gentle waves lap upon the white sand. Excuse another cliche, but palm trees really do sway in the tropical breeze. Life at Constance Le Prince Maurice, as anyone who has visited will know, is pretty special – relaxed, cosseted, sophisticated. Heaven. It’s also a place dedicated to the senses, with its fabulous food, exceptional spa and staff who seem to know what you want before you even realise it. Smudged sunglasses? There’s someone on hand to polish them. A pillow menu, madam? A personalised pedicure? Not a problem.

Where better, then, to embark on a new and healthy lifestyle? The service and attention to detail you find in all the Constance resorts – dotted across the Indian Ocean like so many pearls – is precisely why Constance Le Prince Maurice works so brilliantly as a place to Kickstart the Fast Diet. As many of you will know, the Fast Diet and the 5:2 method have been the hot topic of 2013; the simple and enticing idea behind it all is that for two non-consecutive days each week, you slash calories to a quarter of your usual daily intake. For a woman, this means 500 calories over the course of a Fast Day; for a man, it’s 600. But for the other five days, there is no dieting, no fretting, no real concern for calories at all. Which makes it the ideal fit for the Prince Maurice, devoted as it is to good living.

Yoga on the beach

Yoga on the beach

But there’s so much more at the hotel to dovetail with the 5:2 approach. The Spa de Constance offers indulgent treatments, an ideal complement to a health and weight-loss regime. While I was in Mauritius to develop the Kickstart programme, I saw Dajee for shiatsu and reflexology – an excellent, grounding experience and a great boost on a Fast Day. The Sisley facial was another hit – cleansing, invigorating, rejuvenating – and all in the calm embrace of one of the world’s finest spas. There’s personal fitness instruction here too, and sunset yoga or stretching sessions with Isabelle Lamant, one of those teachers who somehow inspire you to stretch that little bit further, reach that inch more.

Guests who wish to follow the Fast Diet during their stay can try a low-calorie cooking lesson with chef Al Youhn (Constance Le Prince Maurice prides itself on its people power) and, of course, eat delicious Fast Diet dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Michael Scioli. We’ve worked on the menus together to offer plenty of low-calorie, nutritious Fast Day options – sashimi, salads, fish fresh from the lagoon – and healthy choices for days when you don’t want to fast, but you do want to eat well. Days, perhaps, when you might order the odd glass of champagne and take in that glorious view…

  • The Fast Diet by Mimi Spencer and Dr Michael Mosley, The Fast Diet Recipe Book by Mimi Spencer with Dr Sarah Schenker, and Fast Exercise by Dr Michael Mosley are all published by Short Books and available on Amazon.
  • Mimi’s new book, Fast Cook, comes out on March 6th 2014.
  • For more in-depth information about the Fast Diet, go to Michael and Mimi’s website, The Fast Diet
  • The Kickstart Fast Diet is available at the Constance Le Prince MauriceBook now.

 

Kickstart the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Improve your sense of wellbeing with the Kickstart Fast Diet programme at Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius.

Enjoy the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Enjoy the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Guests will discover carefully created calorie-counted menus, spa treatments and expert fitness advice as part of a program set up in partnership with the Fast Diet co-creator Mimi Spencer.

Delicious dishes

The chefs at our restaurants have worked hard to ensure that for guests following the diet, fast days are as pleasurable as non-fast days with a menu of delicious, freshly prepared calorie-counted dishes.

A Fast menu is available at our restaurants as well as for in-room dining. Highlights of the menu include dishes such as:

Breakfast

  • Poached eggs with smoked marlin (175 calories approx)
  • Pineapple with natural yogurt and honey (240 calories approx)

Lunch

  • Poach shrimp salad in an aromatic stock, crispy vegetables, fruits and palm hearts (147 calories)
  • Prince Maurice Niçoise salad with fresh Albacore tuna (366 calories)

Dinner

  • Poached red snapper quenelles Mediterranean vegetables, preserved lemon mezza luna (273 calories)
  • Grilled lobster (352 calories)
  • Tarragon scallops (113 calories)
Relax at the Laguna Bar, Constance Le Prince Maurice

Relax at the Laguna Bar

Mimi Recommends – for non-fast days

Mimi Spencer is eager to help guests achieve results even on non-fasting days. We have worked with Mimi to create a range of particularly healthy options across our restaurant, drinks and spa menus labelled ‘Mimi Recommends’.

Delicious healthy meals on non-fast days include:

  • A selection of sushi, sashimi, maki from our Asian restaurant
  • Creole Prince-style ‘bouillabaisse’ with lobster, scallops, shrimps, grouper, clams and baby squid
  • Madagascar faye faye crab with avocado, tomato, lemon and chilli
  • Palm heart from our hills with Mango, aragula and red chilli

Win a holiday to Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Mail on Sunday (UK) is offering readers the chance to win a 7 night luxury holiday for 2 to Constance Le Prince Maurice including flights with Air Mauritius, half board with a complimentary spa treatment and personal training session for each person.

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Kickstart the Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice has teamed up with the best selling author of the Fast Diet to offer guests the perfect way in to the hugely popular diet.

The Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

The Fast Diet at Constance Le Prince Maurice

What is the Kickstart Fast Diet?

Our chefs, personal trainers and spa therapists have worked with diet co-creator Mimi Spencer to come up with a Kickstart Fast Diet program at Le Prince Maurice, to help and inspire guests to enjoy the Fast Diet lifestyle.

The Kickstart Fast Diet will be available at Le Prince Maurice from November 2013.

The idea behind the Fast Diet is that people eat normally for five days of the week and fast for two. This makes it the perfect holiday diet for guests who also want to enjoy the sumptuous flavours, signature cocktails and fine wines Le Prince Maurice has to offer.

Fast Diet on the menu

For fast days our chefs have created delicious, fresh dishes including local seafood and locally grown fruits and vegetables with a careful calorie-count listed on the menu.

Fitness and spa at Le Prince Maurice

One-to-one tailored sessions with a personal trainer are also available for guests who are inspired to try the Fast Diet, or those already following it.

Spa treatments to complement the work of the diet will also be available at the Spa de Constance and Sisley Spa such as digestive massages, lymphatic drainage and detoxifying wraps.

Mimi Recommends

Mimi Spencer is determined to help guests get the most from the diet during their stay at Le Prince Maurice and has tagged a range of dishes and spa treatments with ‘Mimi Recommends’ to highlight their effectiveness as part of the Kickstart Fast Diet program.

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