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.
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
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 Maurice: Book now.