March 15th, 2013

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people. Orson Wells

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

Good advice, but does anyone really want to eat dinner like a pauper? Cutting carbs at night might sound really hard, but actually it’s perhaps  the easiest and most effective of the Slim Rules because all that’s required is that you don’t eat any simple carbs (like rice, bread or pasta) at night. You can dine like a King (or a Queen) for dinner – but you can’t eat simple carbs!

An ideal evening meal would be a quality protein such as fish, chicken, steak, lentils or tofu served with vegetables or salad. Alas vegetables do contain carbohydrates, so it’s best to avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes and pumpkin because they turn into sugars faster than less starchy vegetables like broccoli and green beans.

If you’re following all the Slim Rules and having a big, healthy complex carb-based lunch, you’ll probably be in the mood for a lighter dinner anyway. This is the meal where you can lash out and have a high-quality meal you really like and look forward to – like a fresh grilled tuna steak, or a premium medallion of beef with roast carrots and green beans, or chicken breast in a light white wine sauce with broccoli and a side salad.

Cutting carbs at night isn’t about denial – it’s about treating yourself to delicious food at night rather then plain, everyday staples, such as bread. If you love bread more than anything else then make sure you indulge in it at lunch. As long as it’s wholegrain (not wholemeal, wholegrain) it’ll fall safely within the Slim Rules’ complex carbs-for-lunch guidelines.

Good news is that you can eat quite a lot of something light like a tuna salad, or a tofu and vegetable stir-fry for dinner – as long as you don’t have carbs with them. In my book it’s better to eat a whole plate of vegetable stir-fry than half a plate of stir-fry with rice.

Cutting carbs at dinner might take at little practice, but after a week or two your body will adjust and you won’t even miss that pasta dinner and you certainly wouldn’t dream of having bread with your meal when you go to a restaurant. You’ll be converted because you’ll feel better, you’ll sleep better and best of all you’ll wake up feeling and being slimmer. It’s like a dream come true. Such a simple rule – yet when it’s applied with understanding and commitment the results are incredible.


• Carbohydrates are best eaten earlier in the day when the body has ample time to fully digest them.

• Therefore, if you want to have mastery over your weight, avoid carbohydrates at night.

• Your evening meal should be a quality protein accompanied by non-starchy vegetables and/or salad.


Sit down and make a list of 10 evening meals you can cook right now that are a combination of protein and salad and/or non-starchy vegetables. Use this list over the coming week to ‘set’ your new habit.

• Experiment by eating some of your usual dinners without the carbohydrate component – you can always eat more of what’s left if you’re still hungry.

• Learn to love salads – buy a salad recipe book if necessary – eat as much of them as you like. As long as you always use a high-quality cold-pressed olive oil dressing rather than mayo you’ll be staying within ‘the Slim Rules’ and feeling great too.

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