Danish-born Suzy Wengel, a dietitian and CEO of a Biotech company, believes she has the answer to weight loss and healthy eating. In her book "The Scandi Sense Diet," she details a plan that is based on a principle that has been hailed as "the simplest diet in the world."
Under the diet, each meal should consist of four handfuls of food — a handful of protein, of carbohydrate, and two of vegetables — plus a spoonful of fat.
This means no kilojoule-counting or weighing of food portions — which can be difficult if you're on the go and impossible if you don't own a pair of kitchen scales.
39-year-old Wengel found inspiration for her book through her own personal experience. She told Business Insider that she lost 40kg in 10 months — and, crucially, has kept it off by deploying her handful strategy at mealtimes.
She wrote in the caption: "I repeatedly lost weight and put it back on again, gaining a little more weight each time. After seventeen years I finally stopped yo-yo dieting and #overeating.
"There is no magic behind my method and tools — just a healthy and balanced view on diet and exercise."
Following this diet, she estimates you can lose on average 400–800g per week, until your desired weight is met. The handful plan will roughly translate to 6,276 kilojoules a day for women and 8,400 for men.
If you're tempted by the diet and are looking for some recipe inspiration, Wengel told Business Insider that there are over 44,000 pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #sensekost that show what meals look like under 'The Scandi Sense Diet.'
Here are some of Wengel's snaps that could work for a full day of eating — spaghetti bolognese included — along with the handful content written in each of the captions.
Handful 1-2: asparagus, green salad
Handful 3: 2 eggs, an extra egg white and a half handful of white puck cheese 17%
Handful 4: saved in favour of a little more protein
Fat: Oil to fry egg and 30g of roasted pine nuts
Seasoning: salt, pepper, chili and garlic
Handful 1-2: carrot, cucumber, pepper, tomato, mushroom
Handful 3: pate, egg, a piece of bacon
Handful 4: bread
Fat: three different cheeses
All washed down with a pot of tea.
Handful 1-2: onions, chopped tomatoes from cans, cabbage
Handful 3: beef
Handful 4: saved in favour of a glass of wine
Fat: olive oil, cream, fat cheese
Seasoning: salt, broth, garlic, oregano, chili flakes
Wengel added that men and children should eat pasta with this meal.