Food – I love it. I’m one of those people who’s thinking about what I’ll cook for dinner from the moment I wake up in the morning. From gorgeous middle-eastern stews to pan-fried foie gras to big muddy British dishes based on steak and stout… I don’t actually think there’s anything I don’t get excited about – save for the sort of fat-free, carb-less under-seasoned culinary atrocity you’ll see sad-looking people in offices forcing down at lunchtime in the name of weight loss.
Which is why going on a diet was such a huge decision for me. This is not a weight-loss blog so I won’t waste time on why I chose calorie counting over other plans – the important thing is that I did have the vague notion that surely, with a bit of culinary conjuring, it might be possible to find a way to carry on pretty much as usual. And this I’ve done – by pulling apart my favourite recipes and working out how to bring down their calorific value without spoiling them, I continue to eat the food I love.
I make no great claims for these recipes save that they work, are delicious, and have worked for my calorie controlled diet, so might help you too
The Calorie Cheating Cook lives in the UK with his wife and children and works in the media