A landscape architect whose favourite foods are burgers and kebabs has revealed how she keeps her model-like figure, despite doing no set exercise.
Gaby Evans, 35, of south London, is 5ft 7in and weighs just over eight stone – making her technically underweight.
She was filmed around the clock for Channel 4’s The Secret Lives of Slim People in a bid to discover how she is able to stay slim no matter what she eats.
Weighing just over eight stone, Gaby from London in technically underweight but admits she loves to ‘stuff’ herself in the evenings
Gaby was filmed around the clock for The Secret Lives of Slim People in an effort to discover how she maintains her figure no matter what she ate
The landscape architect revealed: ‘In the evening I really stuff myself and maybe over indulge for the sake of it.’
She says her favourite food is a classic American burger with lots of sauce and chips or a dirty kebab.
Her lifestyle was examined in detail on last night’s episode of The Secret Lives of Slim People.
Gaby hasn’t always been slim – with her mum Dona calling her ‘a huge baby’, and that her brother used to call her ‘Flabs’.
The landscape architect works two days a week, and describes her favourite foods as a classic American burger with lots of sauce, or a dirty kebab
She wasn’t always slim: Gaby’s mum revealed she was nicknamed ‘Flabs’ as a baby because she was so big
In less than 24 hours, Gaby eats an egg or fish sandwich for breakfast, a sausage roll for lunch, and a snack of crisps for tea.
Gaby’s typical diet
Breakfast: Egg or fish sandwich
Lunch: Sausage roll
Snack: Cup of tea and salt and vinegar crisps or McDonald’s
Dinner: Husband’s homemade dinner, such as lamb stir fry with plenty of healthy greens
Exercise: 2 days a week working as a landscape architect
Gaby’s husband Roy often cooks for her so that dinner is on the table when she gets home from work.
When the couple head out for dinner, viewers were astonished to see Gaby devour a huge burger, coleslaw and fries for dinner – before ordering another.
When nutritionist Amanda Ursell searched the couple’s kitchen, she found the cupboards stacked full of soy sauce and oil.
After watching back the camera footage, Amanda discovered that Gaby had a hugely varied and healthy diet which may be helping her body stay slim.
Much of this was thanks to her husband Roy’s cooking, as he often made her breakfast and dinner with plenty of vegetables.
The programme revealed that Gaby’s slight figure was in part thanks to her husband’s cooking, as he provided her with a variety of meals for breakfast and dinner
The attentive husband provided a range of meals, with plenty of vegetables, which meant that Gaby’s diet was packed full of nutrients
Gaby is stunned to discover the stool sample she provided has come back with the maximum range of bacteria diversity that the programme’s scientist has ever seen
The secret to her weight came from a stool sample, which revealed that her gut was packed full of healthy bacteria.
Having studied Gaby’s stool sample, Professor Paul O’Toole tells the programme that she has the maximum range of bacterial diversity in her gut than any other person he’s studied living in Western Europe.
The scientist goes on to say how impressed he is by the range of food Gaby is eating.
Gaby was overjoyed at the revelation, saying: ‘I feel quite special actually’.
‘I feel quite special actually’: Gaby is overjoyed when it’s revealed she has a huge range of bacteria in her gut, which scientists believe may be helping her to maintain her slim figure
Presenter Sabrina Grant suggested: ‘You have Roy to thank for that – we all need a Roy!’
Viewers took to twitter to discuss the programme as it aired.
One wrote:’These people seem to have little stress in their lives; highly cared for their spouses.’
While another commented:’They might eat and not put on weight. But how much fat is on their organs inside.’
Viewers debated the programme on Twitter after it aired, with some sympathising with the struggle to gain weight. Another questioned how healthy the pair were on the inside, despite their slim figures
Working father stays slim thanks to his love for a routine
Car alarm engineer, Karl Marley, 37, lives in Essex with his pregnant wife and toddler daughter. He weighs around 9 st and, despite not doing any exercise, has never put on weight.
Karl spends most of his time in his car driving from client to client, and snacks throughout the morning.
Amanda explains he is inadvertently following a ‘chrono diet’ – and that eating at the same time every day may be the key to his weight.
It’s revealed to Karl on the program that his regimented routine may be the reason he maintains a slim figure (pictured with presenter Sabrina Grant)
Every day, he has sugary cereal with milk for breakfast. He snacks throughout the morning on crisps, fizzy drinks, chocolate, fruit and mini sausages.
For lunch, he has the same ham sandwich, and he likes to eat dinner early in the evening.
The fact he has his meals at almost the same time every day could be the reason he maintains his weight – by matching his meals to his body clock, his body is better able to predict when he’ll be having calories and produce the enzymes able to break down the food.
By the end of the programme, Karl says he’s keen to throw his routine out of the window and start putting on more weight.