According to one of my gym instructors the perfect body is 70% food and only 30% exercise - I know that you should eat three healthy meals a day and everything in moderation but that doesn't work with me because I love to gorge, booze and eat naughty things - sometimes many times throughout the day!
However it does get to the point sometimes (more often than I would like) when I have overdone it and need to shed a few pounds/kilos/stones. I am uncertain whether I should recommend this diet and it should probably come with a health warning as you are able to lose a lot of weight very quickly!
Pascal did a full week and lost 14 pounds in 7 days, one of my bff's has done it this week and lost 7 pounds in three days and I did a few days once and lost 5 pounds in 3 days. Crash dieting at it's best!!!
It is obviously not a long term answer and you are more than likely to gain some of the weight back but it is the perfect solution if you want to lose weight fast - I like to do it if I have a special event or holiday coming up and I want to look as thin as possible or if I am trying to shrink my appetite.
The best thing is it is not particularly difficult...as far as diets go...and I have done quite a few in my time - the south beach diet, the juice diet, the Dukan, Atkins, starvation, .....the list is endless. My best friend and I have been talking about our weight everyday for 20 years and we still aren't bored of the subject (although our other halves definitely are)! In fact writing this is actually making me hungry and want to eat kettle chips but NO!
Anyway James Duncan's diet was designed to help people crash lose a stone for operations in a week:
|1||1 slice dry toast|
with 1 grilled tomato OR tinned tomatoes
|Fresh fruit - any amount||2 hard boiled eggs|
Salad & grapefruit
1 boiled egg
|Grilled chicken with tomatoes|
1 boiled egg
|Fresh fruit - any amount||2 grilled lamb chops|
Salad & grapefruit
|4||1 slice dry toast||Fresh fruit - any amount||2 hard boiled eggs|
Salad & grapefruit
|5||1 slice dry toast||Fresh fruit - any amount||Fresh fish|
|6||1 glass grapefruit juice||Fresh fruit - any amount||Grilled chicken|
Carrots & grapefruit
Grilled or tinned tomatoes
|2 poached eggs|
- No alcoholic drinks.
- Permitted drinks: Black coffee, tea, lemon/grapefruit juice without sugar.
- No milk, butter or fats.
- NO EATING BETWEEN MEALS.
- Abstain from all not included in diet. Eat what is shown or go without.
- ONLY DIET FOR ONE WEEK IN THREE - TWO WEEKS OFF.
- No substitutes allowed. The basis of the diet is chemical, not the quantities.
- Lunch and dinner may be swapped but only on the same day.
- GUARANTEED TO LOSE ONE STONE IN ONE WEEK.
- No salt as it makes you retain water, pepper is ok.
- The grapefruit sourness is a lot more bearable with pink grapefruit. Also, if you have a sweet tooth normally, bear in mind that grapefruit sweetens a lot in the last stages of ripening.
- I am used to eating like a pig, and thus had a lot of “empty stomach - must fill” type feelings. Drinking lots of water filled me up temporarily.
- If you are desperate for flavour on some of the blander dishes, add a little lemon juice. On the list of allowed drinks and can pep up things nicely.
Here are some pictures of my meals from the diet:
I have to say it starts off well with a breakfast of toast and tomatoes which is actually quite tasty & the diet is good in that you are eating proper meals each day which you need to cook & prepare (albeit they are a bit bland). I really went to town on the fresh fruit and had mango, melon, apple, cherries, grapes and berries. I was not so keen on the grapefruit but you get used to it and it is better than a slim fast shake!! You cannot cheat as it will ruin it - the whole diet is chemical as it says so you need to stick to it exactly.
Of course it is not a walk in the park but it is not impossible and you do get results fast. I sometimes just do the first two days as a little detox but in all honesty sticking to a diet for just 7 days isn't too horrendous. I didn't exercise like normal when doing this as I did not have the energy!!
Let me know how you get on if you do this - as I mentioned I love to chat weight - that and food are really my favourite topics of conversation & I can wax lyrical for hours!!
Right now - where are those kettle chips?!!!
NB. Since I posted this nearly six months ago I have had many questions regarding making changes to the diet and substitutions…..the answer is no! If you don't eat fish or lamb chops or something, the diet rules that you should leave the item out. However if you want to make a substitution, you obviously can (it is your choice after all) but the diet won't be as effective (you may not lose the full 14lbs). You are also not allowed fizzy drinks or sweeteners even if they are calorie free. If you are vegetarian, I would replace the meat for high protein items like quorn or eggs, I unfortunately don't know the average weight loss with this as I am not a vegetarian. I hope that helps!!!