Thursday, 3 October 2013

THE HOW TO LOSE A STONE IN ONE WEEK DIET

Like the exercise tab, the diet one has remained empty for a few months now, despite the fact that I am constantly thinking about weight and how to lose it....the problem is I never really do anything about it other than exercise like a mad woman. I just love my food too much.

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:

DayBreakfastLunchDinner
11 slice dry toast

with 1 grilled tomato OR tinned tomatoes
Fresh fruit - any amount2 hard boiled eggs

Salad & grapefruit
2Grapefruit


1 boiled egg
Grilled chicken with tomatoes

Toast
Grilled steak

Salad
3Grapefruit

1 boiled egg
Fresh fruit - any amount2 grilled lamb chops

Salad & grapefruit
41 slice dry toastFresh fruit - any amount2 hard boiled eggs


Salad & grapefruit
51 slice dry toastFresh fruit - any amountFresh fish

Salad
61 glass grapefruit juiceFresh fruit - any amountGrilled chicken

Carrots & grapefruit
7Scrambled eggs

Grilled or tinned tomatoes
2 poached eggs

Spinach
Grilled steak

Salad



Their Rules

  1. No alcoholic drinks.
  2. Permitted drinks: Black coffee, tea, lemon/grapefruit juice without sugar.
  3. No milk, butter or fats.
  4. NO EATING BETWEEN MEALS.
  5. Abstain from all not included in diet. Eat what is shown or go without.
  6. ONLY DIET FOR ONE WEEK IN THREE - TWO WEEKS OFF.
  7. No substitutes allowed. The basis of the diet is chemical, not the quantities.
  8. Lunch and dinner may be swapped but only on the same day.
  9. GUARANTEED TO LOSE ONE STONE IN ONE WEEK.
  10. No salt as it makes you retain water, pepper is ok.

James's Tips

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
NB: This is not my diet, I merely transcribe; do not sue me if you die - James. I second this!!

http://www.jaduncan.com/2006/04/how-i-lost-stone-in-week.html

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!!!

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  2. Starting this diet tomorrow!.... Wish me luck!

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  3. I HAVE JUST STARTED TODAY. I HOPE IT WORKS.

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  4. Started this diet today. This diet looks like it would be easier to do in the summer. Salad isn't exactly what you want in the winter :/

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  5. I dont like grapefruit can I use an alternative

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  6. I'm afraid not as it is a chemical diet. Pink grapefruits are sweeter and nicer, otherwise just leave it out. Good luck!!

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  7. I started this diet on Monday so far it's not that bad went out an I got pink grapefruit juice to keep me going I weighted myself an 2 pounds have come off me already with using a mini treadmill to tho for 20 mins a day jus a little boost as am goin away in the new year I will let you no by Sunday :)

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  8. Good luck - as long as you stick to the diet you WILL lose weight!!

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  9. I did this diet to before my holidays in July and lost 15 lbs, it was amazing and I had two sneaky glasses of wine as well, I am starting it on Sunday again so I can get ready to eat like a pig for Christmas....

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  10. Hello, I am in a panic and desperately want to lose as much weight as possible quickly. Does it matter what weight you are to start with on this diet?

    Thank-you

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    1. No - but as with all diets, you will lose weight quicker when you have more weight to lose. Good luck with it!

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    2. does it matter if you leave some stuff out of this? as in you don't eat all of what is on the diet sheet as I don't like all of that stuff! :)

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    3. Hi, to be honest for this diet to be fully effective you need to stick to it and not use substitutes. You can leave things out if you don't like them however you might then be very very hungry!! Good luck and merry Christmas x

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  11. Im so scared to try it think ill starve of hunger

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    1. You won't - I drunk a lot of herbal tea when I did the diet which helped and also for the lunches I would eat a lot of fruit as you are allowed as much as you want. Good luck!

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  12. Can you add any dressing to the salad ,like olive oil/ salt/black peper..Or it is only lemon juice.

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  13. No olive oil I am afraid as it is 116 calories per tablespoon! I'd suggest lemon juice, salt and pepper and a dash of balsamic vinegar. One think to think about though, is that salt makes you retain water which means less weight loss. Good luck!

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  14. 25 (So you can ID me in the future)

    Ok, I've just spotted this and will try tomorrow......currently 11st 2lb and my 5,7" wish me luck, and can we maybe support each other on here too?

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    1. Good luck and am always here if you need help / advice. I need to do it too but I have too many Christmas celebrations going on so am just exercising like crazy instead....I definitely will be doing it post Christmas!

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  15. Can I use the vegetarian options only?

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  16. Started today. So far so good! Can I use lime juice instead of lemon for seasoning and what about fresh herbs???

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  17. Hey I am on my 2nd week is this bad for u I have had a few treats along the way bout lost a stone! By working it all off witha treadmill!!! I am looking to do this for 4 weeks is this ok am dying to me slim for jan

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  18. Wow - that is impressive - well done you. The guidelines for this diet say you should only do this for one week out of every three. By doing this for 4 weeks your body will lack the vitamins and nutrients it needs. However it is obviously your choice and will depend on how you feel. Let me know how you get on and good luck.

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  19. Hi - I received a comment regarding whether it is ok to use lime juice instead of lemon - I think this is ok and you can use some fresh herbs too.

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  20. Holly - I received your comment, I don't know why it didn't come up here but good luck with the diet!

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  21. Can i swap breakfast and lunch round?

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    1. Yes it doesn't matter in what order you eat the meals but you can't swap meals from different days. Good luck!

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  22. hi i did this for a week n lost around 10 pounds. its not as hard as you might think you just need to stay out of the kitchen when its not mealtimes! although this is quite difficult when u have four young kids. it takes willpower though but it can be done. personally i feel that its quite a healthy diet. the only downside is that it excludes dairy and carbs. these are important.

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    1. Well done - that is brilliant. It certainly increased my fruit intake!

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  23. Kass did it work doing it more than one week in a row?

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  24. Hey I am 6 and a half stone , I'm 17, at 5ft7 I hope this works for me, I probably wont eat as much as the diet or much at all, cos too me that diet is too much, but I really want to shed some weight and will be exercising daily :)
    Hope it works!

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    1. Amber, you are already far too light for your height and do not need to diet whatsoever, it is not healthy or good for your body. I hope you are ok??

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  25. Amber please get.some help flower - you don't need this diet. Your mirror is lying to you - you are already slim and beautiful

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  26. Starting this diet today!! Hope I stick to it!! :)

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  27. I actually used to hate grapefruit and I think im starting to like the pink ones im only 2 pounds off but only two days and on my t.o.m so might be better in a few days.

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  28. Good luck and I know what you mean about the grapefruit!!

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  29. Can i leave the meat out as im a vegetarian?

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  30. Yes, I don't know what substitutes you can use but I presume if you can find something of similar calorie content as the meat you should be fine - or if you eat fish, have that instead. But be careful as oily fish such as salmon is higher calories than white fish like sea bass. Good luck!

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  31. Hi, I am starting this tomorrow and although think this has been asked before how much chicken or steak etc can you have? Another site implied as much as you like as it is a chemical diet but that didnt make sense! I assume 1 piece of chicken or steak! Also apart from dressing can you have any salad items? Thanks for any advice :-)

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  32. Hi - good luck with the diet tomorrow! It is a chemical diet so technically you can have as much steak / chicken as you like however when I did it, I stuck to just one piece (albeit a big one). With regards to salad items, I would suggest lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, celery, spring onions, peppers, etc. One thing I would avoid is sweetcorn as it is sugary. Anything with a hugh water content is perfect!! I hope the diet works well for you.

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  33. are you allowed to chew on chewing gum to subside the empty stomach feeling?

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    1. Yes you can and I would also recommend lots of water and herbal teas to get rid of that terrible empty feeling!! Good luck!!

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  34. On day 4 and struggling had a things I shouldn't have had

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    1. Don't worry, tomorrow is a new day and just try and get back on track. Think about why you want to do the diet in the first place and what is motivating you for example a party or night out or holiday?? Good luck!!

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  35. Well my 2nd week is up I can say it's going really well I am so much lighter now belly going down I have been working out with a treadmill an dog walking few cheeky treats! Am back on this in the morning for 5-6 days just to cut down on food again I have list stone n half already my holiday will soon be here! :)

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  36. I was 12 stone to start with now just to lose more an I will be bk in shape. The grapefruit an tinned tomotos are growing on me :)

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  37. to replace the meat with fish are you allowed smoked fish like smoked cod?

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  38. I think so - unfortunately I only know the meat version of the diet but I am sure smoked fish will be fine. Good luck!

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  39. Did 3/7 days last week and lost 7llb. Am doing it again this week Mon - Thurs. Can I swap the lamb on Wednesdays menu for steak or chicken again as I really didn't enjoy the lamb (and its pricey!) and I don't think I would survive with no meat!!! Also can I have poached eggs instead of boiled all the time or only on the specified days??
    Actually loving this diet as not only do you look better, but once you get over the hunger I felt better too. (less sluggish and bloated)
    Thank You

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    1. Congrats on the weight loss - that is brilliant. I am most jealous!! You are not meant to swap the meat around but to be honest I don't think it matters too much especially as you are doing 4 days. I think poached eggs are fine as well - (and I reckon definitely nicer)! Good luck with the rest of it!!

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  40. I've started this today as I need to lose my last stone of baby weight... Am adding an extra two eggs per day as I am breastfeeding and also taking multi vitamin everyday, so ill see how I feel! At the end of the first day I don't feel different, so fingers crossed I can do it! X

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    1. Congratulations on your baby! My only worry is that it might effect your milk supply as you are not consuming enough calories and you need your body to be at it's optimum for your baby. I think definitely adding some eggs and vitamins are a good idea and see how you go. Just remember you will feel weaker than normal because you are eating less which will be tough with a baby so take care of yourself and don't overdo it x

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    2. I'm doing this for the same reason Millie that last stone just won't move... Glad I've found this diet I think if we stick to it, it'll do the trick... Best of luck

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  41. Thanks Emma. I was pleasantly suprised myself when I stepped on the scales! I think it may also have something to do with no alcohol, pastry or chocolate for the three days too!! Poached eggs are much tastier then boiled eggs on the salad as the yolk makes a lovely cheeky dressing without cheating!

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  42. for those who don't like grapefruit are we able to just leave it out from the diet?

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    1. Yes - if you don't like something you are meant to just leave it out rather than substitute it. I am not a fan of grapefruits either but I ended up liking them on this diet , the pink ones are the sweetest. Good luck with the diet!

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  43. Can you substitute Lamb Chop with Steak? And also, i understand that I may feel and be lighter after 7 days, but are the results visible? Day one and hoping I can stick to it! x

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    1. For the diet to be fully effective you are meant to stick to it exactly as it is chemical so I would recommend you have lamb rather than steak. You will definitely see visible results - my tummy shrunk after a couple of days and you can really tell the difference with your clothes. If you don't like lamb then have steak but for maximum weight loss follow the diet precisely. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks for your help! will let you know how it goes :)

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  44. Hello started this diet yesterday to shed last of post baby weight... On day 6 it says 1 glass grapefruit juice, but in the allowed beverages it advises grapefruit juice is allowed... I have been drinking the odd glass, should I be doing this ?
    Thanks Yvonne

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    1. To be honest no! Grapefruit juice does contain calories so you are only meant to have it when it says so on day 6 - the rest of the time you should have water, black tea / coffee or herbal teas. I am sure the odd glass is not the end of the world but for optimal weight loss I would't recommend it. However if you are breastfeeding, you will need more calories as otherwise you wont be producing enough nutrients for your baby. Good luck and I hope it goes well - that last bit of baby weight is always the worst!!

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    2. Thanks Emma 2 days down 3lb lighter... Black coffee is my new best friend ha ha... I'll let you know how I get on...

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    3. That's great in two days - congrats!!

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  45. Hi emma can you have green chillie and mushroom also onions in this diet meal plan. Also I don't eat beef what if I only substituted the meals with only chicken x

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  46. Hi Hayley, I am afraid you are not allowed the chillies, mushrooms and onions really on this diet - other than maybe adding some spring onions to the salad. For the diet to work effectively you need to stick to it exactly. If you don't eat beef, then I reckon chicken is a good substitution, however it is a chemical diet so the rules say no substitutes allowed. Although the way I see it, you will still be eating better and much less calories than normal and chicken is healthier than beef so I would go for it...you can't starve...good luck!!

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  47. Hi I cannot have grapefriut due to tablets I am taking. Is there an alternative I can have in its place ?
    thanks

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    1. To be honest no, you are not meant to have substitutes and if you can't eat anything you are meant to just leave it out. However it is up to you. If you aren't being completely strict you could always have a fruit with a high water content instead, like watermelon for example. Good luck with it all!

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    2. What can I have on my salad?

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    3. When I did the diet I just used lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, spring onions & celery. I read that you can't even use sweetcorn as there is too much sugar. The more water based the salad the better! Good luck!! x

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  48. I'm on day 1..but I've jus had a few oatcakes. I was starving. Should I just carry on with the diet?

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  49. Hi Laura Jane, I would definitely carry on with the diet, it is only a little slip up. Next time you are hungry try and have a herbal tea or a big glass of water or something. I know it is incredibly dull but for maximum results it is important to try and stick to the diet. Good luck!!

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  50. I'm going to start fresh tomorrow.its for a party on the 21st..and I want it to work properly. Its hard ha. X

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  51. Thanks Emma. I will def try that. Hope it works x

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    1. Hope the diet is going well!! x

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    2. Hya Emma took your advice and filled up on lots of water and herbal tea...what a difference, not hungry at all or craving sugar. Thank you. It really helps to be able to talk to someone. X

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  52. Started this morning also for a party on the 21st Got a fab dress but zipping it up is a squeeze! Let you know of my progress. Weighed in at 11 stone 7lb this morning, Not going to cheat !!

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  53. Just read this it looks amazeing! I love food and im always picking at things rather than eating proper meals naughty I know, less than 2 weeks till xmas hoping to lose at least 7lbs I reckon its doable?

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    1. Yes definitely if you stick to it completely - you can lose more than that. Good luck!!

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  54. Can you completely leave the meat out without substituting it, like following the diet plan exactly only cutting out the meats?
    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Yes you can - but I warn you - you will be starving!! Good luck though!!

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  55. Hi

    Would you be able to drink diet coke on this diet?

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    1. I don't think you are meant to I am afraid - I would recommend black coffee, herbal tea and water. Good luck!

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  56. Hi
    I tried this diet few weeks ago but only managed the first four days but still lost 6lb. I am going to try it again next week and complete the whole week. I need to loose 7lb to reach my target weight. Hope i can stick to it this time.

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    1. Good luck - 6lb in 4 days is brilliant - hope you can lose the rest and reach your target weight!

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  57. Hi I am finally gonna start this diet tomorrow and I hope it work iv been eating less now for ten days and I hope this gives a boost in my weight loss fingers crossed eeekkkk

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    1. Good luck - my fingers are crossed for you!!

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  58. Just finished my first week, 10lb 2oz lost, hard but really does work : )

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  59. That is brill you lost so much weight did you follow exact same diet plan as emma....

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    1. Nearly, the only thing I did different was use sweetner in my coffee, can't drink black coffee without sweetner ; )

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  60. I'm 16 and I am 5'2 and weigh nine stone. Desperate to lose some weight.starting this diet tomorrow hope it works. Going to try and carry on jogging with my dad too. Really want to feel better about myself.

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  61. I am sure you are absolutely gorgeous and don't need to lose weight - this is a very restrictive diet and you are still growing and will need more vitamins and nutrients. I definitely recommend the jogging though - exercise is a great way to feel better about yourself x

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  62. Hi what eating time do you recommend not eat a late dinner or lunch...... Also what chicken would you recommend breast or thigh thanks

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    1. It really doesn't matter whether you use breast or thigh but I used breast as it is bigger! I also would eat lunch around 1pm and then supper at 6pm & then have an early night to keep me away from the fridge!!

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  63. Hi can you have steamed vegetables with this diet exple carrots green beans and peas

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    1. Hi, for maximum weight loss you need to just stick to the diet exactly so no steamed veg I'm afraid other than the carrots on day 6 and the spinach on day 7.

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  64. Can you go without the tomatoes?

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    1. Yes - if you don't like something just leave it out. Good luck!

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  65. Hi, Finished the diet on Sunday night lost exactly 8lbs. Started at 12st 4lbs and finished 11st 10lbs (43 yr old male 5ft 9). I admit had to make slight adjustments. Used tinned grapefruit in natural juice, dry fried the steak, oven cooked the chicked (always had two breast) and swapped the fish for chicken (cant eat fish/seafood), tinned carrots in water(again cant eat fresh) and swapped the eggs around on day 7! and had one chocolate eclair each night :-0! Really pleased though as given a kick start and means will be ready to enjoy Christmas. Merry Christmas to all and good luck! It works just stick with it.

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    1. Well done - that is great work!! Thanks for letting us know. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  66. i am starting on this diet tommorow currently weigh 10stone and cant get below this mark have been eating very well and running everyday and today i just eat rubbish to be honest because i cant get below the 10 mark but hopefully this will kick start my weight loss my goal is 9stone. i am 5'6. i just think this may not work because i dont exactly count my calories but i have tried to cut bread out and pasta and refinded carbs so do you think this will still work for me as it may be more calories than i normally eat?

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    1. Hi, I am sure it will work for you. Each day is about 700 calories so you will definitely lose weight. Most diets say about 1200 cals a day and if you are not trying to lose weight it is 2000 cals a day so you can see it is a big difference. Good luck and think positive and please let me know how you get on.

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  67. Hello, this is my first day of this diet, do you have to eat everything on the list such as breakfast 1 boiled egg and grapefruit??

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    1. Hi, well done for doing the first day. You don't have to eat everything on the diet but you will probably want to as you are hungry! If you don't like something you can leave it out but for maximum weight loss do not use substitutes and stick to the diet completely. Good luck!!

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    2. Thank you, also fresh fish am I able to eat tuna?? :)) also I don't like lamb chops? Any suggestions xx

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  68. Yes as it says fresh fish - a fresh tuna steak would be perfect. As for the lamb chops, the diet says no substitutions however you don't want to starve so I would suggest a chicken breast or fish again. Good luck!

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  69. Hi if you skip meals do you think you will loose as much weight because some people say if you don't eat meals it slows down your matabolism .

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    1. To be honest - this one always confuses me. I think eat less calories and therefore lose more weight but then I have also been told if you starve yourself you slow down your metabolic rate and then when you do it, your body stores the food as fat. I would say that as this is such a low calorie diet it is not worth skipping meals and you should stick with what it says. How is it going? Good luck and merry Christmas xx

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  70. Hi is the weight loss sustainable or do you put it back on as soon as you come off it I plan on still eating healthily but just not as strict as this

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    1. You will probably put a bit back on but not all of it.....although it does depend if you go crazy over Christmas. I would suggest exercising after you finish the diet to keep the weight off. Good luck & Merry Christmas xx

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  71. I just finished this diet yesterday. I followed it religiously except that I used spices and lemon juice to marinate the chicken, fish and lamb. I weighed 82 kgs (181pounds )at the start. I weighed myself this morning after finishing the diet and weighed 77.8 kgs (171 pounds), a total loss of 10 pounds which I am absolutely delighted with. I should also mention that despite only consuming approximately 700 calories a day on this diet, I was also burning around 700-800 calories in the gym each day, so in an overall calorie deficit each day. I think it would be very hard to lose 14 pounds on this diet unless you are seriously overweight but it is great to kick start a weight loss.

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  72. Congratulations on the weight loss - that is brilliant. You did amazingly and I am very impressed you managed to exercise at the same time. My fiancé did manage the 14 lbs but I think that could be because he needed too plus he eats so much normally, the diet was a real shock for his body!! I need to get him back on it after Christmas!! Anyway well done once again. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

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  73. I cannot wait to do this come Monday. I seriously need it after Christmas and troubles I've had this year. I hope, if ok with everyone, to use this as a bit of therapy and to get advice but to also just let you know how it's going each step of the way. Thank you and merry Christmas xx

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    1. I know the feeling - I completely outdid myself on the pigging yesterday and it hasn't stopped today! Good luck and am always here to try and help xx

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    2. Thank you I appreciate that. I'm nearly 14 stone and getting on for size 16 which I am not comfortable with at all. Time to nip it in the bud xx

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    3. Thanks v much. I've been and got all the food on the list and will start the detox tomorrow. I'm allowing myself new years off because going to be an inevitable to avoid. But here's to the start of my weight loss journey and everyone else's xxx

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    4. Hope the diet is going well Elena x

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  74. Am going back on this after Christmas for 4 weeks straight my holiday is coming up very very soon and of course I have treated myself to much! This diet is great for quick results with exercise to!

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  75. Hi what are te vegetarian options on the diet please-Nicola

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    1. Hi Nicola, I have looked online about this diet and other people have suggested replacing the meat with quern or fish (if you eat that). Alternatively I have just posted a veggie diet I found online. I don't think it is such a quick weight loss but it does sound more exciting!! http://thislittlepiggylovesfood.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-veggie-diet.html

      Good luck and let me know how you get on!

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    2. Hi thanks for looking into this for me,i will give it a go

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  76. Hey emma really want to give this diet a go. Can you take slimming pills and vitamins with this diet? And can I drink fruit flavoured tea?

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    1. Hi - yes definitely to fruit flavoured teas as long as you don't add milk. To be honest I don't know about vitamins and slimming pills. I would say you don't need them as you are getting plenty of vitamins from the food and if you follow it correctly you will lose a lot of weight so won't need any pills….but of course it is totally up to you. Good luck & let me know how you get on!

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    2. Thanks emma. Can I use flavoured water? And can I use tinned tuna?

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    3. Hi, as long as the tuna isn't in oil that should be fine and as for flavoured water you are not meant to drink it so it is up to you. Good luck!

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  77. Can I replace the meat with egg?

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  78. You aren't meant to make any substitutions as it is a chemical diet however if you don't eat meat you can definitely give it a go. Good luck!

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  79. Hi, Just wondering, i don't like herbal tea or coffee. And i only like water if its orange squash. The one i have has no added sugar and minimal calories. Is this alright to drink as its pretty much the only thing i drink.

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    1. To be honest you are probably not meant to and instead should just have water. However I would probably drink it as it is just too boring otherwise!! Good luck!! x

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  80. Hey I'm really embarrassed to say but it hasn't been going well. I've tried the toast with tomatoes but find I can't bring myself to eat it. Oh it's catch 22 with Me. I really want to lose weight but also finding that a lack of motivation too x

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    1. I certainly know that feeling!!! I am not even thinking about it til the new year. I find drinking lots of coffee / herbal tea helps or motivating yourself with a photo or a person you hate!!! Good luck & I hope it gets better xxxx

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  81. Hi, I'm a 5"4 female and have managed to put on 2 stone in the past year, went from 8st to 10st.. (i blame my new boyfriend for his takeaway addiction!!). If i were to do this diet for 2 weeks solid do you think im likely to get back down to 8 stone?? X

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    1. Hi,
      Happy New Year! Relationships are known to make you put on weight - it is exactly the same as me! I don't think you would lose 2 stone by this for two consecutive weeks as your weight loss won't be as quick in the second week - plus they don't recommend doing the diet for two consecutive weeks. I would suggest doing it for a week and see how you get on. Then eat healthily for a couple of weeks and then do it again. Good luck and let me know how you get on x

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  82. I dont like steak what do I do do I eat grilled chicken instead?!?!?!? X

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    1. Hi Chloe,
      Happy New Year! You are meant to stick to the exact diet as it is chemical however if you don't eat steak, I expect chicken is a good substitution.
      Good luck! x

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  83. I'm starting the diet today 5'2 and weighing 14.9.. Really want to get back to 11 stone! !! Xx

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  84. Starting tomorrow for 3days. Hoping to start again on Monday. Would like 1 or more stone off in the next few weeks. Thanks for being so good at replying to everyones questions. You're very good!

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    1. Thank you, that is really kind to say. Good luck with the diet and let me know how you get on!! x

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  85. Can i swap grapefruit for tea ? or is it best i leave it out ? Starting this diet tomorrow so i can lose weight for holidays !!

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  86. Hi, if you don't like grapefruit just leave it out. As for tea, any tea is fine as long as you don't add milk or sugar. Good luck!

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  87. Hey! Started this diet today after having my baby 5 months ago and nothing seems to have budged since the angel popped out :P really hope it works, need to loose 4 stone to get back to my pre-baby weight :s good luck to everyone on this already! I'll keep you posted :) I'm really excited! xx

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    1. Good luck - stay strong and I hope it goes well xx

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    2. Hey it's day two and just to say 3 pound has already come off in a day! i'm chuffed :D hope it keeps going this way :) xx

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  88. Hi!
    Currently on day 3 of this diet and have lost 5lbs already!
    I am seriously overweight so this is a good kick start.
    Word of warning. ..I did find myself peeing a lot the first day! Be near a toilet lol
    And for those that don't like plain water- I drank grapefruit squash.
    Keep going! It's only a week.

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    1. That is brilliant for 3 days - keep it up!! x

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  89. Started AGAIN today. This is the third time I've attempted this diet. I really need to complete it this time. Av eaten solo much rubbish over Xmas I need to feel normal again. :)

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    1. Just think 3rd time lucky!! Good luck xx

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    2. I no your not meant to change the ingredidnts. But I'm vegaterian and wondered if you've heard of any1 using quorn as a replacemnt. I think iv failed in the past due to being so hungry without the meat x

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    3. Hi Laura Jane, I have heard of people using quorn as a replacement, you can't do it with just the salad/fruit/eggs etc as it is not enough. Hope it works better this time xx

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  90. Have attempted a number of times before but always end up failing. Starting again tomorrow and hoping to succeed. Have holiday in a few weeks and nothing fits...

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    1. Good luck - just keep thinking about your holiday as motivation!! x

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  91. Hi emma,

    just starting this diet today i did the aloe vera detox before christmas and found it great but i just want to get back on track and into healthy eating again so i came across this diet online I just have a few questions for you if thats ok. so day one for dinner its 2 boiled eggs salad and grapefruit, for the salad what does it inlcude could u use sundried tomatoes are you aloud roasted peppers ? for things like grilled chicken can you use herb rub i alwasys use the ballymaloe herb rub on chicken but was wondering would it be ok to use on this diet ? also are you meant to drink lots of grapefruit throughout the day or not drink it at all i was unsure of this so i didnt have any yet .

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  92. Hi, thanks for your email - always happy to help. Unfortunately no sun dried tomatoes as they are normally in oil. If you roast your own peppers with nothing else that should be ok. When I did the diet I just used lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, spring onions & celery. I read that you can't even use sweetcorn as there is too much sugar. The more water based the salad the better! Unfortunately I do not know the ballymaloe herb rub - if it is like just fresh herbs and only a little that should be ok - but there should not be any butter / oil involved. With regards to drinking water, herbal tea and black coffee is best. If you want the diet to have the maximum effect I would stick to the rules exactly and have no substitutes. Good luck, I wish you all the best xx

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  93. Hi Emma ,

    Thanks for the reply ! In the fruit for lunch are bananas ok or are they too carby should you just leave them out? I just found your blog the other days and its great !!

    x

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    1. Thank you - unfortunately non of it is diet food!! I would leave bananas out and have other fruits but it's not the end of the world if you had one. I ate lots of melon, pear, apples, berries etc. Good luck x

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  94. Starting your diet tomorrow . Just been told I'm going to Jamaica on 16 th hope I can do it.

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    1. Good luck - it'll be worth it for your lovely holiday! x

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    2. Please can you tell me what I can I have in my salad? Can I have things like beetroot and sugar snap pea ? And o% fat total on fruit?Thanks for your reply. Carol x

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    3. No yoghurt I am afraid - the fruit needs to be plain. With salad, I think beetroot and sugar snap peas should be fine but the more water based salad the better - such as lettuce, cucumber, celery, spring onions, tomatoes etc. No sweetcorn though! Good luck!!!

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  95. I'm on day 3 of the diet. I've added low cal dressings to salad and 0% fage greek yogurt to the fruit lunches. Ivey lost 5llbs so far and I think by adding those I've managed to avoid carbs/choc!

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    1. Well done I am pleased it is working for you - keep up the good work and good luck xx

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  96. Hi, I'm going to try and do this diet tomorrow. This will be my 3rd time. But I have to - just seem to keep putting on weight. I weight 13 stone and am 5'5. This weight is really making me so so depressed. But I'm determined to do it this time. Also this site seems to give great encouragement so I can see that this time I just might do it. But can someone tell me what flavoured teas are the best? Thanks so very much

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    1. I love the pukka teas - such as cleanse, refresh, love and lemon and ginger. Green tea is also good as it helps improve your metabolic rate and peppermint is an old favourite. There are plenty to choose from! Good luck!

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  97. hiya .32 year old male
    gonna start this tomoro as i put on a stone over xmas and need to get rid of it + another stone with it!question is i cycle quite alot (300k) weekly ,will this diet impact on my ability to cycle ?should i stop the cycling for the week?

    happy new year..!

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  98. Hi Alan,

    I'd say you might not have the energy for cycling. On one of the sites, it says you should not exercise. But I suppose it is all down to you and how you feel. Anyway Alan, good luck with this diet and happy new year to you too.

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  99. thank you .
    i will take it easy with the cycling so!!

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  100. Hi Alan - I would just see how you go - if you have the energy - fantastic, but don't overdo it!! Good luck

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  101. also starting the diet today, really excited about it! Have tried it once before and could only manage 5 days, lost 11lbs through! Determined to see it through this time and sticking to rules completely! will keep you up to date with the progress!

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    1. On day 2 today and 2lbs down! feel so much less sluggish! hungry but its worth it! looking forward to a nice steak tonight!

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    2. Enjoy - the pain will be worth it!!! xx

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  102. Hi everyone!

    Started this diet on Sunday so on 2nd day today. I desperately need to lose weight for my wedding on 22nd March and am better dieting with a strict structure. I'm 5'3 and 12st 9lb. I'm planning to do this for 6 and a half days to start as it's my daughter's birthday on Saturday so of course there'll be cake - lol! Good luck everyone a week is nothing in the great scheme of things especially as it's a kick start. I hope I can lose 10 lbs by Saturday so I'm in the 11s!

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    1. Good luck - just think of that cake on Saturday as motivation!!

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  103. ye hopefully il have energy for some cycling but alas the weather has curtailed any today! but i will check in with you nxt monday after my week.
    thanks emma...!

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    1. I currently have no heating in my house so I am hoping the cold hopes me burn calories!!! Good luck with the diet :-)

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  104. Hi just started this diet today, what excerises should i be doing along the way if any? or is normal day to day walking okay and is it all about the food itself?

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    1. Hi, I would concentrate on the diet rather than exercise. If you feel energetic by all means follow your usual exercise plan but personally I just did day to day walking. It all depends on how you feel….don't over exercise and then gorge on food…good luck!

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  105. Hello all,

    I'm so disappointed with myself. Wanted to start today but didn't. I hope I will be motivated to do it tomorrow. I hope everyone who started is doing well. We're lucky to have Emma to motivate and give advice and offer assistance. Emma I ate cereal and yogurt today and some christmas cake which gave me heartburn. What do I do now? I don't suppose I can start, right?

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    1. Sorry I didn't have a chance to reply earlier, I wasn't near my computer. I would just start again tomorrow from day 1 - don't beat yourself up as I know it is not easy, (plus you didn't eat that badly) and try and stay positive. Good luck with it all xx

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  106. On day 2 where it says grilled steak, which meat can you have? beef, sheep, mutton, lamb?

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    1. Hi - grilled steak means beef, you can decide what cut you prefer but don't eat any fat. Good luck!

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  107. On Day 5 how much fish can you have and can you have different varieties of fish?

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    1. Yes you can choose what fish you have, just make it as fresh - I had a big piece of cod as I felt a white fish like that or sea bass or haddock was the least calories however it is up to you. I would just stick to the one type though and have a big portion. Good luck!

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  108. What drinks are you allowed on this diet? And if I follow this like it says will it 100% work as I need to lose weight

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    1. Hi, drink lots of water, black coffee and herbal tea. How much weight you lose will depend on your current weight and height, but if you follow it exactly you will lose a lot of weight quickly. Good luck!!

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  109. Hi, can you please advise as I only eat Eggs, whether I can continue Day 1 plan for the entire week? I do not eat Chicken or any other meats so, can I stick to the same meal everyday? Will the outcome be the same?

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    1. Hi, I am afraid I don't know as I have never tried it - I only know this diet. It would be boring but I expect you would still lose a lot of weight as you are only eating about 700 cals a day. If you are a vegetarian, I do have another diet on here for vegetarians. Otherwise you could use quorn. Good luck!!

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  110. Hiya this might be a silly question but does everything have to be grilled? And for grilled chicken would the packets work? Please reply ASAP

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  111. Hi - yes it is best that you grill or oven cook everything - you can't fry as you can't use any oil. As for the packets, I don't know what you mean I'm afraid. When I cooked it, I placed the chicken in foil and put some lemon juice, pepper and a few dried herbs on top….it wasn't bad!!

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