Thursday, June 25, 2015

The 3 Day Diet - My Experience

Hi!

In my bid to lose 5 stone in 2015, I'm mostly following Slimming World while doing a bit of regular walking/jogging and drinking a ridiculous amount of water.

Usually, about 3-4 weeks into a new routine, I get sick of it and I stop walking, eat rubbish, and don't fill my water bottle for days. When this happens, the Chinese gains greatly, and my waistline loses. I normally pull it back after a week or two but I'm sick of the cycle - I was in one such Chinese funk when a friend gave me details of the famed "3 Day Diet".

Sometimes called the Birmingham Hospital Diet, or the Miami Hospital Diet, or the Military Diet, or the 3 Day Chemical Diet, it's based on three days of very little food followed by four days of normal eating. Normal eating as in a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner - not no breakfast, sandwiches, and chinese.

I'm not usually one for fads and I know that they don't work long term, but I have read so many mixed reports on this that I decided to give it a go.

Salt and Pepper are allowed, but no substitutions should be made.





Day 1

I get up and decide to have a cup of decaff coffee with a splash of low fat milk. This is not on today's menu, but it's before 7am and I'm not thinking straight yet.

11am: I put off breakfast until after I do some house chores, so I sit down at 11am to a cup of green tea, a slice of 100% wholemeal bread (toasted, dry), a tablespoon of peanut butter, and half a grapefruit. This is okay! This isn't as measly as I thought it would be. It was nice and I cut the toast up into little pieces to make it last longer. Success!!

1pm: Boys go down for a nap and I'm hungry - usually now I would pick, but I decide that if I have dinner around 5pm, I can have lunch now. Lunch is a half cup of tuna - I just had a small can - and an ounce of cheddar cheese (just under 30g) with another piece of dry wholemeal toast. It was fine! Nice, even. But I would have liked some lettuce, onion, bit of sweetcorn and mayo, and another slice of bread. Had another cup of green tea.

3pm: I AM BLOODY STARVING. My stomach is making a noise that only dogs can hear. I cook chicken, sweetcorn and potatoes for everyone else and resist the urge to pick. Never before has a crispy buttery wedge of potato looked more appealing, so I serve dinner and get to chopping the carrots that are on the menu for my own dinner. I read somewhere that sometimes hunger is really thirst, so I fill my water bottle. Nope, it's definitely hunger. I put my dinner in the steamer and keep drinking water.

3:30pm: I can't wait any longer, I plate up my "dinner" - a cup of green beans, a cup of chopped carrots, and a piece of lean meat that's supposed to weigh 3oz - I have a piece of turkey breast that's about the size of a baby's hand. This looks like a baby dinner. It also looks really bland, so I use some pepper. The boys want pieces of carrot from my plate. I actually thought about it before handing them each a couple of pieces. JOEY DOESN'T SHARE FOOD!!

4pm: Weirdly, now I'm "allowed" an apple and a cup of ice cream. I have no idea how, or why, but I chop my pink lady up and mix her with a cup of HB vanilla. I'm full - for now.

7pm: I could eat a farmer's arse through a blackthorn bush. My eldest just came in with a bag of Galaxy minstrels and some Pringles. I eat most of them some. I feel sick.

Day 2

Right, this is it - game face on, let's do this properly! I wake up and have a cup of green tea.

10am: Breakfast is more green tea, dry wholemeal toast, a poached egg, and half a banana. It's fine, if a little small looking, and it fills me temporarily.

11am: Ready for second breakfast now, M'lord. More poxy green poxy tea.

12pm: Starving. Going to have lunch now - 5 saltine crackers, a half cup of tuna and more green tea. I'm not entirely sure what Saltine crackers are, so I googled, and the closest I could get were the Jacob's ones in the little snack packs. Surely to jaysus they don't mean 5 halves? I have the whole snack pack with my measly little can of tuna. It's all drier than a Nun's fandango and I have gained a new respect for mayonnaise and onions.

1pm: Must not pick at food must not pick at food must not pick at food have green tea
2pm: Must not pick at food must not pick at food eat other half of banana from breakfast
3pm: Must not pick at food must not pick at food must not pick at food have green tea

4pm: I have to have dinner, I'm going to faint with hunger. May be a slight exaggeration but I need FOOOOD. Dinner today is a cup of broccoli, a half cup of carrots, and........two beef franks? I would rather eat a ball of my own deep fried snot than eat frankfurters or hotdogs (snouts and ears) so that's not going to be happening. I have two turkey sausages instead. They're disgusting so I only eat one. I also have a shitload more broccoli, as in a whole head, because a cup of broccoli is tiny and I am a large hungry woman with a horrible sausage and have forgotten to put the carrots on.

5pm: I can now have half a banana but I ate that earlier, so I can have my vanilla ice cream again. I eat slightly more than a cup.

7pm: Husband arrives back home. This conversation happens.
Husband:  "I'm a bit hungry, are you hungry?"
Me, through gritted teeth and trying to disguise stomach rumbles: "Ah, a bit. Not really."
Husband: "I'm peckish, would you eat a chinese?"
Me, considering the moral implications for all of two seconds: "Eh...I'd eat a small bit, yeah."
Husband: "What will I get?"
Me: "Spicy chips, smoked chicken, chicken wings, curry sauce and fried rice. And a can of 7up."

And there endeth my 3 Day Diet experience. I lost two pounds in two days - probably all water because I drank so much green tea that I was up and down for a wee constantly. I thought about food constantly. I thought about cooking and recipes and bread and cakes and pastries and pies and puddings and things I'd never even look at.

Absolutely not for me, back to ye olde tried-and-tested bottle of water a day, walk in the morning, and lots of veg and lean protein with limited carbs.

What's the stupidest thing you've tried for weight loss?




27 comments:

  1. This sounds awful! I did the Cabbage Soup diet years and years ago, God I don't think my insides were ever the same since!

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    1. Oh christ no, I couldn't do that, the thought of the side effects is enough!

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  2. Haha I think caving is bound to happen when you're so limited and hungry all the time!
    I tried the Nupo diet before where you exist on shakes and soups for two weeks. The worst part was most of the flavours were vile so it was a struggle to get them down! They claim you won't be hungry and to be honest, I wasn't really but I was miserable!! My mood was incredibly low and I only lost two pounds the first week, after being angelic and not breaking it!
    I'm trying to lose a few pounds at the minute but am attempting to go about it the "right way". Cutting out all chocolate (sob), crisps, crap etc. and just making healthier choices at meal times. I'm not starving myself by any means so we'll see how that goes.
    Good luck!

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    1. Any of these 3-day things are just bloody starvation, it's total fluid loss, not fat at all. I don't think I could ever do a Shake diet - I have a family member who ended up with IBS after years of Slim Fast & stuff like that, I'd be starving the whole time! It's so boring, isn't it? Eat less, move more - but it's what works. Best of luck x

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  3. God that does sound tough! I lost 5 stone since this time last year doing it the Slimming World way. Down one or 2 pounds a week (Up some weeks and maintained other weeks) - but I think slowly and surely and not depriving yourself is the way to go! Enjoyed reading this - best of luck on your journey :)

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    1. Well done Katie, that's fantastic! I do like Slimming World, when I knuckle down and do it properly I eat much better, cooking from scratch and no processed stuff. I think you're right - deprivation leads to nothing but trouble! Congratulations xx

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  4. I love your honesty with this post, Sharon.

    I tried some of those weight loss teas once, but they did absolutely nothing for me. Although, having heard some of the ill effects they can cause I'm grateful for them not working.

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    1. Thanks Paula! I've never tried the teas or any of the supposed fat-binding pills, I remember reading an article in a magazine once where this woman took some fat-binding pills and had a slice of pizza and the side effects will never leave my brain, seriously.

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  5. Well done for trying this Sharon!!! even just reading what you can have was tough!!! how did you function eating so little!!! I would have been one Hangry lady!!!!

    I got all the bits to try the LipoTrim diet before (it was pricey at the time) made the first shake to have for breakfast, couldn't swallow it... and that was the end of LipoTrim!!

    The worst for me was probable joining motivation!! I paid 2,500e for a 20wk programme.... yes i lost 2.5 stone BUT it was from the starvation... 3 cheese triangles is not a breakfast! then beans & chick for lunch.. chicken and green veg for dinner!!! And I did gain the weight back and more and still have credit card debt after the fact!!!

    Slimming World is working for me at the moment and i feel almost hopeful that this time I will loose the weight for good.... (The prospect of wedding dress shopping is also an incentive to shed 5 stone)

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    1. Ah it was ridiculous Vicki - I think about food a good amount of the time anyway, but I was a woman possessed, sure I ended up bingeing both nights!! I don't know how anyone could do the whole three days and not feel hungry or sick, definitely not for me. Slimming World does work, I do like it, I just need to remember to eat the Superfree (that's where I fall down) and to take my 1 or 1.5lb loss a week and not be disheartened that I don't pull big numbers. I never realised that motivation was so expensive, that's a lot to pay to be told to eat so little!

      I think it's just basically - don't eat shite, drink water, get some exercise every day, and eat good healthy non-processed foods. If only it were that simple to stick to! I'm so glad SW is working for you, I believe 100% that this is your time xxx

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  6. That's really not that much of a restriction. I don't understand how someone can be "starving" barely two hours after a fairly substantial breakfast, but I guess I'm pretty small in every sense so I could probably fill up on grapes! Fair play for giving it a go, at least, and I hope you find something that works better for you!

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    1. I think we differ greatly on our definition of "substantial" - Hovis Nimble (48kcal), 1/2 a grapefruit (50kcal), 1 tbsp Peanut Butter (94kcal) = 192kcal. Definitely not "substantial" for someone of my size - grapes are probably the worst fruit you could fill up on (after bananas), they're loaded with sugar, but they are very filling! Thank you for your well wishes, as I mentioned I've gone back to my usual eat unprocessed food, walk, water method and it's working well at the moment anyway. Thanks for reading!

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  7. Great post, Sharon. I don't really comment on online articles but I just want to say, I really enjoy your blog. You have such a good mix of beauty, books, life-stuff etc written with such humour and honesty, it has become one of my favourite blogs to read. C :)

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    1. Thank you so much, that's such a lovely thing to say xx

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  8. Really interesting post...thx for sharing!

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  9. I would be starving after that breakfast ! You are also running around after two lively twins all day so need more sustenance . I'm thinking I will probably quit slimming world this week. Just week after next il be in a boarding school all week with no choice of food and then a
    Few weeks after that surgery ! But need to get back on track soon after that !!

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    1. It's hard to work it around everything, especially when you have things like surgery and trips away - but I think once you make good choices you'll be fine, you have done so well keeping the weight off so I'm sure you will do really well xx

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  10. It reads like hell so I can only imagine how you felt! For the past month I'm following My Fitness Pal and just stopping eating whenever my fat/sugar/sodium reaches it's limit for the day so I rarely get part 1,600 kcal and I've lost 11lbs in just over a month!

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    1. That's fantastic Yav, well done! I have used MFP before and it's brilliant, it definitely teaches about sodium/hidden sugars in foods, it's a great resource x

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  11. Brilliant post - sorry to laugh at your pain but you make it sound hilarious! I guess the stupidest weight loss programme I followed was the two-day fast. It's impossible to eat only 500 calories for two days out of the week and live a normal life. I don't think I lost a single pound on it. Only thing that worked in the past was Weight Watchers but I'm doing nothing at the moment and proudly clinging on to the last stone of pregnancy weight - four years later :-)
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

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    1. I see a lot of people doing the 5:2 thing, I don't know how you could exist on 500 calories for 2 days, jesus! I wouldn't anyway, everyone would be a giant walking sandwich. I lost 3 stone with Weightwatchers a few years ago, it definitely works, I just got sick of all the weighing and counting! I'm sure I still have some residual pregnancy weight from my first pregnancy............and he's 11 in September.......

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  12. This sounds horrendous. I've put on some weight recently and have a goal now to lose 4kg to get closer to what I used to be. I started Couch to 5K this week as well as my usual walks and am being more careful with what I eat. I find the My Fitness Pal app really good because it calculates how many calories I can have based on how much I want to lose. I input what I've eaten and the exercise I've done and it subtracts and adds on as needed. I don't know how suitable it'd be for when you're doing SW cause that's obv a different measurement system but I just like it cause it keeps me on track! I can't horse through a bar of chocolate now without having to think about it first. I can still eat the chocolate, guilt free but it just means I have to walk for a bit longer etc. Anyway, I love this post; honest, informative and yet still entertaining! That's some skill :)

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    1. Thank you Chloe x Couch to 5k is a good app, I still can't do all the running but I love getting the mileage in and seeing the times creep down, it's a great motivator! MFP is brilliant, I love how you can scan barcodes, think I spent like 15 minutes just scanning things in my fridge one day to see what came up....easily amused!! xx

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  13. i don't think i could survive one day on this diet! i loved reading your experience and your totally honest comments!

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  14. Sorry but that was so Funny! Thanks for making me laugh! My sister does this diet all the time. It actually works. She would do it every week until she dropped 30+ lbs then maintain it for a long while only to gain back again. I never really did "diet" but now I need one...I don't think I have the discipline to stick to anything but I'm gonna give t a go.

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