I have struggled with my weight my whole life, perhaps ‘struggled’ is the wrong term because for a long time I did nothing to remedy the situation. It all came to a head a couple of years ago when, as a 122kg (269lbs) man, I decided enough was enough.
I am almost down to my target weight but after a long slow loss things seemed to have plateaued and I couldn’t shift the last bit of weight to make me feel I had truly succeeded. I overheard someone mention ‘The Weet(a)bix Diet’ and decided to look into it, there is scant information online but from what I gather it involves eating the cereal as a replacement for two of your meals per day then eating a healthy dinner.
I decided to take things one step further and skip other foods (almost) entirely. I did the calculations and determined that a bowl of 2 ‘biscuits’ and milk worked out at 200 calories so I decided to allow myself 5 bowls a day, for an intake of 1,000 calories. I have read a lot of the debates on this board regarding methods of losing weight and am a strong believer that is simply down to calories in vs calories out, I don’t put too much stock in so called catalyst foods or balancing carbs, proteins and fats.
This seemed to me like an easy short term diet, 5 bowls should satiate my appetite and 1,000 calories a day should be a large enough shortfall to see results.
I got weighed on Monday morning, coming in at 92.5kg (204lbs), I should point out I am a 6’ 2" male, 29 years old. I varied my diet slightly through the week after I began to worry that it could cause loss of muscle mass so I switched it over to 4 bowls a day and 1 high-protein shake (150 calories). I pretty much stuck with this over the 5 days, my only diversion being some home-made coleslaw instead of one of the bowls just to give me some other nutrients/vitamins.
Clearly this isn’t a diet I would want to keep up for a long time but I figure the human body has sufficient stockpiles of nutrients and vitamins to go a week on an unusual diet.
I got on the scales this morning (after 5 days on the diet) and have lost 4.3kg (9.5lbs). Not bad going for just 5 days!! I will revert to normal healthy eating next week and see if the weight comes back on, hopefully it won’t, I found the diet pretty easy to follow and didn’t feel too hungry at any point so it would be good to be able to do it every now and then to get a boost to proceedings.