The week in diet!

I'd be the first person to tell you that crash diets dont work. In fact, my recommended tried and tested method of losing weight is calorie control. But, with me needing to lose some excess weight by the end of March and only a week to do it in I figured the GM diet/ Cabbage Soup Diet was the diet to go on. Additionally, a friend recently got great results following the same, and I'm gullible that way....

I've done this diet before and lost approx 9 lbs in 1 week (the diet says you will lose between 7-10 lbs in the week) .... and gained 5 lbs back on day 8 when I binged. And developed a 6 month aversion to apples and bananas. So, this time I knew I had to be better organized so that I wouldnt repeat myself. So, here's my notes and plans. Do note that this diet should only be followed for the recommended 7 days and not repeated in a month. Also, I dont endorse any diets, this is just a log of my experience. Please take the claims of the link above with a heavy dose of skepticism. The diet works through starvation and lowering your calorie intake, so I doubt it is healthy.

For me,

1) I knew from my previous experience that I had to plan every meal. Just because it lists fruits and vegetables thinking you can just eat them raw when hungry is misleading. My aversion to certain foods also developed because I didnt take care to have a large variation of fruits & veggies on hand. So, first, plan every meal and shop for the entire week. Also, a very important thing to remember is cook the foods you like, now is not the time to try any exotic untried stuff.

2) You are supposed to make cabbage soup which can be eaten any time of the day in virtually unlimited quantities. The cabbage soup recipe listed sounds pretty horrible. I knew I wouldnt be able to eat it, so I made my own veg soup and ate it for 4 days without getting tired of it. The recipe I followed is here. It freezes well too so if you are sick of it you can always eat it later.

3) Even though you are eating plain meals, make sure you add lots of flavour so you dont feel like you are compromising your meals. Garlic, ginger, spices, condiments are your friends and are allowed on the diet.

4) I would recommend starting it on a Saturday or when you have some days off because I experienced the most weakness on the first 2 days of the diet.

5) The diet recommends drinking 8 glasses of water. I didnt count but I drink a lot of water every day so I kept at the same.

6) My goal was to follow the diet without feeling like I am compromising on food so that after the week was over any weight would remain lost and I wouldnt binge. So, I didnt follow the diet completely but made little adjustments that I dont think added too many calories overall.

Day 1: All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want.

Weighed myself.

Ate a quarter watermelon for breakfast. Lunch was 2 apples+2 pears+1 tsp. honey+cinnamon zapped in microwave for about a minute and a half until the juices started flowing. A great addition to this would be peaches, nectarines, any fruit which can be baked. Felt weak and light-headed during the day so in the afternoon I ate a quarter cup rice with moong dal (yellow lentils). Headache went away immediately. Some grapes around tea time and for dinner 1 small serving butternut squash soup with 5 croutons.

Reccos: Cook fruits in the microwave to whatever level of firmness you like. You can make a fruit salad, or a fruit smoothie with a dollop of non-fat yogurt. For pineapples or grapefruits - Cut the fruit into small pieces, finely chop 1 green chilly, finely chop coriander leaves. Mix together.

Day 2: All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.

Same weight as previous day.

1 Baked potato w. a yogurt topping. Ok, baked potatoes are seriously overrated, mine was mealy, maybe I baked it too long? Lunch and dinner was a bowl of chinese stir-fry. 1 cup of soup during the day. Also, drank tea (no sugar, dash of milk) with 3 digestive biscuits. Felt light-headed and and weak again during the day, but the stir fry was tasty and satisfactory. Had no cravings.

Chinese Stir-Fry: Heat 1 tsp oil in a wok. Add minced ginger and garlic and fry till aromatic. Add vegetables (bok choy, mushrooms, carrots, brocolli, french beans, tofu etc) and stir fry them on high heat for 2-3 mins. Season with soy sauce. Take off heat and add scallions and toasted sesame seeds.

Reccos: Try a tofu scramble - small amount of tofu scrambled with onions, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms. Roast/grill portabello mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and eat tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Day 3: A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.

Lost 1 lb.

Breakfast was a quarter cup dry lentil prep (moong dal) with pumpkin added. Lunch was a large bowl of butternut squash soup with croutons and 2 fat-free crackers. Evening tea + 2 digestives. Dinner was a fruit salad of grapes, 1 apple, 2 pears and 2 oranges. Was very busy through the work day so did not notice any exceptional weakness or headaches as per previous day. No food cravings either.

Reccos: Vary whatever you cooked on previous day so you dont feel like you are eating the same thing.

Day 4: Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.

Gained 0.5 lbs :(

Breakfast was 2 bananas+blueberries+almond+chocolate milk shake with a dollop of yogurt for creaminess. Had the same shake in the evening instead of tea. 2 Bananas eaten during the day. Soup for lunch and dinner with croutons. No weakness but suffered a stomach upset.

Reccos: Try different flavours of milkshakes as listed above. A variation is an Indian prep called shikran - mash the bananas a little bit, add milk to it and cardamom powder. My mom would also add sugar but I dont think it's needed. The milk to bananas should feel like eating cereal.

Day 5: You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes.

Same weight as previous day.

No time for breakfast, lunch and dinner was 2 cumin crusted chicken breasts (I added 1 tsp. chilli powder to the recipe because I need some heat with my food) with huge quantities of tomato relish (added pepperoncinis to recipe) as side. Chicken was delicious and very satisfying. Stomach was perfectly fine the entire day.

Reccos: I know it says hamburger is ok, but if you have problems with controlling yourself around food eating a burger without the buns can lead to some serious cravings. So, my point, dont try it. For variations on the tomatoes, try frying them like they are served in the English breakfasts. Make a virgin bloody mary. Or stir-fry beef with onions, tomatoes and black pepper powder.

Day 6: Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.

Lost 2 lbs.

Breakfast was 1 cup of tea with 2 digestives. Lunch was 1 small slice of meatloaf with stir-fried veggie leftovers from Day 2 and a roasted tomato-red pepper-parsley sauce for the meatloaf. Evening - I had 1 cup of coffee w. 1 tsp. sugar and 2 digestives. Dinner was a meatloaf sandwich with the remainder of the stir-fry as a side.

So, I did badly this day. It's only because while I found a really nice recipe for meatloaf, I forgot that I HATE it. So, I couldnt eat any of the nice lunch I spent about an hour prepping and cooking and had to fill myself up with the veggies. Felt weakish, though this was probably because of my disappointment with the food so added sugar to my coffee to fortify myself. And since I had a mountain of leftovers I put another small slice between bread just to make myself eat it. And unfortunately my soup got over on day 4 and I was too lazy to make any more.

Day 7: Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

Same weight as previous day.

Ginger tea in the morning and evening with 2 crackers each time. Lunch was a vegetable fried rice w. broccoli, carrots, snap peas, mushrooms, bell peppers, scallions, ginger+garlic. Dinner same fried rice with a side of stir-fried bok choy with cashews. Also drank a grapefruit+orange+lemon juice in the afternoon. No after-effects or weakness or headaches or cravings. Feeling light and happy weight-wise.

Day 8:

Same weight as Day 7.

So, the net result was I lost 2.5 lbs. Yeah, I was pissed initially, the bad vibes starting on day 4 itself. But, on reflection I realise it's because I dont have much weight to lose. I'm 5'3" and 119 lbs which is normal. When I did this before I was carrying some excess weight which is why I saw the more dramatic weight loss. So, basically this just means that the amount of weight loss depends on how much you have to lose.

You know with research how even if you dont get results, it qualifies as a step forward because you just proved a theory isnt possible. Well, if you are thinking of this diet, I hope it will give you an idea if it will work for you or not.

For me I realize that instead of weight loss what I really wanted to do is tone my body. Which means getting my lazy ass off the couch and into the gym. Sigh.


Angel's Flight said...

Wow u r disciplined!

U should try my and then dont weigh ur self! :D

Mama - Mia said...

wow!! i can nEVER diet! apal just called for a cheesy lunch and jumped and said yes! sigh!


Bouncing-Bubble said...

gasp!I felt light headed even reading thru what u ate!
and yes, I am SERIOUSLY doing everything to get into my old clothes.. hmmm

Smita said...

Last time I tried this I couldn't last beyond day 2. When I had opened my tiffin box and seen salad I had almost puked. And u know what? I ended up ordering yummiest aloo paratha's...

And I agree with the last line..sometimes we need to move out of our homes to control & exercise work hand in hand :-)

But yes that was a wonderful way to put this diet...with the necessary tips..I will save this one...may be one day when I have the will power hehehe

eye-in-sty-in said...

can I laugh? ok.. as ur friend, I wont! and i'll try to keep a straight face... hahahahaha!

itni mehenat and no result!!

Let me quote Obama.... "This problem was not created in a day" (dramatic pause) " and we cannot solve it in a day!" (purse lips and look at the camera) "The problem was not created by a single thing and there is no single solution!" (another dramatic pause) "I am not saying it is going to be easy, but with hard work (read gym) and some sacrifice (read food), we will get the desired results!"

Lemme know if u need tips on dieting... (as well read as u are, I'm sure you know how it works!) else u can follow Shalu's method! Its damn easy and likeable too :P

couchpapaya said...

angel, abha, bubbles - sometimes i have enough inspiration. yall know what a pig i was on my trip to india :D

smita - hey, that's exactly why i cooked the veggies!!!! raw is awful, generally i can eat salad quite a bit, just had some for dinner today, but when ur forced to it it's awful. the first time i had the same feeling, opened my box, almost puked and went out for an indian buffet. and i still lost all that weight :S

EISI - enuff with the barbs and spikes :D .... ehh already tried the food, now i'm going to do the gym thing. which is so difficult to restart after 4 months! atleast it's spring yay!!!

eye-in-sty-in said...

barbs n spikes... lol!

gym is the best way to go abt it... u just need to start it babe! No excuses!

Smita said...


U know what? For last 1 month I have been trying small meals in every 2 hrs and it is showing result. ALso I have started having kheera & carrots in afternoon....It was ok for a week...uske baad I almost gave myself a break and have started again ;)

But seriously I have changed my eating habits a lot and the result is losing weight every week but yes am also going for aerobics...:)

couchpapaya said...

EISI - waaaahh i know :( so how do u motivate urself into going to the gym?? pliss to tell!

smita - kheera is poha? heh yeah dotn eat it everyday is all i can say, vary or eat it with cucumbers or something. have tried many diets over my life and variation is the only way that they work.

but, good for u, lady! read on ur blog too abt ur weight loss results, am glad for u!!

for me i wanted to be 115 lbs. but, i think i'm happy with where i am now .... just need to keep it that way :D

eye-in-sty-in said...

Motivation can come in many forms...

For me, it was in 2 rounds... 1st was a friendly competition with my friend to see who wd be the biggest loser... ofcourse, we both lost 15 Lbs in a month so we were both happy!

The 2nd goal was to get a 6-pack! That took some doing and it was not at all easy! However, i found that if you have a passion for a particular thing (like Martial arts for me) it usually helps as you are not "working out" but having fun.

The place where u work out is v. imp - my gym was shabby at first glance, but the people who worked out there were very friendly and offered me great tips! This made me go there often as opposed to another "supposedly upscale place" where I went 4 times in 12 months!

You can also make a promise to yourself -
E.g. if a person is plain lazy but likes to watch TV, then make a pledge that you'll watch ur fav. show while on the treadmill! As you now have a diversion, your mind wont be bored... (yep, it's true, most people get bored before being tired)

There are many more innovative advices, but lets keep it PG... lolz!

So there you have it! Usually this piece of advice costs anywhere between $50-$500 depending on the type of car the person is driving, but as we're friends, I'll settle for a cake and a sexy movie revu from u!

(For the uninitiated: a sexy movie revu is not to be confused with a revu of a sexy movie)!

Smita said...

Lol kheera is cucumber only :-)

couchpapaya said...

EISI - thanks a lot for all those ideas ... now to find the one that suits me :D i used to save all my lost watching for working out, but this season is so awesome that i HAVE TO watch it when it airs. and why do u have to make it tough for me?? couldnt it have been a sexy BOOK review? :(

smita - hehe the bengali word for poha is chira which is why i associated that ....

eye-in-sty-in said...

Ur most welcome. First of all, you gotta tell me - How can you watch Lost? I can never make sense of that show! (perhaps its bcoz I dont watch it regularly!) (this is my 3rd perhaps while replying to your comments! ... lol)
It cannot be a sexy book revu coz that'd be too easy for ya - and the good things in life may be free, but they dont come easy... muhahahaha!

couchpapaya said...

i LOVE lost ... it has everything i cld imagine in a tv show, great sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, acting, locations, Sawyer :D

the thing with lost is u shld have followed it from the first (without missing even one episode) that's the only way things 'kinda' make sense. i esp. love a show that keeps me guessing and one whose story arc is so well thought out that it starts a mystery in the 1st couple of seasons which are now being solved in the final ones. anyways, let me not get started :D

so, which tv shows do u watch?

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Ideally, nutritionists recommend that for the best results in nutrition and weight loss, you should eat about 2 cups of papaya every day. The fruits range widely in size and weight (from 7 to 20 inches long and from 1 to 20 pounds), so it is best to measure in cups than by the number of fruits themselves.

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