My weight loss experience of the losing a stone in a week diet
Hello, my name is Glen Mackintosh and I work at Vivid Photo Visual. Previously, Graham had undertaken the ‘Lose a stone in a week’ diet and lost just under the stone. I think it is useful to provide you with a very brief synopsis of my weight and background.
I am 6ft1 (and I’m tons of fun and I dress to a tee). At the start of the last year, I weighed my heaviest ever at 14.7 stone. Through exercise, cutting out cheese sandwiches and aggressive betting with Graham, I got down to 13 stone. This has over time crept back up to my current weight of 13.7 stone.
The reason why I want to do this diet is because even though I play football 2/3 times a week, I can not lose this weight. My friend also did this diet recently and lost 9 pounds, so if I lose something like that, I would be very happy.
I just wanted to provide a daily update on my experience of the this diet. This is not my diet so if you die then it is on you or your family.
Day 1 – Starting weight 13st 6Lb.8
1 slice of dry toast with 1 grilled tomato or tinned tomato.Was not looking forward to this but I just put some tomatoes onto the toast and it was surprisingly nice. The milk/sugar-less coffee was not easy to take, I can not remember the last time that I did not have milk. This was not going to be an easy week but it is only a week.
Fresh fruit any amount. This is where I messed up, the 2 bananas, 1 apple and half a punnet of Raspberries was no way near enough to suffice my increasingly hungry state. I should of doubled the amount taken and by the middle of the afternoon, I was starting to feel a bit sick and despondent. The black coffee was getting harder to take by each cup.
2 Hard boiled eggs, salad and grapefruit. Unsurprisingly I came home early (I was starving). After repeated requests to my wife to go nuts with the salad (of certain meals it is not about the quantity), my wife came through for me. Even before the Grapefruit, I felt satisfied and feeling much better, the grapefruit was the bitter icing on the non-existent cake. That night I felt pretty good although it was hard(ish) as we had friends over and my wife cracked open a new bottle of red wine we had just received.
This was one of the harder days because of the content and because it was a shock to the system. My lesson from today is go mad on the fruit option. Will update tomorrow.
1st Days Loss – 3.2lbs
Day 2 – 13st 3Lb.6
Grapefruit and 1 boiled egg. I am starting to like the pink grapefruits and I love boiled eggs, so the meal was not too bad. The only problem was my little girl requesting some of my egg and as she had said please I could not resist. I was not full but certainly was not hungry.
Grilled chicken and tomatoes and toast. On the diet sheet it did not stipulate the quality of toast as it normally would, so I took advantage of this and got my local sandwich shop to produce the thickest sandwich of chicken and tomatoes you have ever seen. Not exactly sure if the chicken was grilled (it looked it) but not too bothered as I was starving at this point.
Grilled steak and salad. My wife had visited the local market and bought some good quality but modestly sized steaks (even though I said several times to go large on the steaks). This was with some salad, which I made sure I finished all of it. The problem I was facing was this was football night, where I was expected to run around for well over an hour. I will say that my energy levels were certainly reduced, but that could be as much to do with the lack of food as much as the humidity.
When I got back home, there was nothing all night, no snacks, no cheese blocks, just isolation from all food. Sadly I have found myself getting excited about fruit tea. How the mighty have fallen.
I woke up this morning at 13.12st, not too shabby. You can start to see the weight-loss around my face but still the belly remains, hopefully diminished but still there. Onwards and inwards… See you tomorrow.
2nd Days Loss – 2.4lbs
Day 3 – 13st 1Lb.2
This diet has started to be miserable, I was in the park the other day and saw kids playing football. I wanted to kick the ball the other end of the pitch, so that they felt the misery that I am feeling at the moment.
I am listless, quick to cause an argument, always and I repeat (for emphasis), always thinking about food. You do forget that you are on the diet and think “ooh I will have a bowl of cereal” and then quickly remember that this is not allowed, no snacking folks. I think my little girl is my worried about my unnerving stare as she drinks her nightly milk. I miss milk.
To be fair I am being dramatic, it is not that bad at all and weirdly I am find evening time (normally our usual shared bag of chocolate with my wife, she has the majority) a lot easier than I thought I would.
Grapefruit and 1 boiled egg. Same as the day before and again my little girl using the key trigger of “please”, requested some of my egg, I duly obliged, although it was more of a slither of white coloured air than actual egg. Desperate times call for desperate measure people. Getting used to the grapefruit as I try to imagine them as bitter oranges.
Fresh fruit any amount. I have learnt my lessons from the previous day of fruit for lunch and to excuse my calculated pun, went bananas for the quantity of fruit. To be precise I consumed 2 bananas, 1 apple, a punnet of cherries, half a punnet of raspberries and 2 kiwis. Yes I felt a bit ill after this quantity but at least I was not hungry (my key goal). As the afternoon progressed, I did feel a bit lethargic, but that also could be due to the hot weather. But I have learnt my lesson…. eat a lot of fruit.
2 grilled Lamb chops and salad (I forgot to have the grapefruit allowed). On my drive home, even though I had told my mum I was dieting, my mum then described in great detail, what she cooked for my brothers meal. This only made me place the car accelerator closer to the floor.
When I got home I must admit, my sole purpose was not to find out about my child’s picnic in the park, (more food talk), but to harass my wife to finish the food. Again I love Salad and the chops were lovely, so overall a good and enjoyable meal.
I woke up this morning at 13.02st, so while the weight-loss has slowed down, it is still going down. My wife commented this morning on my weight-loss around my face and torso. I have football tonight, so we will see how the energy levels are. Onwards and inwards… See you tomorrow.
Day 4 – 13st 0Lb.2
I feel I must start with a semi apology, a good friend of mine pointed out that I has misplaced a few words in my previous update. This might be true but whilst it looks like I dedicate half the morning to this, in reality it is about 5 minutes.
My daily food lust has spilt over into the night. I long to have a normal cup of tea. Soon… Although she is thinking that she is quiet, I can hear my wife eating biscuits and chocolate in the kitchen. It nice for her to hide her gluttony, but it only exacerbates my pangs of hunger. The chinese banquet I am having on Monday is invading my dreams and becoming the main focus of my life.
1 slice of dried toast. 1 slice of dried toast….. I will let that sink in for a moment. 1 slice of dried toast, it is as unexciting and tasteless as it sounds. I have had to call in my new best friend, introducing Mr lemon juice. Whilst I m not the biggest fan of lemon juice in general, it has over the duration of this diet being called into action numerous times, just to make the food a bit less dry. This time my little girl was not pestering daddy for any of my food.
Fresh fruit any amount. Having learnt my lesson, I again went overboard on fruit quantity. I had 1 apple, 1 banana, half a punnet of raspberries, half a punnet of strawberries and 2 kiwis. I love fruit but having this amount of fruit in one go is not the nicest situation. To be fair, this surely has to be the first time that I have ever had my 5-a-day recommended daily allowance (I await some clever bod to point that statement out as incorrect “actually 2 kiwis would only constitute half a portion”).
2 Hard boiled eggs and salad (I did not have the grapefruit allowed). Whilst it is getting monotonous, I am still partial to a salad and I love eggs anytime, so it was not too bad. Not that I am becoming obsessed with weighing myself (I am lying to myself) but I weighed myself before and after football. 13.1st before and 12.12st after my 75 minutes of football.
I do not know whether it was the lack of energy, the hot temperatures or me throwing myself around the pitch, but it was hard and I could feel it afterwards, I even woke up with stiff legs this morning. Having said all that, I had lost 3 pounds in the process, so it was a good step in the right direction. This was the first time since my early 30s that I have been under 13st, so I did feel somewhat elated.
I woke up this morning at 12.11st, so it was a big jump in weight-loss from the previous day, although I attribute some of this to the diet, the main thrust came from the football. Onwards and inwards… See you tomorrow….
Day 5 – 12st 11Lb
It is on the home front now as I can see an end to this week. I felt good to have lost 10 pounds so far and also that on Monday I do not have to have just fruit for Lunch.
My wife has done a diet-lite but still has some chocolate biscuits at nighttime. As mentioned she eats them in the kitchen away from my eyes and over the sink which cuts down on crumbs around the house.
I do find myself wistfully thinking and talking with family and friends about food as if I was some elderly person recollecting on what used to be.
1 slice of dried toast. 1 slice of dried toast….. it does not get any better. What more can I say.
Fresh fruit any amount. This is getting hard, I love fruit but as a main meal it is becoming painful. Again went mad and had 1 banana, 1 apple, a punnet of strawberries and 2 kiwis. It is becoming a marathon.
Fresh Fish and Salad. My wife prepared a lovely Sea bass, which was joined by, yes you have guessed it…. salad. Unlike fruit, I am still enjoying salad so not too much of a problem. What was a problem, was I then attended a good friend’s family barbecue. It looked a lovely spread and was not easy to watch people drinking alcohol and tucking into sausages. This social situation was made worse, when they offered my daughter a sausage and it had to brush past my mouth to make sure it was not too hot for her. Anyway 2 more days.
I woke up this morning at 12.11st, so no drop at all. Maybe today’s breakfast of Grapefruit juice will aid the weight-loss. Onwards and inwards… See you tomorrow….
Day 6 – 12st 11Lb
Weekend update as I did not have the time to do this yesterday.
1 glass of grapefruit juice. What more can I say.
Fresh fruit any amount. This diet has pushed me to the edge with the quantity of fruit I have eaten. Thankfully this has been the last lunch of fruit.
Grilled Chicken Carrots and Grapefruit. Not a fan of cooked carrots but they were steamed just right by my wife, so not too bad. Used some juice from the grapefruit, to make the chicken tastier and less dry. Seemed to work.
My wife forced me to go and get some chocolate for her, on the proviso that I needed a large amount of eggs for the final day (I could of got the eggs in the morning). Even had to fetch (not whipped she was holding the baby) the bag of sweets from the kitchen for her. Liberties..
I woke up this morning at 12.11st, so no drop at all.
Day 7 – 12st 11Lb
This is the final day and to be fair not a bad day to finish on. There is a lot of eggs and a steak meal at the end.
Scrambled eggs and Grilled or tinned tomatoes. This is more like, 4 eggs scrambled (quantity not important) and some tinned tomatoes. Great breakfast, felt full up.
2 Poached eggs. Since my 7 am breakfast, I had not had anything to eat. After meeting friends, by 2.30pm my stomach was eating itself. Thankfully my wife and mum produced two lovely poached eggs on a bed of spinach and I was full for now.
Grilled Steak and Salad. I bought 2 medium steaks from the market and made a nice meal with some salad. Again Mr Lemon came out for seasoning.
This was my last night of in-effect fasting, so I drank my fruit teas and watched the F1 and tried not to think about my wife sitting next to me scoffing on gummy sweets and chocolate bars, drinking her milky beverages.
The diet for me had slowed down by this point as I think I had reached a plateau of weight. Now I was ready for my final weigh in tomorrow morning.
My final thoughts…losing a stone in a week diet
I woke up this morning at 12st 1oLb, so overall I had lost close to 11lb. Before I started the diet I did not believe I would achieve the full stone weight loss. This was because I did not think I had a stone to lose. A friend of mine had done the same diet but only lost 9lb (he had cheated with tomato soup).
So an 11lb lost is a really great result for me. I started the diet as I was not quite happy with my weight. I was struggling to lose weight through exercise or my relatively (too much cheese) good eating.
So I used this diet as a get rich scheme to lose the weight. This would be a catalyst to turn my lifestyle around somewhat. I do think I have somewhat changed my outlook to food. This week has taught me that I don’t need the bowl of cereal at 10pm, chocolate should be a treat not a prerequisite of my daily diet. Also no more crisps, they are the devils food.
At the end of the day, it was not an easy week, I missed milk and cheese the most. I missed having the ability to have what I want when I want, but the flip side of that is I got to a weight I have not seen in years and I can use this as springboard for a slightly healthier lifestyle and to be a bit trimmer.
I believe you can easily lose weight with just a bit of discipline and pretty much any decent diet plan. This diet is a drastic measure and a quick fix that I hope I can continue into a healthier lifestyle. Thanks for reading and I am going to get off my high horse as I look forward to putting all the weight back on. This food binge will start with my Chinese banquet tonight.
I hope you found my ramblings useful and I wish you well in your own journey.
Just remember, until next time, take care of yourselves and each other! Much love.