So an old work colleague of mine has recently published a book. Alkaline 5 diet. By Laura Wilson (not to be confused with the novelist) She has run her own web page for a number of years. http://laurawilsononline.com/a5dbook and http://www.alkaline-diet-health-tips.com/
So wanting to help out i purchased a copy gave and gave it a read. The end part of the book is a 21 day eating guide to try the plan. This is my record of that 21 days.
What is the basis of the diet? well you’ll need to read the book. But i think it fair to say its a fruit and veg based plan. Don’t be put off by the book cover this IS NOT a juicing diet. There are juice meals in the plan but the majority is whole chewable foods not stuff that comes through a straw.
So tomorrow is Day 1 and i’ll give a write up about how it went.
Where i Begin, Well my diet currently is well very poor up until about 18months ago i had gone through a 2 year patch of being very active and eating pretty well, then i got a foot injury and had to stop jogging, i kept eating well but with big portions. I was at the time about 16.5 st which is around 230lb. i wasn’t slim but not a blob either i did my first half marathon in 2:28 in 2013 since then i’ve gained 7st of 100lb currently i’m weighing in at 23st 10lb which is 332lb.
My standard day is getting up at 5.30 to drive my other half to work as she doesn’t drive. then instead of using the time wisely i usually sit infront of the TV or xbox and occasionally i go back to bed for an hour and a half before work. I often intend to do something like yoga but i’m often tired, my foot still hurts alot and well the weight isn’t exactly making it easy to heal. My starting stats will be on the bottom of this post. work from 9-5 at a desk. get home at 5.15 to 5.30 stopping at kfc. then possibly eat chocolate or pringles and bed for 9.
What i expect, well naturally eaint fruit and veg all day with strict adherence to the plan (no pizza no mcmuffins and no kfc on the way home) there will be some obvious changes.
i) lots more fibre! with obvious consequences
ii) Caffeine, now on the plan there is no caffeine, i was a massive coffee addict. so this week in prep i have stopped the caffeine in order to get over the headaches and other come down problems. (not nice!)
iii) Calories. there is plenty of calories in the plan 26 bananas a week per person and lots of dates means plenty of energy. Also the evening meals contain bulgur wheat or rice so its not lacking substance. But being 330lb+ coming off the poor food i’d expect to drop some weight in the 21 days. realistically i’d expect to lose probably 7lb in water and other waste in the first week or so. and then possibly another 8-10lb over the next 2 weeks. (a lighter smaller person would not hit these numbers)
So to recap i’d expect to sit here typing this on the 5th of July at about 315lb. I’d imagine my skin would be better due to less fried food, i’d hope to be getting better sleep due to the lack of caffeine. Other than that i’m not expecting much.
W 332. (23st 10lb)
Biceps L 15 R 16 untensed straight arm
thigh L28 r 29 sat down mid thigh
Calf. both 19.
If there is a decent enough change i’ll post the photo comparison