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The Coffee and Sugar Diet - I Lost 2 and a Half kg in 5 Days

Updated on June 29, 2012

Eating Plan Per Day

My own starting point:
Saturday morning 9 June, 2012
age: 43,

build: medium, height: 1.78 metres,

weight 85.5 kg
(15 and a half kg to 17 and a half kg overweight)

goal: 68kg to 70 kg, or, at worst 73 kg (73 kg being just 3 to 5kg overweight)

5 days later: weight 83.0 kg

Eating plan per day:

4 to 8 cups of coffee a day, as and when you please, (I had each of mine with 2 sugars, and a bit of milk)

- I guess you could replace the coffee with tea if you prefer tea - your usual tea, or if your usual tea isn't a herbal tea perhaps have your usual tea half the time, and a herbal tea the other half of the time.

Try to eat only supper, whatever it is, without trying to make it healthier or a smaller portion than usual, unless you feel you can cope with that (cope with a healthier or smaller portion than usual, without feeling like you are starving or about to faint)

If you feel you absolutely have to eat at least one other time during the day (to help prevent feelings of starvation and fainting), perhaps by late morning or early afternoon, then do. Pretty much whatever you feel like eating, but try and avoid pies, pastries, cake etc

Also, 2 to 4 glasses of water a day (500ml to 1 litre)

One other drink per day, if you like - even fizzy cola - about 250ml, or 1 to 3 cups a day of a homemade very runny fresh (or from frozen) vegetable soup, with no salt, but add a sprinkling of dried herbs if you like.


Please note: This coffee and sugar diet is NOT a healthy diet. It is also merely an account of what I'm doing to lose weight, even if it is foolish or unhealthy, and an account of how I lost 2 and a half kg in 5 days. It should not be followed for more than a few days, perhaps just over a week at most - or, this "diet" should not be followed at all. Use your own discretion. I will not be held responsible for anyone falling ill from following this diet. Too much coffee can also cause you to feel jittery and even give you heart palpitations (if there's caffeine in your coffee.)

Also, people who are fairly often or very often physically active would need to eat more than is described in the eating plan of this diet. Use you own common sense when following or trying any diet, or get advice from a medical or health professional before starting any diet.

My thoughts on more drinking and less eating

I believe drinking more makes one feel less hungry. Also, I read somewhere that many of us are walking around each day slighly dehydrated without even realising it. My boyfriend's sister once even landed up at the doctor for a check up after feeling dizzy and faint, and almost collapsing without knowing the reason for it. Diagnosis? Dehydration. She'd simply forgotten to drink enough. This can happen to anyone if they are not making sure that they take in enough liquids each day.

Why did I choose this coffee and sugar diet, when I know it's unhealthy?

  • I have more than just 5 or 6 kg to lose, so it's not like I'm going to end up anorexic following this diet for just a week or so
  • I'm not currently being very physically active - mostly just driving kids to school and back and working at my pc
  • I smoke, so that also tends to help make me less hungry
  • I drink coffee regularly anyway
  • I am knowledgeable enough about health to eat more at any stage during the diet if I don't feel well
  • I do not plan to eat this little for the rest of my life
  • I weighed very close to the correct weight for my height when I was 17, and although that was a long time ago, it felt good, and I wouldn't mind weighing that again, even if just for a while
  • It was only 4 years ago, at age 39, that I was only 3 to 5 kg overweight for my height
  • Once my weight is down a bit, I am more likely to more seriously look at following a long-term healthier eating plan
  • My boyfriend is away for 3 weeks and I want to look thinner when he returns!

Me on the right, January 2009, weight: 73 kg, 3 to 5 kg overweight

Me on the right, January 2009, weight: 73kg, 3 to 5 kg overweight
Me on the right, January 2009, weight: 73kg, 3 to 5 kg overweight | Source

Me in April 2012 weight: 85 kg, 15 to 17 kg overweight

Me in April 2012 weight: 85 kg, 15 to 17 kg overweight
Me in April 2012 weight: 85 kg, 15 to 17 kg overweight | Source

So, what have I myself eaten in the past 5 days?

(besides drinking lots of sugared coffee and some water)

Saturday 9 June:
(Saturday afternoon weight: 85.5 kg)

Gee, difficult to remember, as I wasn't even really yet thinking of trying to lose some weight - hang on, got it! A plastic cup of sweet hot chocolate at about 9am (it's winter in South Africa at the moment) while standing with my boyfriend (he hadn't yet left for his 3 week trip) with beanies and scarves wrapped up against the cold and strong wind at my sons' school, watching my older son run in an Interschools' 8km trail run (he came second in the boys under 15 age group!)

Then in the afternoon, two ciders. Early evening: the bought-kind cuppa soup (veggie flavour) and 3 slices of buttered brown bread toast.

Sunday 10 June:

Tony was still with me. Lunch at and with my folks - mom's homemade Sunday lunch - this lunch was a piece or two of roasted chicken in a darkly colored fruity mayonnaise sauce, some butternut, some cauliflower with cheese sauce, rice with gravy, and a roast potato. Dessert was sticky-toffee apple crumble with bought ready-to-use custard over it.

Supper: a glass of fizzy cola

Monday 11 June:

Late morning: a bought curry pie

(just after Tony had left for his 3 week trip) (to go to the UK to be with his brother's family and attend his brother's funeral - his brother died of mesothelioma)

Round bread roll with delicatessen cold meat sandwich ham, cheese, and mayonnaise

Tuesday 12 June:

2 snackwiches (4 slices bread) (toasted sandwich with ends sealed together - not sure if they are also called snackwiches outside of South Africa!)

with sandwich ham and cheese in them

Later on Tuesday night: about 180ml fizzy cola

Wednesday 13 June:
(Wednesday morning weight: 83.6 kg)

At about 11.00 am: 2 slices toast with avocado pear on

1 slice of toast with warmed tinned spaghetti in tomato sauce on the toast

Later that night:
a packet of chips (crisps) and 7 small fruity toffees

Thursday (today) morning weight: 83.0 kg


I so far feel fine to carry on with this coffee and sugar diet for another few days, but am well aware to be careful. I look forward to losing a bit more weight and then looking at increasing my physical activity, and giving some attention to following a long-term healthy eating plan.

Weight Updates

My goal is 73kg. (3 to 5 kg overweight for my height) Let's see how I do over time:

Friday morning, 15 June 2012 --- 82.8 kg

Saturday morning, 16 June --- 82.0 kg

Sunday morning, 17 June --- 81.6 kg (weight loss in 8 days: 3.9 kg)

Monday morning, 18 June --- 81.8 kg

Tuesday morning 19 June --- 81.6 kg

Wednesday 20 June --- 81.4 kg

Thursday 21 June --- 81.4 kg

Friday 22 June --- 81.6 kg

Saturday 23 June --- 81.6 kg

6 days later Friday 29 June --- 81.2 kg

Saturday 30 June --- 80.6 kg - 4.9 kg down since I started 3 weeks ago ( 10 and a half pounds! ) and my man comes back today - Yay!


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    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ drpennypincher - I agree, and filling up on a liquid that isn't very fattening can help keep one full, so one eats less. All good.

    • drpennypincher profile image

      Dr Penny Pincher 

      5 years ago from Iowa, USA

      I started having only black coffee for breakfast, and I have been doing this now for over 10 years. Probably hundreds of calories less than a typical breakfast. If you like coffee, this is a good way to jump start a diet and can be sustained long-term as well.

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ christin53 - 10 days since you commented - how is your diet going? I'm glad I helped you realise you can do it if you put in a bit of effort - it's not too difficult, and you feel so good about yourself once you've lost a bit, even a tiny bit.

    • christin53 profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      You did well losing all that weight in such a short time. I too need to lose some weight about 10lbs would do. I love my coffee so will continue with that and replace my usual chocolate with fruit and have soup as my evening meal. You've made me realise I can do it with a bit of effort.

    • Astra Nomik profile image

      Cathy Nerujen 

      6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      A great way to stay in shape. Soups are good, I love them. Thank you for the great hub. :)

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Hi Astra - yes, you're right, each day should have some fruit and veg in it - and that can be included in the evening meal - and fresh veg can be included in the runny soup I mention.

    • Astra Nomik profile image

      Cathy Nerujen 

      6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Wow. Coffee and tea dieting? I know women who have tea instead of a meal, but they need to eat some healthy stuff like fruit and veggies too, surely...

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @MelChi - thanks - weight went up .(point - hope you see the point, lol)2 from yesterday morning to this morning, but I'm looking forward to weighing myself again tomorrow morning. Hopefully my weight will be down again. If not, it's not the end of the world - I know this sometimes happens, the weight sort of sits still for a while, then goes down again. I'm enjoying the experiment - thanks for the comment and vote!

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      There are too many diets out there that claim to work, it's good to come across one from someone that is real and actually does work! Very interesting experiment, it grabbed my attention immediately. Voted up!!

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank you Teresa!! I am always excited to hear from you!

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ Angela - thanks, lol, I think your energy keeps you healthy too - your energy and enthusiasm rubs off on all of us - keep it up!

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh My Teresa I just found that I hadn't been following you this is crazy! No wonder I have missed being updated by you! I can keep better track of you now. This is a good article and I totally agree drinking fills you up. I drink water constantly! Gives me great skin and keeps me healthy. I will share this!

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ Tonipet - glad you still sneak in a hot real coffee from time to time - but be careful not to get addicted to it and start drinking more and more again if it's bad for your health!

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Yup, like you, some friends of mine don't like rice or corn coffee, they say just isn't their taste. I wish I still could enjoy coffee (like you do)... but for health reasons, I have to shift my taste buds to the more native types :=) Sometimes I steal a cup of hot real coffee! :=)

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks, Tonipet - and I'm sorry to hear you can't drink as much coffee as you'd like to. Rice or corn coffee just doesn't sound tasty to me!

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Beautiful and resourceful. It may sound unhealthy but coffee in most studies can be healthy. I just learned loving coffee for 10 years now but I have to cut due to a too active thyroid. You're definitely right, too much coffee can cause heart palpitations (in my case)...and since I love prepared 3-in-1's, many times also brings me feeling sick. Now I roast and brew my own rice or corn coffee, which, I found giving me no issues. You're so determined, I admire you. Keep up and good luck.

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks, Michelle - I've never been interested in protein shakes, but for those that like them, your idea is great - to start out with them for the first 2 or 3 days, instead of cutting out some meals completely - and may even be better suited to those who are more physcially active, who consider going on a crash diet. Thanks for you comment!

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      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      This is a very interesting idea for a crash diet. I too remember the days of old, being 17 and in the best shape of my life. I'm about 60 lbs overweight and have vowed to get in better shape. What I find works better than cutting out meals is for the first 3 days going on a shake diet. For 2 or three days do nothing but drink protein shakes 3 times a day. It's a little healthier and can improve your metabolism better than cutting out meals entirely which in the long run will help you lose more weight. I wish you the best of luck on reaching your goals!


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