The Coffee and Sugar Diet - I Lost 2 and a Half kg in 5 Days
Eating Plan Per Day
My own starting point:
Saturday morning 9 June, 2012
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.
WARNING OR DISCLAIMER ABOUT THIS DIET
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 in April 2012 weight: 85 kg, 15 to 17 kg overweight
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.
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!