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Waterfall Diet Diary Day 20

Day 20, Saturday 27th September

Weigh in: 12st 10.6lb (178.6lb or 81.2kg), 21.1% body fat.

So, eating normally again led to a weight gain of 1.8lb.

Not as big a rise as yesterday but still the wrong direction!

Today we were at a seminar most of the day.

Early start so I skipped breakfast.

Lunch was cooked chicken and salad followed by some fruit and a few nuts & dried fruit.

Evening meal: some more cooked chicken and salad the remainder of the fruit & nuts/fruit mix.

Not the most varied day for food but tasty and easy.

Not really anything else to report today.

Waterfall Diet Diary Day 19

Day 19, Friday 26th September

Weigh in: 12st 8.8lb (176.8lb or 80.4kg), 21.1% body fat.

So, eating normally again led to a weight gain of 2.6lb.

I guess this means that there’s different water retention during a water fast than afterwards.

On the plus side, my blood pressure is a lot lower: 130/81 which I’m really happy about.

Normal eating again today:

Muesli with blueberries and a banana and soya milk.

A few nuts and some dried fruit as a snack during the day.

Main meal: brown rice stir fry with onion, garlic, red pepper, peas, chicken. Some spice (I used some no salt balti curry powder) and black pepper. A banana and some grapes for dessert.

No hill walk but I did about an hour of walking as my car needed some work done on it and the main dealer (it was that kind of work!) is about 30 minutes walk away.

Early start tomorrow as we’re at a seminar in Milton Keynes which is about 2 hours drive away. My friend is preparing the food we’ll be taking with us and I’ll be bringing along some fruit and some herbal teas.

 

Waterfall Diet Diary Day 18

Day 18, Thursday 25th September

Weigh in: 12st 6.2lb (174.2lb or 79.2kg), 20.6% body fat.

Yesterday was the third day of the water fast and today’s weight was another 1.4lb drop.

Back to reasonably normal eating now until the first Waterfal Diet test starts a week Monday.

Breakfast: muesli with blueberries and a chopped up banana, soya milk.

Lunch was a snack of mixed nuts and dried fruit.

Not much exercise today – a kind of rest and recuperation day after the three day water fast.

Evening meal was turkey chilli but this time with baked potato (one each) and a baked sweet potato shared between us. It’s nice to be eating something that’s very close to a normal meal.

We’re both going to a seminar on Saturday so we’ll be making a packed lunch.

The diet works better on a “think ahead” basis and we tested our own Waterfall Diet version of Marie Rose sauce.

Instead of mayo – which is off limits due to the egg – and rather than using shop bought no-egg mayo – which has some odd ingredients and a fair amount of salt – we’re going to be making our own.

I remembered from one of my previous diet times that yogurt makes a reasonable substitute so we did a taste trial using two yogurts that were in the fridge: sheep’s yogurt and soya yogurt. A dollop of yogurt and a squirt of tomato puree, mixed together.

We couldn’t taste much difference between the two.

Neither is mayo based (obviously) and that does show up on the taste test but we both think that won’t be as much of an issue once the prawns are mixed in and we’ve squeezed some lemon over things.

Which is good because thinking ahead is definitely necessary when so many things are off limits.

Waterfall Diet Diary Day 17

Day 17, Wedesday 24thSeptember

Weigh in: 12st 7.6lb (175.6lb or 79.8kg), 20.9% body fat.

Second day of second water fast and down another 1.4lb to my lowest since I started recording my weight in 2001.

There’s obviously still some water weight being got rid of – I couldn’t lose that amount of weight just by only drinking water.

Reasonably easy day – my friend has been feeling it more than me but we’re both more tired than normal. And the walk on the hill was a lot harder today – I was out of breath significantly earlier than normal.

There’s (literally) a nasty taste in my mouth and the roof of my mouth feels like it’s been lined with something upleasant. I’ve not got too close to anyone as I suspect my breath isn’t exactly pleasant either.

Fairly certain this is the state the Atkins Diet calls ketosis which means our bodies are using the fat they’ve stored up which is good.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s breakfast!

Waterfall Diet Diary Day 16

Day 16, Tuesday 23rd September

Weigh in: 12st 9.0lb (177.0lb or 80.5kg), 20.2% body fat.

A 3lb drop – that must have been more water weight but I’m happy with the first day’s water fast results!

Lots more water again today – lost count of the number of pints but it’s well above the 8 glasses a day suggestions. Probably close to double that.

Drinking lots of water helps the body to deal with toxins and wash them out. And by the number of times I’ve used the toilet today that seems very likely.

No hill walk but a fair bit of walking around town. Less strenuous but at least we got some exercise in.

Waterfall Diet Diary Day 15

Day 15, Monday 22nd September

Weigh in: 12st 12.0lb (180.0lb or 81.8kg), 21.7% body fat.

Down slightly which is good but not really much change since the water fast at the start of the experiment.

Today is the first of three days water fast, then it will be back to regular eating before the first test (wheat) starts in two weeks time.

A few stomach rumblings today but I’ve been drinking copious amounts of water. Also had a free peppermint tea at Waitrose thanks to their MyWaitrose card.

A 40 minute walk on the hill means I’m still getting exercise so that’s good – found it reasonably easy going despite the lack of calories today.

Not much else to report and I guess since there’s no food element the next couple of days will be similarly short entries but there’s a discipline in typing this daily and going public with the results rather than just reporting them to my friend.

Waterfall Diet Diary Day 14

Day 14, Sunday 21st September

Weigh in on the new Tanita Scales: 12st 12.4lb (180.4lb or 82kg), 22% body fat.

Up a pound again – this is getting annoying! I don’t think I ate excessively yesterday and essentially I’m at around the same weight as I was at the end of the initial water fast. My friend isn’t dropping weight as fast as he’d like either so we’re both going to do another water fast from Monday to Wednesday before the week and a half before the 4 week test period starts.

The worry is that this kind of fluctuation could make the testing weeks awkward to interpret as I’ve got to put on several pounds for it to be conclusively water weight. My new scales do claim to measure water weight so maybe I’ll have to pay more attention to that figure.

Fruit for breakfast – grapes and a banana.

Sunday roast – same as last Sunday.

Evening: more fruit. Plus the celery drink.

We didn’t do our regular walk yesterday but managed to do one today so hopefully the exercise will keep our metabolism working OK.

I’ve probably not drunk as much water/herbal tea today as I should do but have probably had 6 or 7 glasses so not too far off. And still time for another glass or two before going to sleep.

Waterfall Diet Diary Day 13

Day 13, Saturday 20th September

Weigh in on the new Tanita Scales: 12st 11.4lb (179.4lb or 81.5kg), 22% body fat.

Slightly up (so is my friend) – which is a bit annoying as we’re both eating under 2,500 calories a day and this kind of fluctuation will make it harder to run the tests in the final four weeks.

Fairly lazy day today apart from watching a steam train with my friend and his one year old daughter. He took a video on his new iPhone but hasn’t yet worked out how to upload the slow motion side of it to YouTube – the slow motion plays on the iPhone fine. It’s probably one of those things that’s easy when you know how.

Breakfast of muesli with blueberries and soya milk.

Lunch: the other half of yesterday’s gaucamole with a tin of sardines (canned in oil, no added salt, drained) and a few tomatoes.

Evening meal: Stir fry. I thawed some frozen fish earlier in the day. Boiled some brown rice. While that was cooking, diced an onion, chopped a pepper, part thawed some green beans, squeezed a peeled clove of garlic, grated some ginger, chopped the thawed fish. Then once the rice had cooked I drained it and put it under a running cold tap so that it cooled quickly without the grains sticking together. Then fried all the vegetables in some olive oil in a wok, added the fish and some seasoning (I used about a teaspoon of some Thai red curry powder, about a tablespoon of some no-wheat soya sauce and some freshly grated pepper) then added the rice for the last couple of minutes.

It’s well worth preparing everything in advance for wok cooking as it cooks fast and there’s not really much time to do anything other than stir it.

Water & herbal tea during the day, celery juice in the evening.

Waterfall Diet Diary Day 12

Day 12, Friday 19th September

Weigh in: 12st 12.2lb (180.2lb or 81.9kg), 21.3% body fat.

Or on the new Tanita Scales: 12st 11lb (179lb or 81.4kg), 21.2% body fat.

I’ll use the two in parallel for another day or two.

Early start today as my friend decided he wanted a new Apple iPhone 6 so we drove down to Bristol at the crack of dawn so he could queue for a few hours to get it. Apple gave us water to drink in the queue and offered croissants, biscuits and sweets at various times. We accepted the water but turned down the other things.

Lunch: I’d had two avocados ripening and I used those to make a quick guacamole by scooping out the avocados, chopping up a small onion, mixing them together with some lemon juice, black pepper and Tabasco sauce. I divided it into two and will eat the second portion over the weekend. I opened a can of mackerel in oil – this one had no added salt but quite a few brands add salt so read the label – and drained it. A quick and colourful lunch, followed by an apple and some grapes.

Evening meal: frozen tuna steak wrapped in foil and sprinkled with black pepper, dried herbs and lemon juice and then cooked as per the instructions on the packet. At the same time as that was cooking, I sliced up a red pepper, cut it up and cooked it for the same time as the fish. I also made some home made potato wedges: cut a potato into 8 wedges, mix some paprika and olive oil together and coat the wedges. They take about 20-25 minutes in a fan oven set at 200C. Near the end of the cooking time I boiled some peas and served them with the juices from the cooked tuna rather than butter.

Less water today because of the car journey but still a reasonable amount.

And a glass of celery juice of course.

Weight loss at the moment isn’t spectacular but the main point of the waterfall diet is to find what is putting on water weight. Apart from that it’s essentially eating sensibly – subject to the various “no” items – with as little as possible prepared by someone else.

Waterfall Diet Diary Day 11

Day 11, Thursday 18th September

Weigh in: 12st 12.4lb (180.4lb or 82kg), 23.4% body fat.

Down 0.2lb, always assuming the scales are right.

My early birthday present arrived today so tomorrow will be the Tanita scales. Yay!

The usual water/celery juice/herbal tea to drink.

And the usual walk – slower today as it’s been really muggy.

Breakfast: muesli with a fig chopped into it & soya milk.

Lunchtime snack of some no-salt, no wheat crackers with 100% peanut butter, followed by a banana.

We were in a rush today as I’ve been working on a new website and I needed to get a lot of sample data into it. And after the evening meal I needed to drive across to Cirencester to visit my mother who’s in hospital there.

So the evening meal was a repeat of the king prawn curry with rice. Start to finish: 25 minutes cooking including boiling the kettle to get the rice going fast (brown rice takes 20 – 25 minutes according to the packet so we’re going for 22 minutes).