This was my lunch last weekend. A huge plate of fish and chips. Hot, crisp batter jacketing the sweetly steamed fish inside, a pile of chips, salty as you like and sharp with splashes of vinegar, and a dollop of mushy peas, smooth and comforting, to soften any edges. I'd prepared for it with a long walk and a fast couple of pints of bitter then slowed down with a Pillastro. This is exactly the kind of lunch that makes the Diet Groove work so well. Of course this lunch puts weight on. No doubt about it. But on a Reload day that's exactly what you're supposed to do.
You don't lose weigh by eating chips. No s. Sherlock. But including a full-on high carb Reload like this as part of your regular diet is one part of making sure you are following a diet you can live with for good. No crash and burn, no giving up and putting on weight back on so fast you end up weighing more than you did before the diet.
The Reload prevents the body going into starvation mode, over compensating and piling calories back on. And it prevents you from treating a diet like a punishment regime that you can follow for so long but no longer.
The point is that when you have a the powerful effects of a Fast day at hand you can Reload and get straight back on track without missing a beat. It's the Groove in action.
And here's even more good news, it's not just one meal you can enjoy, it's whole days. Let me take you through my last week. The weekend was a bit of a treat. My Mum-in-law was here to baby-sit the children and Mrs P and I went away on our own for the first time in ages. We stayed in a little cottage by the sea in Suffolk, and spent the weekend walking in the countryside and, well, eating in pubs. From a diet point of view it went something like this:
Breakfast was toast and pain-aux-chocolat and croissants. We had a Chinese take-away on Friday night. The fish and chips were for Saturday lunch. In the evening I had mussels and steak. I didn't actually finish my chips so in many ways that was a high protein meal and less of a Reload but it certainly didn't feel like restraint.
I had a cheese toasty as a lunchtime snack on Sunday and spent some more time in the pub reading the papers by the fire.
A Scotch egg made another nice little snack. This one was dotted with black pudding. A definite bonus as far as I'm concerned.
You get the picture... a great weekend and Reload after Reload. So how does that work as part of a diet? Well, lets look at the Yo-Yo effect. I started off at 13st on the Friday. I didn't have the use of a set of scales over the weekend so I'm guessing, but I would have probably put on a pound or two with a few beers and a Chinese on Friday and then a lot more on Saturday and Sunday. When I reweighed myself on Monday I was 13.5. So two Fast days coming up... Breakfast each day looked like this:
... a simple hit of protein and roughage, via low-fat yoghurt and bran. Little for lunch - some chicken if I needed a bit to tide me over, and then a light supper of more protein - fish and chicken.
The week started with pure protein on Fast, and then I moved to Burn and added more vegetables.
Sometimes even just an easy cook dish from Waitrose.
And lots of vegetables - here as watercress in a delicious soup.
And then a great eggs and brancake breakfast on Burn days...
The week was still easy and delicious. Even Fast days don't ever mean going hungry, Food was light and delicious. And the Reload weekend weight just disappeared. Monday was 13st 5Tuesday 13st 4Then 13st 2 for a couple of days and back to 13st 0 on Friday. I didn't have too much of a blow out in Friday night. The take-away was Japanese - so lots of tuna and salmon sashimi and I was down to 12.13 on Saturday morning.
So, here I am, weighing a pound less than I weighed a week ago and all the better for a weekend eating the most outrageously fattening food. It is a brilliant way to diet.
This is how you lose weigh and stick to it. It's how I lost four and a half stone and it's how I keep it off. Not every weekend is such a blow-out by any means, but with Christmas coming I know I can indulge as much as I like and I'll be able to off-set again without a problem. It's a brilliant groove to get into and it works.
Will it work for you? I'm really interested to find out. The Grooves you'll need are all here. Try it and let me know.