Captain's Table

Mark Austen

2019.03.21 - Fast 800 Day 4

So, how is it going? Well, we went shopping yesterday as usual, only this time, instead of buying all the normal stuff, we bought all the ingredients for one week of meals from the Fast 800 book. Our larder does not have many of the staples required so the total was a staggering £130. However, many of the things we bought will last for several weeks so I don't expect next week's shopping bill to be quite so high.

Until now we have been winging it, just working out the calories for our normal breakfast and then only making enough to give between 300 and 400 calories, and the same for dinner. Even so, after 4 days I have lost 2.2 kg (4 lb 13 oz) in weight and 3.5cm (1 3/8") from around my waist. On any other diet that would be astonishing and probably cause for concern, but not for this diet. In fact, in order to "prove" the method, Michael Mosley deliberately over ate until he was 6 kg (just under a stone) overweight and then tried the 800 diet and recipes and lost all that weight in 3 1/2 weeks. This is pretty much in line with the weight loss I am seeing personally.

I am pleased at the progress. Tina has had similar results.

Today was our first day of meals from the book and I have to say that around 800 calories can give you a lot of food! It will be very interesting for the next few weeks as I cook a number of things that I have never cooked before. Today's breakfast, for example, was "Smashed Avocado on Dark Rye Bread" (290 calories). Basically, a thin slice of dark rye bread covered in mashed avocado (with lemon juice and olive oil) topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and seasoned with salt and black pepper. Tasty and filling. I had to look up how to toast pumpkin seeds!

This is a photos from the book of today's food. Well, I didn't add the red pepper on the avocado, but the rest is the same. Oh, and as shown, the breakfast is two portions but the dinner is just one.

The verdict after just four days on the diet is "so far, so good".

Since Tina works in an office which is not close to home, I will be making our lunches every morning, boxing hers and putting mine in the fridge. It won't be quite as nice and tasty as freshly cooked but it is really the only thing we can do since as soon as Tina gets home from work she sees to the horses and by the time that is done it is 20:00 or later and really too late to be eating if you want to be leaving at least 12 hours between eating on one day and the next. We are aiming, and so far succeeding, at 16:8 where all the food we consume during the day is consumed in 8 hours (08:30 - 16:30) and then no calories are consumed until the next day (16 hours). This is not as difficult as it might seem since black tea, black coffee, fruit teas and water contain negligible or no calories and can be consumed as often as desired. There are a number of other things in the book that have negligible calories and can be added to various dishes to bulk them out a bit, but I don't think we are going to need them.

Are there any drawbacks? Well, my mouth tastes sour and peculiar at times and our urine stinks to high heaven, both as a result of one of the by products of fat utilisation, ketones. This is expected but until you experience it you have no idea of just how smelly things can get.

Apart from these we have not had any problems although I can see that there might be a problem in a June as we will be going on two holidays with friends and, although Tina will be finished with the 800 diet and on the 5:2 for the first trip, I'll still be on the main diet. However, for that holiday I will just cook for myself and for the other I'll either be off the 800 per day diet or I'll switch over to the 5:2 and on the 2 fast days I'll cook double portions for the our friends and single portions for Tina and myself.

Where there's a will, there's a way!

I wonder how much weight I can lose?

Stay tuned...