Our new Challenge, and yes this time it is a joint effort as it was Alan's idea to do this, is the 'Lose 14lbs in 7 Day's diet, sometimes known as 'The Chemical Diet'.
It is a diet that I've learned through extensive internet research, that is sometimes given to patients to do at home if they need to improve their health or reduce weight quickly before an operation. With this in mind Alan checked it out with his Diabetes Nurse when he went to get the results of his last fasting blood test. She was impressed with his new figures and said this would be good to keep him on the right track reducing all his numbers.
So with a medical nod that it was okay to do, we set off.
The shopping was easy, the menu you see above is it ... The Diet.
You do not deviate from what is allowed and you follow the instructions to the letter.
Unless you're me and you don't eat meat!!
So I found things as close to the original plan as I could possibly get and decided that I would eat fish, which is a pretty on and off thing for me at the moment, for the duration of the diet.
The mainstay of this diet seems to be grapefruit and eggs, I guess this is why it's called the chemical diet. All that protein and citrus in your system must have some effect.
The healthy aspect of it I think, is that you are most definitely getting more than your five a day, every single day which can't be a bad thing. There's no snacking between meals and there are lots of fluids. I'm lucky that I already drink my coffee black ... Alan likes milk in both coffee and tea, so he's not looking forward to that aspect of the diet
Well time to get cracking then, first stop the bathroom scales.
I'll be back each day with our foods and thoughts.