Well! Day one is over. Below I will give you our starting measurements and fill you in on what we got to eat and how it made us feel.
My measurements: -
Male, Aged 33
Weight 70.5kg (11st 3 lb)
Body Fat - 9.6kg (21 lb)
Body Fat % =13.6 Recommended level is 13-19%
Lean mass - 60.9kg (134 lb)
Female, Aged 35
Weight - 78.8kg (12st 6 lb)
Body Fat - 26.2kg (57 lb)
Body Fat %= 33.2% Recommended level is 21-29%
Lean Mass 52.6kg (116 lb)
As you will see, I am close to the bottom of my recommended body fat levels. However this is ok for two reasons. One is that this is just a trial. I am doing this so that I can give you honest feedback. It is not how I intend to live.
Secondly, this is relevant for some athletes and bodybuilders and with my being of very lean build, I should expect to be close to the bottom anyway.
So - to the food: -
I had treacle and pecan granola with some of my milk allowance. As I was training early I also had my snack which was a banana fruit bar. It was a lot less cereal than I would normally eat when trying to maintain or gain weight, but I felt surprisingly satisfied after it.
In late morning I had another snack. This is one of the great things about this plan, you can eat a little more on one day by taking it off another. It all balances out as long as you only eat what is in the hamper and the exact extras you have been allocated. As I am not training tomorrow, I had a pack of oaty crisps (tomato and herb) and tomorrow will have no snack.
For lunch I had Chorizo and Bean soup, and was pleasantly surprised that it was full of beans, not watery like I expected. I had a slice of toast with this.
In the afternoon I had an orange and a yoghurt. I am going to use a yoghurt as one of my 100 calorie "upgrades" as I too need calcium due to high activity levels.
For tea I had a delicious Beef in Black Velvet Porter. No idea what that is but it was very tasty. I had a portion of curly kale and one of asparagus. I topped up with 2 slices of bread.. Again I was surprisingly full after what seemed to be a smallish portion.
I finished with a milkshake this evening, which should take my total to the right number of calories.
How did I feel? Actually I have felt very satisfied all day, and have been surprised at that. The best thing is that the food so far was absolutely delicious. My friend reports similar experience and has felt fulfilled and enjoyed her food today. She had meatballs and green beans for tea and the same soup as me for lunch and enjoyed them both.
One thing that needs to be considered is my actual intake. I wrote down everything I ate today and found that I have only taken in under 1500 calories. I have not included the bag of oat crisps that I "borrowed" from tomorrow. So why could this be an issue? Well as the people at Dietchef rightly say, it is not only a little dangerous, but also false economy to lose weight too quickly. If you eat less than the recommended amount then you will not lose fat but lean tissue (mainly muscle). This in turn makes it harder for you to maintain the weight loss in future.
I worked out that the calories I was given in my pack worked out at 879 for today. That does seem slightly low given that it is supposed to be a 1500 per day plan - only 60% of your requirement is provided. All I should need to add to get up to 1500 calories is 250ml milk and 3 portions of fruit/veg. I then added in 600 calories myself in milk, bread, fruit and vegetables. This still leaves me 400 calories short for today.
It may well be that this balances out over the week which is absolutely fine- it is not essential that you count every calorie every single day. However I will keep an eye on this over the week. Perhaps I made choices today that just happened to be lower in calories than the other options.
Today I had: -
Milk -250ml 90Kcal; Granola 40g -160 Kcal; Cocoa and Orange bar 131 Kcal; 1 slice bread -