The 7-day diet that really works!


Too much indulgence?
Image: Beryl Cook

Some people thrive in the winter and look good. I’m not one of them!
Standing in front of the mirror the other day, I realised that it was time to take drastic action to re-vamp my appearance.
First step was a visit to the hairdresser’s. Yes, a definite improvement!
The next step was to start a drastic diet to kick-start my weight loss.
I’ve done this diet several times before and it’s infallible if you plan it in advance.
You can lose up to a stone, which is a great encouragement to carry on dieting sensibly.
NB One week is all that you should do it for!
You have to be in the right frame of mind to tackle it. But it’s only for seven days, so just count the days.
The secret of its success is not to let yourself feel hungry at all. If you feel any hunger pangs, eat something and have a drink of water, tea, coffee, or fruit tea.
Plan activities to keep you occupied, but try to avoid telling anyone, and don’t go out if you can avoid it!
All your so-called friends, even the larger ones, will tell you that you shouldn’t do it like that; you should do it like this! And do all your shopping before you start. This gets you ready, and stops you buying anything like chocolate biscuits.
And no alcohol at all! Come on, it’s only for a week!
Yesterday I worked my way through a pile of ironing and I have a lot of sewing to do today. A good book is a great standby too.
I find that I can do it effortlessly if I start on a Monday. Each day that follows makes it easier.

vegetablesMONDAY. Just fruit and skimmed milk. No bananas!
I had a good selection of fruit, including oranges, plums, strawberries, raspberries, and dried apricots.
And don’t forget that tomatoes are a fruit! I snacked on juicy cherry tomatoes.

TUESDAY. Just vegetables.
This is easy. I made a soup out of a few pieces of cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, a few sugar snap peas, mushrooms, an onion, parsley, basil, and a tin of tomatoes. Add a couple of pints of water.
Cook it all until the vegetables are soft and then blitz with a hand-held mixer.
The soup becomes lovely and thick. Season it and have a bowlful when you fancy it.
Again I snacked on cherry tomatoes.
You can make a ratatouille of green pepper, aubergine, garlic, onion, tomatoes and mushrooms. It’s also nice cold.

WEDNESDAY. Fruit and vegetables. I had soup left over from yesterday, and I nibbled on fruit whenever I felt hungry, which wasn’t  very often.

bananasTHURSDAY. I’m halfway now. I enjoy this day!
Up to 9 bananas. That’s it.
I make a milkshake by liquidising 4-5 bananas with just under a litre of milk. Delicious, and very filling!
Do make sure to save a whole banana for the end of the evening, before you go to bed.

FRIDAY. A steak. I save it until the evening.
Use your sense what else you eat. Again I nibbled on tomatoes, and drank some fruit juice.
Oh my steak was lovely! I ate it with tomatoes, onions, asparagus and oyster mushrooms fried in a dribble of olive oil, and some boiled cauliflower. I’m proud to say that I couldn’t finish it all, so I had the rest a couple of hours later.
SATURDAY Again, a steak. This time I made a cauliflower cheese, with onions and tomatoes, in it, and just enough cheese to flavour it  Delicious and filling!

SUNDAY. The final day. Just rice! That’s the basic rule.
I was feeling quite hungry this morning, so I had a 2nd cup of tea, and a fruit juice.
Then I made a large saucepan of boiled rice with parsley and seasoning in it, plus two chopped carrots, a chopped onion, and some chopped chicken breast.
Finally I tipped in a jar of Weightwatchers Sweet & Sour Sauce. I know it’s against the rules, but I needed some sweetness.
Carefully boil it until the vegetables are soft, but add water when necessary, and don’t let the bottom burn!
Tuck in to a bowlful whenever you feel the need to eat something.

MONDAY. I did it! And I’m not hungry this morning.
I didn’t weigh myself before I started because I was scared to! But I’m more interested in my size than my weight.
This morning I tried on some clothes and I’m so happy! A pair of jeans that just fitted me last week can now be pulled on and off without even undoing the zip and button! And another pair that didn’t even meet in the middle now does up with just a slight breathing in.
So I’ve definitely lost more than a dress size. Yippee! I’m dead chuffed!
I have to ease up a bit after my week’s strict regime, but I’m still dieting as I need to drop a couple more dress sizes before the Summer. So it’s soup, meat, fish and salads for a couple of weeks. I’ll stay off the potatoes for a while.
One thing that I’ve noticed is, my tastebuds have improved. I’m relishing every mouthful, and the flavours stand out more.
Now I’m going to hang a favourite dress on the front of the wardrobe, and aim to fit into it in a couple of weeks. Looking at it will give me incentive. I shall try it on before meals.
My enemy will be the evenings, when I’m tempted to snack, and the craving for a vodka & tonic in front of the telly.
Wish me luck. I know I can do it!