After all the excesses of Xmas and New
Year, you may have found that you have put on a few kg. So here’s how to get
I have published this “diet” before, and those who have
stuck it out claim that the weight loss is spectacular. It is not strictly a
“diet”, it is more correctly a “weight loss” program.
I noticed the results after a friend of mine had dropped
some weight. “Fifteen kilos in two months,” was his proud reply. He had done
this by following a “diet” - and one that had obviously worked! This is put
forward as a seven day diet, and although I am not always in favor of
‘crash’ diets, this one does merit some study. It is reputedly from Sacred
Heart Memorial Hospital and is used in their cardiac care unit for
overweight patients to lose weight prior to surgery.
It states the first no-no’s as being bread, alcohol, soft
drinks, fried food or oil. Agree totally, though probably half of you have
already decided it’s too hard!
After that there is a concoction called Fat-Burning Soup
(FBS) which you make up and keep in the fridge. You gobble FBS any time you
feel hungry and have as much as you want. You are also advised to drink
plenty of water suggesting 6 - 8 glasses a day along with tea, coffee, skim
milk, unsweetened juice or cranberry juice.
The physiology of hunger works that when the stomach is
empty, messages are sent to the brain to send down food. Fill the belly with
non-fattening food and the hunger pangs will be less, but the weight does
not go on.
Here is the recipe for the Fat-Burning Soup:
4 cloves garlic
2 large cans crushed tomatoes (810gms)
2 large cans beef consomm้
1 packet vegetable packet soup
1 bunch spring onions
1 bunch celery
2 cans French beans (or fresh)
2 green capsicum
10 cups water
Chop all veggies into small pieces. Boil rapidly for 10
minutes stirring well and then simmer until veggies are tender. Add water if
necessary to make a thinner soup.
Now the other downside to dieting if food boredom. A week
of FBS, water and cranberry juice will sap the resolve of most overweight
people, so what this diet does is allow you to add different items on a
daily basis. Here are the suggestions.
Day 1, any fruit except bananas. Eat only soup and fruit
Day 2, all vegetables. Eat as much as you like of fresh,
raw or canned vegetables. Try to eat green leafy vegetables. Stay away from
dry beans, peas, and corn. Eat vegetables along with soup. At dinner reward
yourself with a jacket potato and butter.
Day 3, eat all the soup, fruit and veggies you want
today. Don’t have the jacket potato today. If you have not cheated you
should have lost approx 3 kg. (If that is so, it is an amazing loss in three
days - but keep going anyway!)
Day 4, bananas and skim milk. Eat at least 3 large
bananas and drink as much skim milk as you can today. Eat as much soup as
you want. Bananas are high in calories and carbohydrates, as is the milk but
you will need the potassium and carbohydrates today.
Day 5, beef and tomatoes. You may have 600 gm of beef or
chicken (no skin) and as many as 6 tomatoes. Eat soup at least once.
Day 6, beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content of
beef and veggies. You can even have 2-3 steaks (grilled) if you like with
leafy green vegetables. No baked potato. Be sure to eat soup at least once.
Day 7, brown rice, vegetables, fruit juice. Be sure to
eat well and eat as much soup as you can.
By the end of day 7, if you have not cheated, you should
have lost 7 kg. The theory is good, but I caution against losing too much,
If your weight loss needs are greater than 7 kg, then
continue for another week, but I do not recommend much further than two
weeks at one time, and do not repeat the program within three months.