I thought after yesterday's little climb back up that I'd weigh around the same again, before steadily dropping again. Instead, I gained another 1.3kg. Of course, the human body fluctuates a fair bit in weight every day, so it's not yet a disaster! For dinner I used a fantastic recipe from Sonia's thehealthyfoodie.com. Pork medallions with mushroom sauce, served with a good heap of fresh asparagus and some spinach on the side. Absolutely gorgeous.
Day 7: 106.5kg - phew!
It's coming back down, thankfully. Hopefully I shan't be buying any steaks on Thursday! I went to a nice new brunch cafe in the nearby town of Clevedon, and had avocado and poached eggs with a chimmichurri-like sauce, and a good old mound of spinach. Dinner was fresh chorizo stuffed chicken breasts with green veg. Delish!
Day 8: 106.2kg - progress!
This is what I was hoping would happen! A big drop to get rid of initial water weight, bounce back and forth for one or two days as body finds some kind of balance again, and then incremental decreases in weight after that until day 10, touch wood! Lunch was a carvery; I felt like such a martyr turning down the stuffing and yorkshire puddings. I rewarded myself with a good pile of roast parsnips and other roasted veg. Dinner was more meat: steak with red onion, tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach. I've managed to dig out an old cast iron steak pan, which cooks the steak and renders the fat perfectly and gives the other bits and bobs great flavour.
Day 9: 106kg - nearly there!
Today's a bit of a tough one to negotiate; going out with family again for a pub lunch! The menu wasn't exactly tailored towards the kind of diet that I'm doing, but I managed to get a bunless burger. I did give in and allow myself a few chips though. And a pint of Coke Zero. Naughty boy. Dinner was avocado, egg, bacon, and a big heap of salad.
Day 10: 105.6kg - last day!
Finally, 105.something! That's 5kg since I started last Monday! And despite having a few more carbs yesterday. Standard lunch today of egg, avocado and salad, but with some pulled pork as a bit of a protein boost. Dinner was a bit of a surf and turf; steak and king prawns with spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and another avocado! Seasoned the steak solely with pepper - can't afford to lose out to my dad just for a bit of water weight!
Final weigh in: 105kg - boom.
5.6kg in 10 days. 12 and a bit pounds. Mission accomplished. My dad managed, drumroll, 7lb. To be fair though, he's 26 years older than me, and has never been interested in nutrition. As proven by him proceeding to then have a big binge on mexican food and spend the next 24 hours moaning in pain.
Not that I can talk. I congratulated myself with the Johnny Vegas burger at Annie's Burger Shack in Nottingham - big beef pattie, back bacon, black pudding, pulled pork, sweet chilli paste, toffee apple sauce, and a mini Guinness doughnut in a burger with onion rings and curly fries. And proceeded to spend the next 24 hours moaning in pain. And also planning my next visit. They've got around 20 or so different burgers - seems I've found my replacement for The Bird in Hamburg - albeit a 2 hour drive from home...
I'm continuing eating as I did over the 10 days until I go onto the next experiment- trialling a no-food based diet, à la Soylent concept that has been sweeping the world. That begins on Sunday. More info to come.