So, what is my verdict after four days on James Duigan’s Clean & Lean Kickstart eating plan? In dot points:
- Lost 3.5kg (Yes, that’s 3.5kg, 7.7lbs) after 4 full days on the diet.
- No crazy cravings – I usually always give in to my cravings…and I have not had chocolate, chips, buenos, burgers, fries, pizzas, mi goreng since I started. Nor do I particularly feel like it.
- Headache disappeared after Day 1
- No hunger pangs
I had serious doubts that I’d be able to do this diet. WHAT? ME? ONLY EAT VEGIES AND MEAT!! Crazy! I read somewhere that the 14 day kickstart is basically around 1000 calories a day – which, I would think would attribute to the 3.5kg weight loss in 4 days.
BUT…I was on lite and easy, and I was on 1200 calories plan and I was absolutely STARVING. To the point where a couple of times, I felt light headed. I had major urges to binge and the most I ever lost on it was 2.5kg or something after 4 weeks!
The only thing that explains it is that James Duigan’s theory that when your body is getting all the nutrients it needs for good, organic food, it has no reason to crave sugar or anything else. Which explains why, even though I’m consuming less calories than ever before, I don’t really feel hungry (nor do I feel stuffed – to be fair), or have sugar cravings.
I’m going to continue to do the 14 day kick start…and it’s coming up to the weekend, so it may prove to be a bit harder because I have set plans already (Korean BBQ dinner and 2 kids parties, and a brunch)…but I’m going to follow all the theories behind the plan (eat as much fresh, organic food, no processed food, no fizzy drinks, absolutely NO sugar)…and see how I go.
I haven’t felt the highs that some other people have felt (that I’ve read)…but I definitely don’t feel lethargic where I need a 3pm coffee or that chocolate bar, or pass out on the bus (which used to happen 4 out of 5 times). As I mentioned, I had headaches on the first day, and that went way by day 2. People has also reported great skin, nails and hair but I haven’t noticed any of that at all.
It would be definitely interesting to see what weigh-in is after the weekend, and also after the 14 days.