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James Duigan’s Clean & Lean Kickstart eating plan – Day 4

Posted in Clean & Lean, Diet Blog with tags , , , , on October 26, 2012 by Dobsessed

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.



James Duigan’s Clean & Lean Kickstart eating plan – Day 1

Posted in Clean & Lean, Diet Blog with tags , , on October 23, 2012 by Dobsessed

I haven’t been able to stay on the wagon.  One of my friends say that I go on a diet for 3 days, and then just give up after not getting 5kg weight loss in that time.  Which is true.

I go to Personal training twice a week and gym a few times a week, and then waste it all by just eating crap loads of junk…we’re talking, fried chicken and rice with lashings of kewpie mayo most days for lunch (it’s just so delicious!), 2 bueno bars a day (they were on sale for $1 each at Target!), Frozen coke constantly (cos it is HOT in Brisbane) and 30c Cones, did you know they’re back at McDonald’s for THIRTY CENTS?!

Anyways…totally off track, so I decided to buy James Duigan’s Clean & Lean diet book, read it from cover to cover, and decided to do it.  The whole thing is realistic…as in, you’re not banning a complete food group or anything like that, it is just eating food that are as close to its natural intended form as possible.  Sort of like Paleo I guess. No fats are cut out either (as in, you can eat GOOD fats such as avocado, drizzle your salads with olive oil and cook in rice bran or ground nut oil)…and also encourages you to eat full fat things, rather than low fat things as low fat things usually has more persavertives and sugars added to compensate for the loss in fat (flavour).

Also…cutting out refind sugar, so still able to eat fruit, manaka honey which I think is great! Oh yeah, and also, stevia and xylitol are also allowed on the diet, but not aspartame – so NO diet cokes! Or any fizzy drinks for that matter.

The 14 day kick start is just that, it’s 14 days, it’s a kick start to the diet, and in this 14 days, you are advised not to have any sugar (including those found in fruit), no alcohol and only a cup of coffee a day and a 14 day food plan is included in the book. Basically it’s protein at every meal (not excessive – about 100 grams or so), loads of green vegies and 2 snacks which also have protein (like some nuts, or vegies with hummus).

So, how did I go on the Day 1?

Surprisingly well.  I remember when I was on Lite and Easy and I literally felt STARVED and also felt light headed and faint. Well, I didn’t feel that way on the Clean & Lean.  I was never stuffed (which is my usual after meal ‘state’) but I wasn’t ever really hungry.  I didn’t have massive cravings for sugar either.  I did have a constant headache ALL day – still have a niggling one now which I can only attribute to sugar withdrawals.

I input all my food in My Fitness Pal, and it came up as around 1000 calories…so I guess  in the first 14 days, it’s low calorie as well as clean & lean.

I’m on Day 2 and so far so good.

The diet is EXPENSIVE though because you have to buy organic meat, organic free range eggs – as much as you can. But considering I usually spend $10 on lunch everyday, it’ll probably all even out.

I have read some people losing 6kg in the first two weeks! Not sure how I will go, but I will report how I go after 7 days and after 14 days (if I don’t fall off the wagon).