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Monday, February 04, 2008
The 13 Day Diet - Day One
I've decided that I want my size 4's to fit me again. I don't know why I got this idea - I think it is just a byproduct of getting older and having to accommodate bigger boobs with my wardrobe. This is the curse of many a middle-aged woman: expanding boobage. I figure that if I can lose weight everywhere, my boobs are bound to be affected as well as my tummy and hips, and I'll be able to button my blouses again.

I was given a diet plan that is supposed to help kick start a sluggish metabolism. If this works - all I can say is: "Hallelujah!" There's no weirdness in this diet - it's basically a high protein, low carb diet. Along with the extra boobage, my metabolism has slowed down (in preparation for old age and the day I can no longer eat properly, no doubt), so I am going to give it the proverbial kick in the butt and will report back here on the efficacy (or not) of such lunacy.

Here is the diet, just in case you want to suffer along with me:

13 Day Diet

1st Day (Monday)
Breakfast: slice of wheat bread, unlimited coffee without sugar
Lunch: 2 boiled eggs, unlimited amount cooked spinach
Dinner: grilled fillet or beef steak

2nd Day (Tuesday)
Breakfast: slice of wheat bread, unlimited coffee without sugar
Lunch: beef steak, green salad, unlimited fruit
Dinner: ham (unlimited amount)

3rd Day (Wednesday)
Breakfast:slice wheat bread, unlimited coffee without sugar
Lunch: 2 boiled eggs, green bean salad with tomatoes
Dinner: ham and green salad

4th Day (Thursday)
Breakfast:slice of wheat bread, unlimited coffee without sugar
Lunch: 1 cooked egg, cooked or raw carrots (unlimited), cheese slice
Dinner: fruit salad and natural yogurt

5th Day (Friday)
Breakfast:shredded carrots with lemon, coffee without sugar
Lunch: fish, raw tomatoes
Dinner: beef steak, salad

6th Day (Saturday)
Breakfast: wheat bread, coffee without sugar
Lunch: grilled chicken
Dinner: 2 cooked eggs and carrots

7th Day (Sunday)
Breakfast: tea with lemon
Lunch: grilled beef steak and unlimited fruit
Dinner: your choice

Beginning the 8th day, restart at Day 1 until the 6th day to complete 13 days. With this diet, you will lose 9 kilos (19.84 lbs) if followed exactly as indicated. On the 14th day, eat normally...

*Sweet N Low or Splenda may be used as sweeteners

My only gripe is - why can't someone invent the chocolate diet, or the cheese diet? So far, I've been fine - but I'm only half way through Day One. What happens if I start to crave pizza or gelato? Will Dan survive this diet with me?

Every once in a while, I'm going to get out my size 4 leather pants to keep myself motivated. God help me if those pants start looking delicious.
posted by Melanie O. at 1:42 PM -
  • At 1:10 AM, Blogger gardenbug said…

    How is your diet going? It seems complicated. Here are two other diets for your consideration: eat what you want, but nothing made with white flour or sugar. You can have rice or oats for your carbohydrate. Eat fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. I forget which doctor proposes the first diet. Here is the second one: Dr. Ronald Hoffman says eat salad and salmon. The salmon provides protein and omega oils. The salad provides lipoproteins, fiber, vitamins, minerals. Anyways, you now have some variations to consider.

  • At 8:38 PM, Blogger LivinginOz said…

    So far, so good with the diet, but I have a feeling that this diet was tailored for grossly overweight people. No doubt, they would see some pretty dramatic results on this diet. As for me - nothing dramatic the first week (although I still have a week to go.) I have noticed a lot less bloating, however - which has convinced me that processed carbs = bad. When I start back into my normal routine, I'm going to leave those for the very occasional addition.

  • At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am doing this diet at this moment. I am in the 8th day, and i've lost 4 kilos, but i am not sure if i am going to lose another 4 kilos coz in the 6th day, i had a cup af tea, a home remedy. Do you think that the tea will affect the metabolism? i mean, i am still doing it, but i do not feel any change.

  • At 9:05 PM, Blogger LivinginOz said…

    Hi Anonymous - I don't think that remedy tea would affect the diet. For me, I didn't lose more than 2 lbs (4 kilos) a week - which is a healthy weight loss (any more than that is crash dieting and probably includes a lot of dehydration.) I would only worry about interfering with the diet if you had indulged in carbs. What I find really interesting about this diet is that I have continued to lose weight AFTER I finished the diet. I'm going to repeat this in 6 months just for an extra boost.

    Also, I think it's normal to lose noticeable weight the first week, and then to have the loss slow down afterwards. Again - it has to do with losing "water weight" in the first week, and not actual fat. Fat takes longer to lose.

    I hope this works for you. It has surprisingly enough - worked for me. And I was a total skeptic!

  • At 9:08 PM, Blogger LivinginOz said…

    Oh P.S. - I forgot to report that my size 4 pants fit me again! OK, I don't look like I did when I was 25 years old, but I don't look bad, either.

  • At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am sorry to say this to you, but I am going to have to dissappoint you, as 2 lb is not 4 kilos, it is one kilo.

    But well done for following this diet, I am going to do this now, I have done it before and I have lost almost 3 kilos.

    YOu're right about it having bigger impact on bigger people. I am only slightly overweight following the birht of my first child, but it still did work.

    So good luck to everyon who is going to follow it.

  • At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i did this diet 2 1/2yrs ago and am doing it again starting today.
    The first time i only made it to day 10 at which i had lost 8kgs and just stopped because i didn't want to lose more. I still ended up losing 2 more kilos after that. And didn't gain any weight till during the last few wks.

    I have to say though, that mine varies slightly from yours. Mine is called "The Hospital Metabolistic Diet" It looks for example like this:
    Breakfast: 1 cup of coffee & 1 lump of sugar
    Lunch: 2 hard boiled eggs, Spinach & 1 Tomato
    Dinner: 1 large Steak, green salad with lemon & oil dressing.

  • At 9:16 PM, Blogger LivinginOz said…

    I'm so happy to hear that people are having success with this. I figure than anyone can stick to something for two weeks. I'm going to do this again in a couple of months to boost getting rid of the winter pudginess, if you want to do it along with me.

    And I goofed in my comment above - I meant 4 pounds (2 kilos) - not the other way around. Must have been a late night! ;)

  • At 5:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just started this diet yesterday and i am already having cravings but i promise i won't give in. I did this diet 2 years ago and it worked very well for me. The only thing i did have to leave out was the black coffee and drank plain tea instead in the mornings. I have GERD and the coffee makes me have really bad heart burn. Believe me it still worked. I am looking forward to weighing in on the 13th day. Good luck to all of you doing this diet.

  • At 2:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi everybody!!! I'm glad I am not the only one doing this diet! IT IS VERY HARD!! but i have heard it is great to chage your metabolism. I am a little bit confused, I googled "13 days diet" and I found 2 vertions of the diet for example:

    2nd and 9th Day:
    Morning: 1 cup coffee and 1 sugar cube.
    Afternoon: 200 gram steak with lettuce and fresh fruit (orange).
    Evening: 200 gram ham and one glass of yoghurt without sugar.

    DAY 2:
    Breakfast: 1 cup of coffee + 1 cube of sugar
    Lunch: 250 g ham + 1 can of natural yogurt
    Dinner: 200 g roast beef + 1 lettuce with oil and lemon juice

    Also, another diet also said not to put sugar on the coffee and have as much as you want. Please help me, I am very confused!

    Thanks to all, and good luck stickink to this diet!

  • At 3:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Is it possible to use substitutes, i.e. broccoli instead of spinach? I really have a problem with spinach.

  • At 1:32 PM, Blogger LivinginOz said…

    Hi there, Anonymous. You know, I think that would be all right. Both are green veggies, but what might be a better substitute is something leafy like kale or bok choi. (Just a guess - I'm certainly no expert, and I love spinach. :)

  • At 5:01 PM, Anonymous siki said…


    I am starting the diet tomoro and was wondering, are you allowed to use salt or some some kind o seasonng on the steak when baking it, or even a bit of salt on the boiled eggs? Thanks

  • At 6:32 PM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Hi siki - I don't see anything wrong with using salt or other seasonings. Where you have to be careful is with sauces as they add extra calories. I couldn't eat eggs without salt. (Boring!)

    Reminds me, I should do this diet again.

  • At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi you'all!!! Its good to know i'm not alone!!!! This is my 2nd day and i must say i'm pretty proud and looking forward to 7th day, if i make it to that i KNOW i'l make it to day 13, which i have to if i want to look any good on my graduation day which is in 3 WEEKS!!!!!!

  • At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can one smoke during this diet?! I'm down to taking 3 a day but i'm afraid it'll affect the diet!!!

  • At 5:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i was wondering how much you lost in this diet? and also what can i susitute ham with ? because for religous reason , i can not eat ham.

  • At 5:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi...hope this is going great with you...i wanted to know if i can drink tea instead of coffee ???

  • At 3:04 AM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Hi everyone - I'll try to answer your questions as best as I can - I can only go by my limited knowledge of nutrition (as this diet was developed by someone else.)

    About smoking - I would think that cutting back would be really good all around, although I know that some people's appetite increases when they quit. Still, as long as you stick to the diet, you should be ok.

    I lost about 5 lbs on the diet, but my guess is, the more overweight you are, the more you will lose. 2.5 lbs a weeks is a pretty healthy rate of weight loss, but I imagine that if you have more to lose, the more this diet will help to kick-start your weight loss.

    As for substitutions, I would just go with lean chicken breast or fish. I think that ham is just in this diet to add a bit of variety.

    Good luck,everyone! It's been a while since I did this diet, and I can say that it did help to boost my metabolism for several months afterwards, even though initially I lost just a few pounds.

  • At 3:05 AM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Forgot to mention, too - tea should be fine. It isn't as strong a diuretic as coffee, but it should be fine - just don't add sugar.

  • At 3:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    is cream allowed in the coffe?

  • At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hie I am on my day (3) of the diet and feel weak. Can i have some fruits if so which ones. I just wanted to check is it Black coffee /or with cream/skim milk?


  • At 7:33 PM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Hi Virgie - I don't think fruit is allowed with this diet, so, if you're feeling weak, it might not be the diet for you. I'd hate for anyone to get sick trying this out.

    The coffee should be black. I know... yuck!

  • At 1:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just finich the dieat an i want to know when can i start it again couse i know its hard but u lose a lot of weight?????

  • At 9:00 AM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Hi there - I don't see why you can't do this every six months. It's just a high protein diet with very few carbs.

  • At 8:51 PM, Blogger simran said…

    i don Eat beef
    What substitute wud u suggest plz

  • At 9:32 PM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Hi Simram - I would substitute another red meat like venison - something with a lot of iron and B vitamins. I am not sure what is available to you. This is just a guess, but if you can't eat beef, poultry and fish are just as good for protein, but lack the iron and B vitamins, so perhaps subsitute poultry and fish, and take an iron and vitamin supplement. Here is a list of iron-rich foods:

  • At 1:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi im planning to go on this diet for a month is it ok though im not a big eater i have gained wait when i had my first baby

  • At 10:26 AM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Best of luck! I hope this works for you.

  • At 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi is ok to do this diet for a full month want tofind out first because i dont want to spoil anyhting during my diet

  • At 6:45 AM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    You know, I really have never tried this over a month's time - 2 weeks required some good willpower on my part. The diet is low in vitamin C, so if you're going to do it for a month, I'd definitely take a supplement.

  • At 12:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    how do i cook beef, do i boil it and put in salt only or i can roast or braai it, how much should my salad be

  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Hi - I just grilled myself a nice steak on days that beef was called for. I imagine any way you cook it is fine as long as it's not fried and isn't cooked with gravy or sauce.

  • At 3:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    how do i cook spinach, do i jsut boil it and add salt and what type of coffe do u drink bcoz i have ricoffy, is that ok

  • At 10:09 PM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Hi - I just steam the spinach and add a little salt and cider vinegar. You could also make a fresh spinach salad and add salt, pepper and a bit of vinegar. Just avoid any oil.

    I'm not sure what Ricoffey is, but I just had instant coffee, or, if I was feeling ambitious, I brewed some up in my espresso machine.

    Good luck!

  • At 3:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi this is my first day and i must say i feel weak,i had a cup of coffee in the morning and before i had lunch i drank 2litre of water now im having a running stomach that is why im feeling weak but im so excited about this whole thing and im looking forward to the second day, can i put onion, green pepper and yellow pepper imn my salad?

  • At 8:07 PM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Hi there - I think onion and a bit of peppers would be all right, as they have a neutral calorie value. Green salad means no tomatoes, canned beets, baby corn, carrot, croutons, oily dressing - anything with a positive carb value.

    I hope this works for you!

  • At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi there i am on day three of the Diet and still going strong. i just have a few questions, my version says that if i cheat or do something wrong i might as well stop and wait three months before i can try again. and if succesful i have to wait a year before i can try it again? is it Dangerous?

  • At 8:07 PM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Hi - I am a firm believer that if you mess up the diet somewhere along the way, just start from day 1 the next week. I have not heard that there's anything dangerous about it. It's just a high protein, low carb diet. My plan is to do it twice a year. I don't have any chronic health problems, however, so can't recommend it to anyone who may have any doubts or underlying medical problems. If in doubt - maybe try something else. As I said - this was recommended to me and I did do this with a friend and we had no problems. It's not a diet that I designed - only one that I've tried and had decent results with. Hope it can work for you, too.

  • At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi i just finished the diet a week ago and i must say im looking good i have lost weight, im getting compliments from everyone, they want to know what i did to loose so much weight but i would to try it again to loose more untill i get to the size i want, is it safe for me to start the diet again please advise

  • At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    is it true that you can still loose wait after i finished the diet, i finished the diet a week ago but i would defintely want to do it again, is it safe for me to do this diet again before 3 months is over

  • At 9:56 AM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    I don't see any reason why you couldn't do this diet a couple of times a year (not sure if it would work as well every three months). I continued to keep weight off for several months after I finished, and it showed me that I needed to make permanent changes to the way I eat. I think most people, especially if you're over the age of 35 and your metabolism is slowing, could do with more protein and vegetables and fewer carbs in their diet. I could stand to exercise more, as well, but my main goal right now is to keep excessive weight off.

  • At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I started the diet on Friday 26/03/2010 and this morning Monday 29/03/2010 just had to get on the scale... well 2.4Kg Loss

    Love this diet!

    Been drinking Cranberry,Apple and cinanmon tea. And guess what My head did not explode or anything. I am positive that any drinks you take will not effect your weight loss as long as it has no sugar or alcohol

  • At 3:40 AM, Anonymous LJ said…

    I am on a similar diet. Just started, day 2. The diet I have is to drink mineral water and it seems to be doing the trick for "filling" me up between meals. My dad goes on this diet once a year. And loses about 18-20lbs everytime. But he did say to stick to it. Don't change a thing. Good luck with it everyone. I sure need it!! LOL

  • At 6:20 PM, Blogger younggeezy said…

    I am starting the diet today 04 May 10, so far i am surviving the morning.
    i would like to know if i can incorporate this diet with gym,,coz i feel just loosing weight will make you flabby without any sort of exercise..

  • At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I started the diet last week and after thr 5th day i cheated badly - i started on Monday and cheated on Friday . Today is Monday again and i started again and im not going to cheat. Do you recommend gym?

  • At 6:07 AM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Diet and exercise are always a great mix. I know I could stand a few days at the gym, myself.

  • At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would like to know why every time I do this dieat I have a pain on the left side of my belly dos any one have the same problem????? Hope some one can answer me!!!

  • At 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a question when ur doing this diet can u drink some Tequila or wisky???

  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger Melanie O. said…

    Sorry - no alcohol on this diet. It will add empty calories, defeating the whole purpose of the diet.

    To the other poster - As for pains in the left side, my guess is you need more fiber in your diet, as dieting can make you rather constipated.

  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger lizzy said…

    hi my diet sheet says u can eat w/wheat bread as much as u want, other diets say u allowed 1slice,please advice


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