Thursday, October 1, 2009

Simple Diet Plan Anyone Can Follow

Me and a colleague started out this simple diet plan about 3 weeks ago. It may sound extreme to some, but honestly, I thought it was OK and we have both been doing it religiously and the results speak for themselves. OK not to worry, I am not going to share the cabbage soup diet here, coz I personally think that is crap. You'd be better of doing the tree diet (I will share this diet with all of you some other time)

So here is what we did.

For breakfast (Mon – Fri) we only eat sandwiches. You can choose… be it an egg sandwich or tuna sandwich or peanut butter sandwich…. Its up to you. Just bear in mind that you need to stay away from Mayo, jam and cheese. Besides that, I think anything you normally put on a sandwich is good stuff.

Lunch – Here is where many may feel is a bit extreme, but again, I beg to differ. Since our office is in Brickfields and we have an abundant amount of Indian restaurants, we decided to try this. Eat chapatti and Taufu sambal for lunch…. Everyday. With the chappati, you will normally get a free curry which is a vegetarian curry. My favourite is this dhal curry they make… high in protein, fat free and tastes good. Other days its vegetarian kurma, potato curry, cauliflower curry. Good thing is, the curry varies everyday… only the taufu sambal is a constant with both of us. Due to my rigorous lifting routine, I do my best to pack in as much protein as I can. So I eat 2 chappati’s and 2 plates of taufu sambal along with whatever vegetarian curry they serve for that day. If it's potato, I do my best not to eat too much potato… since its unwanted carbs. If its vege, well I just eat as much as I want.

Dinner – I try to stay sensibly healthy with this but not overly healthy. Usually it’s a tortilla wrap kind thing, roast meat sandwich, home made burgers, pasta or on lazy days – Chicken Cornish from Secret Recipe. No pizza or fast food. That’s the only rule I have. Besides that, just about anything goes. If its going to be very unhealthy, then i try to keep the portions small.

Now since we started this diet 3 weeks ago, I have lost 4kg. I just weighed myself this morning in the gym. My abdominals looks a lot trimmer now and even my arms and chest have more definition…. All in all, it’s great. Is the diet boring? Honestly I don’t feel that way and neither does my colleague. The vegetarian curry in the restaurant (which varies everyday) is really nice so we really look forward to it. Of course if I did continue this for another 2 or 3 months, I probably would get sick of it, but hey, if I can keep it up for that long, I figure that’s pretty good already. Down side is, I feel like my strength in the gym has gone down a little – maybe by about 10%. I can lift the same weights, but just not the same number of reps as i used to. So if you are a weightlifter, this diet will take a small toll on your strength. If you just want to lose weight, then it will work miracles. In short, i guess i need to balance this diet out with some meat occasionally so i keep the additional fat off, while maintaining my strength.

Weekends – as mentioned before, I am not a big eater over the weekends… so I am safe there. Usually have a tiny breakfast, small lunch and if I do indulge, its only for dinner… but even then, its not all the time and only happens if I meet friends in TGIF or something. Otherwise, dinner is also kept pretty small. If you are one who likes to eat a lot during the weekend, you might want to watch that to ensure you see results as well. Cut down slowly and cut down where you can.

Why did we choose taufu? Simple, it’s a good source of protein, its cheap and fat free. Chicken and other animal based protein does contain some amount of fat, hence why we chose taufu. Chappati, because its made out of whole wheat flour which is complex carbs.

What’s next? Surprisingly our silly stunt has drawn some attention, and now more and more people want to follow us for lunch to try it out. Now we have about 4 people who follow us daily for lunch. Who would have guessed. I eat 2 chapattis and 2 plates of taufu because of my workout routine…of course you may vary this depending on your own nutritional needs. If you are a small eater, reduce it. If you are into gaining size, increase it.

So the plan is simple… healthy breakfast, healthy lunch and a reasonably healthy dinner 5 times a week and try your best to keep your weekend food intake to a moderate level… and your clothes will start feeling a lot looser and you will love checking yourself out more often in the mirror. Try it out and see. As usual, I look forward to hearing your comments and any other suggestions you may have.

32 comments:

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

yo raj, good tips, as always. but so you should know i myself have been controlling on my food intake. NOT to get in shape as i've given up on that long ago but solely for health reason.

so anyway, i'm not exactly on a diet plan but my routine lately is as follow;

breakfast- freshly-blended fruits; orange, apple, guava, grapes and even lettuces, as i discovered recently!.

lunch- the only time of the day i wallop. normally rice and curry and all the unhealthy frying stuff.

dinner- anything but rice. but normally its home-made sandwiches as i dont usually go out on weeknights.

may not be as healthy as your suggested plan but i feel good that i've started somewhere.

thanks mate.

Rajan said...

Kerp: Wah... thanks for sharing your diet plan with me.

Overall i think you are OK and actually doing great and better than most people. As for lunch, you may not want to do as extreme as what i am doing but maybe you can try this.

Maybe mmake it a point that maybe every Wednesday is your healthy day... so make it a point to eat a healthy lunch then. Then when you become used to it, maybe make it twice a week. Believe me, the food on your unhealthy days will taste so much better.

Another option is to cut down the amount. Not much, eat the same thing, just reduce it slightly...maybe take smaller pieces of that fried chicken or if your order Nasi goreng, eat a bit less... maybe 80% and leave the reamining 20% behind.

Hope these tips help man.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

thanks rajan. i know lunch will always sangkut. its dificult becos it all depends on what mom cooks that day. say if its my favourite dish on wednesday then i may not be able to control. BUT, i may try your suggestion, only its not necessary on which day of the week.

thanks once again bro. i'm getting married in a few months time, thats the whole reason i wanna feel good health-wise on my wedding day.

The Corporate Athlete said...

you guys are good ..... well, I think I'm lacking a lil bit on the discipline.

p/s - I like taking idli in the morning ...

premo said...

Thanks for the tips bro!

I've been trying to stick to my own diet plan for months now- whole grain cereal with low fat milk for bfast, rice or noodle dish for lunch, and something vegetarian for dinner (either a subway sandwich, pasta or chapati).

The results: Loss of weight, trimmer abs, better sleep and more energy. But lacking in strength and sustainability sometimes at the gym esp when doing weights.

So I try having something high protein an hour before hitting the gym - like a banana. It usually works.

I totally agree with you on the veggie protein system. But its kinda hard to follow sometimes with all the temptations that follow with eating outside, esp if ur like me cos that would mean limiting my social outings.

The most difficult thing for me is consistency. I don't go out and eat lavishly often but have the tendency to binge on junk food like burgers and maggi mee esp after nights of boozing or just outta plain boredom.

premo said...

Btw dude i think u post/share this article on yer blog:
http://www.thebeermag.com/2008/10/03/beer-magazine-drink-beer-and-dont-get-fat/

Haha!

Rajan said...

Kerp: Wah... tying the knot and joining the club. hehehehe... welcome. Yah, give my sugestion a try. Hope it helps.

CA: No worries for you-lah... with the amount of endurance exercise you do, you are fine-lah. Its important for people like me who have little cardio in my routine.

Premo: Your vege thing for dinner is an excellent plan. i am sure you will see results as well. As for binge eating... i do it every once in while as well. But to counter it... make sure you do some extra physical activity to burn off as much as you like.

Thanks for the link dude...i am planning on writing about that as well... and maybe even put it to the test myself... meaning drinking every weekend and see if i can keep the pounds off.

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novice.faris said...

hai Raj..how much u consume your sandwich??it is one or two pair of bread of sandwiches??and what time u usually have your dinner??thanks for great information,i am a beginner in diet plan,i want to lose some of my weight,from 100kg to 60kg maybe..suggest more for me to loss weight and what kind of workout that i can do..=)

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