My missus used to follow recipes on my behalf from The SIRT diet book…all healthy stuff and calculated calories off that. At start of the week she makes juice and the core ingredients (kale, courgette, spinach, green apple, blueberries) remain pretty-much unchanged, only some interchange for additional stuff, so for the measure she used to give me (seems around a 750 ml bottle)she’d an estimate of 250 calories, but I’ve recently only been filling it totwo-thirds as I wasn’t finishing it all…I may now change that as only this morning she mentioned the amount of nutrients I was missing out on from not drinking it all.
I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how the body adapts to reduced-calorie days and you’ll need to persevere with feeling supposedly hungry for ‘just’ a day, two or three max and settle in to the week.
For much of my 2+ groups in MvF I’ve been pretty much equalling cals IN v OUT maybe five days a week…not planned that way as such, it’s just that possibly two days a week I’ve £ucked up and had a blow-out. Having said that, notwithstanding that I’ve lost 21 lbs in that time, I’ve sabataged the loss of even more weight by having a bottle of wine on days that would otherwise have seen me consume only maybe 700 calories.
I have genuinely never felt hungry and my concentration on it may have been helped by fact that many days I’ve been intermittent fasting and not eaten until around midday, and not after 6 o’clock in the evening… (ie) consuming all intake between midday and six; or 1 til 7 pm. I’ve also been fasted Wattbiking or, when I was on hols in France, fasted road cycling on flat roads below Pyrenees and STILL not eating til lunch.
It has to be said that I failed in that mountain climb attempt …only a 13k climb, and that must surely have been down to collective days of low calorie intakes, so when I did set out on the 19km climb up Port De Bales a week later I did fill myself with biggish meal night before plus breakfast… I’d say all my cycling during time of MvF has been controlled environment stuff (Wattbike or just with missus accompanying when out on the road, and she knows I’ll not be full-paced)… I’ve not been going out on any club rides for fear of bonking!
The idea is to lose the weight and only then return to group rides and test my new found power-to-weight ratio on an unsuspecting club!
Since finishing rugby, I’ve maybe got down to somewhere near the 198 lbs weight I now am, twice…once for a 3 hrs 10 minute marathon, once as part of concerted weightloss effort, but I rather think I owe it to myself to get down to 13 stones just to see what I CAN do on a bike…and because I just want to feel even better and healthier than I do already.
I know if I were 6’ 7" I’d want that to be 6’ 7" of prime beef and not flabby in any way…I think once I get my stats from David Lloyd at weekend I’ll set a body fat percentage I’d like to hit within another group or two… that’ll be my challenge.