Developer on a Diet

Developer on a diet!

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Last week I joined the gym. It’s probably the 5th or 6th time I’ve done this in my life, all to no effect. I felt I had a decent chance this time though as this one is only 2 minutes walk from my front door and is always pretty quiet. The first thing I did was step on the scales and boy did I get a shock.

The last time I weighed myself was around 5-6 months ago, I weighed 228lb, which was already pretty heavy for a guy of my fairly short height of 5’7″. However I thought I’d eaten reasonably healthy since then, yeah sure I still ate quite a few take aways and processed foods but I’d added some organic foods to my diet and I’d begun to add a lot more veg to my cooking. So when I discovered that I now weight 250lb I was surprised to say the least.

When I got home I did my usual thing of complaining to my girlfriend, Colette. She suggested we watch the Netflix documentary ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead‘ by a guy called Joe Cross. He managed to lose a ton of weight and gain a lot of health.

The way he did it was as follows: For 60 days, he drank nothing but freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juice, no solids at all. He also kept himself fairly active.

Once the fast was over, he changed his lifestyle to ensure that at least 40% of his caloric intake came from fresh fruit and veg.

This is my plan:

I am going to fast on nothing but Juice for 30 days, followed by 5 days of eating only fruit and vegetables. During the course of this I am also going to attend the gym for at least one hour every day. As I’ve not managed to stick to an exercise routine in my entire life, for the first two weeks I’m going to allow myself to do for only 5 days in the week and more if I feel up to it.

Here is the gear:

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We didn’t already have a juicer, so Colette did her research and we bought the JR Ultra 8000 juicer, which is absolutely amazing. You barely need to do any preparation for the fruits (you can actually put a whole apple in it if you like – although it’s still easier if you quarter it) and cleaning it up is really easy, you just rinse it with warm water!

It’s a slow (or masticating) juicer which means the juice it produces is a higher quality, there is also more of it as almost everything gets squeezed out, the dryness of the remaining pulp is actually incredible.

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We also bought a ton of fruit and vegetables. We were advised by other juicers online that when we start out, we want to use a largely fruit based juice and slowly alter the ratio of fruit to vegetables until we get to an 80:20 split with veg making the biggest part. We didn’t actually know this until today (Day 2) so we had to rush out and buy even more veg (we had a lot more fruit than veg before).

The scary part is that this isn’t all of it, there is also an entire fridge full!

What I’ve experienced so far:

I am currently on day 2 and I’m incredibly surprised at how satisfied I feel, the only time I really experienced any hunger was when I was trying to go to sleep last night, something which a few pints of water fixed immediately.

Going to the gym was a challenge and when I was there it was even harder, I managed 25 minutes on the cross trainer followed by around 10 minutes of weight training. The important thing I had to remind myself here is that I am getting started. Also I’m operating on a caloric deficiency at the moment and my body isn’t used to it. I’m sure I’ll be able to improve my gym stats in a few days.

So far the only real negative thing I’ve noticed is the smell, as a result of all the juicing my house now has a sickly sweet smell which is a little nauseating, I’m sure I’ll get used to it quickly enough though.

I’m keeping a video diary:

I figured that the best way to keep my motivation up is to give myself some accountability, so I have started a YouTube series called ‘Developer on a Diet’. I plan to post a video every day, keeping people informed on my progress and how I am feeling.

You can watch the video right here or search for ‘Developer on a Diet’ on YouTube.

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Freelance User Interface Developer, Aspiring novelist and ill-informed political writer from Sevenoaks, UK.

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