Here at the DU office (okay, its a digital office but still…) we have been debating the viability of different diets and how difficult or expensive they are to maintain. We also love to exercise but its important to note that we don’t do it nearly enough. So a quick explanation of what we are going to do in this free-form blog experiment. First we are going to describe in detail the diets and methods we have chosen and then give you a week by week look at what we have ingested, how we made it and why we made those choices.
If information about two incredibly different diets hold no interest to you, feel free to stop reading at anytime, we wont hold it against you, but if you would like a fresh look at two peoples attempts at lifestyle change, then stick around!
Dieter One – DU Willie
I have heard for a long time about calorie limitation as it applies to dieting and weight loss but I have given it very little thought in my own personal life. I will give it to you straight: I am a lazy bastard when it comes to eating. I hate preparing my food in advance, I love pizza so much I would eat it 3-4 times a week. My soda intake was massive, often consuming 100+ ounces in a day so when my wife asked me to change the way I live so that we can be happier and healthier, I had to a long hard look at the man in the mirror.
Now just so you know, I have never been “Obese” by most peoples standards, most people would scold me if I said I was getting fat. I went from 175-180 to 215 pounds in about a year and a half. I am 5′ 10″ so it really didnt change my overall physique that much under my clothes but trust me, that much weight definitely took a toll on my wardrobe. Now I fluctuate between 210 and 220 pretty regularly which I have been told is not good for you.
Enter the Hungry Girl Cookbook by author Lisa Lillien, who apparently has a talk show on the food network though I don’t have cable so I will have to take the Internets word for it. This big-ass cookbook has hundreds of ultra low calorie, healthy recipies that take almost no time to prepare and very little effort. My wife picked up this book from a Barnes & Nobles sale on whim. So far everything has been an absolute delight, in both fulfillment and taste.
After the first week, I will let you know my consumption for each day, what recipes I used and how I felt each day. Dont worry, they wont all be walls of text like this one. So thanks for reading so far and be sure to subscribe to our Whole-Site Feed or a trimmed down one that features just the weekly update directly to this series of articles.
Dieter Two – DU Shanks
I am going with SCIENCE for my diet. I have doing the Soylent diet on and off for about a month. If you are unsure of what that is check out this and this. Basically it is a shake that has all of the nutrients and calories in it. You drink it throughout the day and do not eat anything solid. I am 6’4 240 lbs so I am a pretty big dude. I used to be around 190-200 lbs which I don’t really wanna go back to but I would love to hit 210-220 again.
Soylent is not the best tasting thing in the world but honestly it does not taste bad. Kind of bland. The current mix I am doing is around 1700 calories which is a bit under the recommended I am experimenting with severe calorie limitation to see how fast I drop weight and how I feel doing it. I am also putting Matcha in my drink. It is a fine powdered form of green tea. Matcha contains antioxidants and is said to increase cognitive function as well as metabolism.
The rest of my ingredients I am using a spreadsheet from the Solyent maker site. Now for this diet comparison I will doing straight Soylent no food for as long as I can. I will do daily commentary on my health and well being. As well as a weekly weigh in. Feel free to leave comments if you have any specific questions and I will do my best to answer them!