I found myself very ill this year. I was in hospital twice and I realised I absolutely had to do something about it.
I’ve always been a big person, but since lock down things had gotten out of hand and this combined with high blood pressure, a high pressure job, and a nasty break up with a fromer partner… things have been tough.
I start this journey at 190KG.
I read about the Newcastle Diet;
And the plan is simple. 600 caloires of meal replacement shakes and up to 200 calories in non-starchy vegetables a day giving a total of 800 calories.
I have discussed this with my GP and they are supportive. Clearly, being on such a lot calorie diet comes with it’s own dangers, but on balance it seems a reasonable approach.
What this diet claims to do is put your body in a ketogenic state so your body consumes your body fat at a high rate. But it also seems to specifically target the fat that is surrounding your internal organs first. Your liver, your heart, etc stips the fat from these organs which gets them in a more healthy state. Appaerently the fat around your organs is the most readily metabolisable so it goes first.
The diet was devised by Professor Roy Taylor from the University of Newcastle and has been shown in clinical trials to be very effective and has been shown to reverse type 2 diabetes in some people. I do not have diabetes, but I am at high risk of developing it.
So, the plan is 3 x huel shakes with one scoop of powder each. I’m mixing this with unsweatened almond milk to give myself a little more nutrion.
I’ve been on this a week now, I’ve already lost 4KG and I am feeling much, much better. I am confident this is the way forward.
My Basal Metabolic Rate is 2,745 so that is a calorie deficit of around 2000 a day.
It does take a fair amount of self control, but it is achieveable.
Side effects are things like weakness, I am quite sensitive to the cold. Honestly though, it is fine.
My plan is to continue with this until I hit 100KG and then take pause and reassess.