Like many people I’ve been on dozens of diet plans over the years ranging from Atkins to South Beach to Weightwatchers to Jenny Craig and lots more besides. In fact, I’ve eaten enough cabbage soup to satisfy a small country! I’m 5 feet 10 and I used to weigh 230 pounds and needed to lose a good 50 pounds to get myself in some short of shape. And then it hit me. It’s seems so logical now and so simple but I had ignored the simplest weight loss solution of all. Here’s how I discovered it.
I was over in the UK on vacation and saying with an Aunt. We were having tea together and my Aunt was watching her favourite daytime TV show called “Today with Des and Mel.” The host, a rather charming guy called Des O’Connor was being asked how he stayed so trim and slim and indeed virile at aged 70 (he had just once again become a father) and he gave me the simplest weight loss solution I have ever heard. In fact you’d be seriously challenged to find a fitter and more vibrant looking 70 year old anywhere on the planet.
Des’s answer was that he only eats one meal per day in the evening, and in fact eats as much as he wants at that one meal sitting. During the day he may well graze on a bit of fruit and naturally drinks plenty of fluids but he swears by the plan and has done for over 40 years.
This seemed so simple and ridiculously easy and I was very doubtful whether it would work for me. However, it’s based on pure logic. By missing out on significant calories during the day, the body makes up for it in the evening and then stores up calories to keep you going the next day until your evening meal. However, I’m no scientist or doctor and I’m only interested in results. Here’s how it worked for me.
Week One was a little challenging. I did nibble on the odd cookie to keep me going with my morning black coffee. I missed the social aspect of lunch but contented myself with knowing that I was doing my health and body a huge favor. In week one I lost 6 pounds and in the first month 15 pounds dropped off my body! However, having been on many diet programs over the years I was worried it could all come back.With this in mind I started a gentle walking program in the evenings after my meal of the day and this really helped me with my energy levels. I really didn’t want to visit a gym or stress myself by running.
I was eating everything I wanted in the evenings, including ice cream and lots of ribs and fries etc. However, after the first month my body seemed to start regulating itself and I didn’t seem to crave these heavy rich foods as much. I think my body started to learn that it needed to eat well and wholesome in the evenings so it could get through the next 24 hours.
In month two I dropped another 13 pounds. In month three I lost a further 12 pounds and in month four another 11 pounds making for a total weight loss of 51 pounds in FOUR months. Truly amazing. I’m still staggered by it. I don’t recommend this plan for life and have slowly reintroduced a healthy breakfast and a very light lunch. It’s a truly great plan for losing excess weight quickly though – and works like nothing I’ve ever tried before.
One year on and I’m still at my target weight of 180 pounds. I still do my walking exercise most evenings and feel 1000% better with loads more energy. I’ve recommended this plan to dozens of friends and I have to say it’s worked for 90% of them. Give it a shot, the odds are that it’ll work great for you too! Check with your doctor first though to be safe.