Now I mentioned previously that my husband had been attempting a diet
in bit to shed a few post-holiday pounds. Well after losing 8kg in 9 weeks (impressive) and then putting a few back on during Ramadan, (sounds ironic but we were eating this
), he’s back on it again.
So given that he enjoyed some success, and is now doing it with a renewed focus, I decided to sit down with the boy in my life, so he can share with you his diet tips for men, plus how he’s getting on.
In the interests of completeness, I’ve added my notes at the end of how I’m finding life with a dieter.
Me: Describe your diet?
Him: The diet takes inspiration from an Asian diet called Kenzai. My brither has tried it and had great results.
In simple terms, you cut out added sugar salt and oil, fried stuff, processed food, tinned food, fizzy drinks and all the other unnatural crap out there and only eat naturally occurring food.
The food is also specifically measured, with a slowly decreasing allowance of carbs and protein.
There’s also an exercise plan, with a varied workout every day, including up to 25 mins of skipping, around 2,500 skips!
I also do planks, lunges, and waist twists. The idea is to work on different parts of body each day.
Me: How did you find the diet at first?
Him: First ten days you have momentum and excitement. You wanna go for it. After that you get few cravings and it gets harder.
I Initially struggled thinking of varied food ideas. Eating measured portions of protein, carbs and veg, and cooking without any added salt (so no sauces, flavour packets, etc.) was a bit of a chore, as we had to be creative with herbs and spices. Also, food just didn’t taste the same without salt!
There was a lot of prep involved. It sometimes took about an hour to get dinner ready, and once we’d done that, it was time to prep for lunch. There was no eating leftovers for the lunch as the day food allowance would be different from the evening.
But once you start seeing results, it all seems worth it. Your relationship with food also changes as you don’t miss salt and strong flavours so much, and appreciate the value of fresh food.
Me: What was the hardest part of the diet?
Him: Definitely the food, and not just because of the lack of flavour.
Not eating out kind of kills your social life. It was only after doing this diet that I realised how much out world revolves around food. Eating out with friends, family visits, everywhere you go, there’ll be food you can’t have.
So more than anything, food plays a huge part in our lives, so having to vigilantly eat at home every night did get a little boring.
But on every 25th day, you get a ‘cheat’, where you can eat what you like. But when you do introduce ‘normal’ food, you realise how much salt and sugar it all contains. Suddenly the food I love, like nachos, salsa and baked beans, doesn’t taste quite as good.
Over time, you realise that more the food you eat out is full of sugar and salt. Your taste buds change. You learn portion control. So the hardest part of the diet isn’t so hard any more.
Me: What’s been your biggest success?
Him: Losing 8kg in 9 wks. And best of all, rather than a crash diet, I lost this consistently and healthily. But beyond the kgs, I felt more energetic and looked better.
Me: What are your top diet tips for men?
Him: My top diet tips for men (thinks), firstly I’d say, keep at it. In the first week or two you’ll feel better but won’t see changes. After the first four weeks you’ll start noticing changes physically. It’s a good motivator. But this diet is a long-term commitment, so you need to stick it out. You can’t just do the three months and then resume your normal eating habits. It’s a lifestyle change. But that doesn’t mean you have to eat kenzai-esque food your whole life. You can introduce salt back in, but if you get back to your bad eating habits, the weight will just pile back on.
But overall, it changes the way you look at food. I don’t eat much fruit but am making more effort to eat it now.
Me: Would you recommend this diet to a friend?
Him: Definitely! There’s a reason most if my family are doing it. Of all the things I’ve tried, Insanity workout, and just good old fashioned portion control, this has had the best results.
Living with a man on a diet – a wife’s thoughts…
As the wife of a dieter, it has been a challenge but ultimately delivered the best results. I initially started the diet with hubby, as a support but also to shed a few £££s myself. It also helped to have the same meals, as preparing the extract proportions was a faff in itself, so to make something for myself would be just too much.
However, I lost a little too much weight too soon, so I’m now taking it easy and letting my husband embark on this kenzai-ish adventure.
This time round it’s not been so bad, we’ve got into the routine of making his food and then my own. However, it’s not so motivating cooking for myself, and I find myself grabbing easy option meals rather thank cooking properly. I’ve also noticed that when I eat my ‘naughty’ food in front of him, he’s tempted to have a bit! So I’ve got to keep the bad food at bay.
So we’re getting through the diet stage, and one thing’s for sure, I do look forward to ‘cheat’ day! Living with a dieter is not so bad, and it’s all worth it when hubby reaches his goal to not just look better, but be healthier too.