How I Lost Over 5 Pounds in 1 Week With the Eat Your Heart Out 7 Day Diet
You know me. I’ve been working on my physical health for what feels like forever. I lost almost 100 pounds with Nutrisystem, but that diet ended in August.
If you saw my post on Monday, you know I finally lost 100 pounds. As promised, I’m here to tell you how I did it!
Growing Pains After Nutrisystem
After ending Nutrisystem, I had what I call “growing pains.” Basically, once I was left to my own devices, I had a hard time picking what food to eat. I gained a bit of weight right away, and then maintained for a few weeks. I needed a kickstart diet in order to get back on track.
So, I went with the “Eat Your Heart Out” diet.
What is the “Eat Your Heart Out” diet?
I’d been seeing this 7-day diet all over the Internet. It’s called “Eat Your Heart Out” because you can each as much of you want of the day’s designated food. I could tell you about it, or I could show you. I prefer to show:
I also learned a lot about it from Justin and Ashley at the Refresh blog. That’s a super good resource if you plan on doing this.
While I can’t attest to just how healthy this diet is, I trust Justin and Ashley when they say they got the idea from a doctor.
And it certainly seems healthy. So I tried it.
My Daily Diary During the Diet
I decided to journal my feelings and progress through the 7-day diet. Here’s how it worked for me:
Day 1: Fruit
Starting Weight: 160.8
I totally don’t mind eating a bunch of fruit all day. It’s like a day-long dessert. Today, I ate apples (which I’d slice and microwave and throw some cinnamon on), peaches, strawberries and grapes. It was all very tasty, and I felt in tip-top shape. Well, not tip-top. I had a headache late in the day, but I don’t think it’s related.
Day 2: Vegetables
Daily change: -2.0
Total change: -2.0
While I’m okay with baked potatoes, I’m even happier with sweet potatoes. Since I needed one or the other today, along with a ton of vegetables, I went with the sweet variety. Sweet just like me! Other vegetables included broccoli, zucchini, carrots and, best of all, spaghetti squash. Yum. 🙂
Day 3: Fruits and Veggies
Daily Change: -0.2
Total Change: -2.2
This is just like the last two days. And, since I love both fruits and vegetables, it wasn’t difficult at all. And can you really beat a breakfast of grapes, strawberries and sliced apples? Well, maybe you can, but what I had was still awesome. I’m feeling good and there haven’t been any adverse effects.
Day 4: Bananas and Milk
Daily Change: -0.8
Total Change: -3.0
I like bananas. I like milk. This should be easy, right? Well, it wasn’t so bad. I ate 7 bananas and drank three big glasses of milk. However, I did have a kind of hard moment. See, the next two days involve eating chicken, so, today I went to the grocery store and got a whole rotisserie chicken. I carved it up today, and it smelled so good. I really wanted to eat some. Instead, I ate a banana and drank some milk (plus a tiny, tiny sliver of chicken. It was an “accident.”) I’d say that was some successful willpower.
Day 5: Fowl and Tomatoes
Daily Change: -2.0
Total Change: -5.0
Yay! It’s chicken day! The carved up rotisserie chicken in my fridge is calling out to me. Also: I’ve lost five pounds so far doing this. I’d say that’s super, super, super awesome. And if I lose only 0.2 more pounds, I’ll have lost 100 total overall. So, you can see how much I’m anticipating some success.
Day 6: Chicken and Vegetables
Daily Change: +0.8
Total Change: -4.2
Another chicken day, so that’s awesome. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow the plan as faithfully today. I went to an apple festival, but I didn’t go as hog-wild as I might have in the past. I was there with other people, so I shared a few things. I had a third of a piece of apple pie and half of a very small piece of pumpkin cheesecake. Otherwise, everything went fine.
Day 7: Vegetables and Fruit?
Daily Change: -0.2
Total Change: -4.4
Up until this point, I’ve liked everything I was supposed to eat. Today is different. For day 7, you’re supposed to drink this god-awful soup made from all of the very few vegetables I actually hate. So, rather than choke down that soup, I ate mostly vegetables and a bit of fruit.
The Final Tally
Final Weight: 155.4
Daily Change: -1.0
Total Change: -5.4
In the end I lost over 5 pounds and hit my goal of 100 pounds total loss.
Would I do this again?
Yes. Yes, I would. In fact, I plan on doing it again in a few weeks. I felt great during it and I liked everything I ate.
Should you do it? Well, that’s completely up to you. But, if you do, you should totally let me know how it goes in the comments!