Time For Another Challenge…

So… brought to you by the same curiosity that drove the trial of the ’100 Push Up Challenge’.. Foxsden is doing ‘The Cabbage Soup Diet’.

Now, I’m fully aware:
There will be those of you that know me and just shake your head in disbelief at the absurdity of reading this.
There will be those of you that know me and just know that this is exactly the kind of absurdity I relish in.
There will be those of you that know me or don’t know me very well who will ask why I would want to do this.
There will be those of you that don’t know me at all and think, ‘Jesus, what kind of unit is this woman that she needs to do the Cabbage Soup Diet?’

The broad answer to these questions can be summarised as follows:
I have some body fat to lose…Approx 5%. I’m not exactly sure how much weight that equates to but last time I was at that % body fat I was somewhere around 7kg or 15lbs or just over 1 stone lighter than I am now. I’m 5’7″ tall so that stone doesn’t look entirely out of place on me, however I want to be as lean as I can to compete in the sporting events I have coming up at a lighter weight.

The flip side of the coin is that I love reading and learning about diets, fads, food etc. I have a huge interest in nutrition, exercise and the way our bodies work and react to things. Therefore I wanted to see if a food lover such as myself could even take on something like this diet and stick to it even for a short time.

It’s recommended you don’t attempt to do this diet for more than 7 days and I plan to run this for about 5 days initially. On Sunday I have a race therefore I will need to take on more energy rich foods at the weekend so I may have to have a short break from the cabbage. But until then I’m going to give it the best I can and document the absurdity along the way and then depending on how I get on I may continue for a short time the following week.

Let me preface any further details by saying this:
I’m not advocating this diet or any diet. If you choose to diet or do anything else after you read it here – it’s on YOUR BACK! I’m not responsible for the stupidity you get yourself into.

The recipe for the soup is:
Green Beans
Green Peppers
Vegetable Stock
Tinned Tomatoes
Vegetable stock cubes
Various spices/herbs to taste.

The deal is you eat as much of the soup as you like as often as you like plus:
Day 1
plus any fruit, apart from bananas.
Day 2
plus other vegetables, including a baked potato with butter for dinner (potatoes are off-limits on other days)
Day 3
plus other fruits and vegetables.
Day 4
plus anything up to 6 bananas and fat-free milk.
Day 5
plus 6 tomatoes and up to 450 grams of meat or fish.
Day 6
plus meat(beef) and vegetables.
Day 7
plus brown rice, pure fruit juice, and vegetables.

Immediate thoughts are:
It’s worryingly low in protein on most days.
Will I have energy to train?
The sodium is quite high (although I think I used one too many Oxo cubes in my recipe). However, being a Pescatarian and not one to eat processed foods I struggle to reach anywhere near what I should for daily sodium intake which causes me to have a lot of muscle cramps. So this will be a benefit.
I will be taking a Daily Multivitamin.
Jesus christ I’m going to intoxicate myself and anyone near me with the gas this diet will produce.

Currently I exercise for at least 5 hours per week, often more. This diet is not particularly high in carbs although with the addition of fruits, baked potato and rice it’s not exactly low carb. I’m going to try it, if I find myself lacking energy to train I may have to take action.
I will be monitoring my Nutrient intake via ‘My Fitness Pal’ application on iPhone. This will tell me the amounts of all important nutrients and food groups I’m taking in along with calories and the amount of energy burned via exercise.
OK.. with that – over to the video.
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Body Stats:
66kg (145lbs/10.5 stone)
Body Fat 28.2%
Visceral Fat 5
BMI 23.8
Muscle 31.9%
Waist 27.5″
Hips 39″
Thigh 20.75″
Calf 13.75″
Daily updates and VLOG to follow…

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