Losing weight

SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin Henson Updated January 13, 2009 12:00 AM

I completed the seven-day General Motors weight loss and system-cleansing diet last Sunday. Here’s what happened from Day 1 to Day 7. Day 1. This was Monday last week. My wife Menchu thought of doing this diet to start the new year with a clean and healthy slate. The first day was a breeze. It was eat all the fruits you want, except bananas. The program suggested consuming lots of melons, especially watermelon and cantaloupe, to prepare your body for the next six days. I had pineapple and papaya for breakfast. I added melon for lunch and took in the entire variety for dinner. I also drank at least 10 glasses of water – a daily requirement. Surprisingly, I didn’t get hungry throughout the day. Day 2. I didn’t particularly enjoy eating only raw and cooked vegetables. There was no limit to what you could eat. For breakfast, I had a large boiled potato which was stipulated. For lunch, I ate cabbage, string beans and carrots. For dinner, I consumed two orders of Chowking’s kangkong with bagoong. Again, I drank at least 10 glasses of water during the day. The boiled potato had to be taken in the morning and was for carbohydrates to provide energy and balance. The rest of the day was for vegetables which are virtually calorie-free. The vegetables also kicked in essential nutrients and fiber. Day 3. Any combination of fruits and vegetables was the menu. Any amount, any quantity but still no bananas. Potatoes were eliminated because the fruits took care of the carbohydrates. I mixed what I had in the previous two days. I added squash in my choice of vegetables. The idea is to choose your favorite fruits and vegetables without forcing yourself to eat what you don’t like. As usual, I gulped down at least 10 glasses of water. I covered a PBA game for TV that night and I found myself running back and forth to the restroom during timeouts to get rid of the liquids in my body. It felt good to be relieved and I realized this was part of the cleansing process. Theoretically, my body was now prepared to start burning excess pounds. Day 4. I didn’t mind the menu for the day – eight bananas and three glasses of milk. I love bananas – any kind – and I drink a lot of milk, with or without this diet. I usually eat Kellogg’s Special K red berries cereal, drenched in Magnolia low-fat milk, for breakfast. So I substituted the cereal with two bananas to start the day. For lunch, I had three bananas and another glass of Magnolia low-fat milk. Lunch was a struggle because I was tempted to eat sumptuous Chinese food at Fortune restaurant in Tarlac but I just

I’d hate to let one week of sacrifice go to waste . the body would be in a total weight loss inclination. and a half cup of bagoong rice.took my mind off what was on the table. I ate the balance of two bananas and drank another glass of milk. For the record. I never took the soup. Now. I swore I wouldn’t eat a tomato for a year. I couldn’t believe I survived the ordeal. I ate a Mongolian vegetable dish with a half cup of rice. Also. for digestion and fiber. The diet promoters said you could celebrate the end of the diet with a glass of white wine or champagne but I chose not to. The diet stipulated a cup of rice and all the vegetables. I ate the same thing for lunch as the day before and finished a bottle of orange juice. The recipe for the soup is – water 22 ounces. For dinner. For dinner. I think I slept that night with my eyes open. I spread lots of bagoong on my rice and put soy sauce on the tomatoes. According to dieticians. Day 7. However. I did the same for dinner. I had at least 10 glasses of water. I brought home some leftovers which I stored in the freezer at home before finally feasting on the food last night. At this stage. two green peppers. Nearing the homestretch. Day 6. You may eat less than a cup of rice but the six tomatoes are nonnegotiable. The program said the body will derive vitamins and fiber from the vegetables and carbohydrates from rice. the rice is for carbohydrates and the tomatoes. Day 5. For dinner. cooked or uncooked. I felt this was do-or-die just like the San Miguel Beer-Barangay Ginebra game that night. This was the worst menu – six whole tomatoes. Diet promoters said the eight bananas were for the potassium and sodium lost the last three days. it was allowed to take a particular type of “wonder” soup any time during the sevenday program. they mentioned the people with a sweet tooth will begin to develop a loss of craving for sweets. For lunch. The menu was a cup of rice. I had three tomatoes and a half cup of rice. I had something like pinakbet. I skipped breakfast this day and for lunch. six large onions. three whole tomatoes. small size cabbage and a bunch of celery with herbs and seasoning to be added as desired. At the end of the day. I slept that night thinking of what I missed for lunch at Fortune. Again. The water is to purify the system. with lots of string beans and squash. I consumed two orders of Chowking’s kangkong with bagoong and a half cup of rice. The result on my body? I lost exactly 10 pounds in seven days. all the vegetables you could eat and a glass of fruit juice. the challenge is to keep my weight to where it is. you could eat. a cup of rice and at least 12 glasses of water the entire day to cleanse the system of the uric acid it will be producing.