OK before I start, I’d tell you to go consult your physician and or nutritional dietion, but lets face it. We’re in Kuwait, they’d probably just laugh at you and give you Panamol. So, please use your own good judgment, should you have one, in what you put in your mouth, or dont for that matter. I am not a dietion, and neither is Alton. With that said, this is a diet that will actually work, and it works because its great and its easy and very reptitive. If you are someone who does not enjoy reptition, than you are probably going to need to look else where. Also, bare in mind that this is not a diet that you should stick to, as it is not healthy in the long run.
With the above disclimiar though I will mention, that what ever advice I am going to give you in this post is probably going to be less harmful than a few meals you chose to eat at McDonalds or Kaboria.
OK, long story short. Alton was on heitus from his show “Good Eats” and from hosting “Iron Chef” for a few months and then .. he returns well, lets just say he lost a shit-ton of weight. People were so worried from his weight loss, that they thought he had cancer. But no, he lost weight using his culunary knowledge, which is down right scientific when compared to most if not all chefs.
So without further adieu, here it is.
Let Live and Diet
- Whole Grains
- Leafy Greens
- Green Tea
3 times a Week
- Oily Fish
- Sweet Potato
1 time a Week
- Red Meat
0 times a Week
- Fast food
- Soda (with the exception of club soda)
- Processed meals
- Canned Soups
- Anything with the word diet on it
1 Golden rule
- Breakfast. Everyday.
Super Smoothy = Acai Juice + Soymilk + Blueberry or blackberry + strawberry + mango + banana (prefered frozen, since its a smoothy) Now blend. (this was his daily breakfast)
Canned Sardines (with bone, drain brine) + sherry vinegear + fresh parsly chopped + lemon zest + black pepper
Enjoy with chopsticks, or
Broil sourdough, slice add half avocado spread, add sardines from above throw a little coarse sea salt
Spicy Almonds = heat olive oil and seasame oil + add dried chilli + add raw almonds + add worchester sauce + soy sauce + remove from pan coat with salt and dried ginger + put it in oven for 20 minute (110) let it cool for 30 minute and then enjoy (limit your dosage to one ounce)
All sorts of assortments of iced tea (you can get creative with this like adding lemon, honey..etc)
If you’d like more information about the diet, check out Episode 13 of Season 13 of ‘Good Eats’ it can easily be found online or on youtube.
Now that is what he talks about in the episode, but if you look at the list, you’ll find more clues on what else he ate, but its obvious (From the episode) that his diet heavily relied on those two staples, the smoothy and the sardines.
I followed this diet a few months ago and lost 25% of my weight. Yes 25%. None of my clothes fit and I felt amazing. Up until I moved to LA and gained it all in 3 months. So, I decided to get back to my goal weight and thought I’d share this with you, in hopes of inspiring someone to start a diet. Here are some tips I followed:
- - You need to start cooking your own meals or at least prepare them yourself, if you cant do this then STOP, you will not be able to do this diet. End of story, move along.
- - My cheat snack? Oatmeal. OMG SO GOOD. Yes, OMG. They are 120 calories a packet and they will leave you full like you just ate machboos. I pair them with some nice tea in the morning or for a light dinner. Get the Maple syrup one, so good.
- - Kill carbs from your main meals, completely. Find a substitute, mine was salads.
- - With that said, dont be stupid and stop eating carbs all together, just dont base your meals on carbs.
- - Rice is good, in small portions its great! and I added it to some of my meals
- - Go to Lulu hypermarket, Sultan sucks.
- - Never cook with vegetable oil or butter, make sure you either use small portions of vegetable oil.
- - Also note, that vegetable oil can be cancerous when it reaches boiling point, so make sure you always add other liquids when you plan to cook for a long time.
- - For example: Chicken breasts are the leanest cut you can buy and they are so delicious and easy to cook. Just make sure they dont dry out when you cook them, add chicken stock or some sort of citrus juice when you cook them (or just plain water)
- - Buy all sorts of proteins for the whole week. Get creative every week with what you cook.
- - Avoid at all costs steaks that say “New Zealand” in Kuwait, those are just poor cows and sheep that were bought from NZ decades ago and have been breaded here since then. They are spongy and disgusting, god knows what they feed them and hence why they are cheap. Good bets are = USDA, Argentine, Australian. In that order. Otherwise, dont even bother buying. Another option would be to go to a real butcher and ask them for the cuts yourself, though I haven’t done that. Get a fatty cut, if you want, and remember thats all you’re eating for a whole meal, so its ok.
- - Salmon, even though its farmed, its still nutritious and tasty. I’ll have a whole post about farmed Salmon later, but for now and for what we have here in Kuwait, its good enough.
- - Lamb Stu’s. YES. Get some lean cuts throw them in the oven with veggies and let them cook till their tender. Pair them with a nice salad and bam! great meal.
- - Mix your meals with different herbs and spices. Lulu has them all. I regularly add lemongrass to my chicken breasts or rosemary to my lamb cuts. Oh yeah.
- - Buy shrimps in small quantities so you can cook them fresh and you can control your portions (avoid Kuwaiti, its springy and dare I say chemically, Saudi or Irani is the way to go)
Here is a clip from the episode.