The 11-Day, Fit In Your Jeans Again, Diet


Now that I’ve written that title, let me just clarify one thing…I don’t believe in diets.  If you want to be thin or thinner you have to change the way you eat for life, not just for six months or 11 days.

I believe eating healthy means eating and enjoying everything but in moderation.  Portion control is key and eliminating whole food groups is only a road to disaster, usually ending with devouring a whole loaf of bread in one sitting or a whole bag of candy.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed how important regular exercise is to maintaining weight.  I walk five miles each day.  I do not lose weight from walking, but I can eat whatever I want without putting on extra pounds.  This is perfect, unless I want to lose weight, then I must restrict calories.  I should also mention I hate exercise.  I can’t stand the machines, workout classes, weights, exercise videos…I hate all of it.  But I love a brisk walk.  The magic number for me is those five miles, about 75 minutes.  It changes your body and gives you the energy you need to get through the day.

I have been unfortunately blessed with having about the slowest metabolism a person could have.  I have had doctors ask me if I am a marathon runner (which sends me keeling over with laughter) because my resting heart rate is so stinkin’ low.  I purposely ran around the block the other day just to take my pulse rate, I think it was only 74 bpm after doing a full sprint.  My blood pressure is also very low, usually 76 / 45, nurses often miss it when taking it manually.  My cholesterol also remains under 100, BUT I have no nervous energy that randomly burns calories.  None. 

I will never be the stick figure I was in my twenties.  I would have to starve myself to achieve that and I have no interest in going there, it’s too hard to maintain.  Plus, I love good food.

The wine country lifestyle can also be very detrimental to the waistline.  Our days revolve around amazing food and wine, it’s wonderful.  We celebrate, we have lots of amazing dinners that involve many courses and different wines.  We visit lots of incredible restaurants and wineries, we eat at meetings, we entertain a lot, we have lots of tastings both technical and for pleasure…it’s a never-ending revolving door of food and wine.  What could be better?

While I love this, it is not good for my jeans.  I’m not very tall, 5’4 to be exact so small amounts of weight make a difference to me and my pants fitting, ahem…comfortably. 

So recently, after a summer of celebrating the “lifestyle”, I found myself with a few extra pounds.  I had not been walking because we had just moved with all the craziness that ensued.  So I started walking again a while back, but remember I said walking helps me maintain my weight, not really lose any unless I really restrict calories. 

Basically all I wanted was to fit comfortably in my jeans again.  I have a million pairs and refuse to buy new ones.  I had a few pounds to lose and can maintain it with daily exercise. 

Someone sent me this 11 day diet touting losing 9 pounds in eleven days.  Hmmm, with my very slow-metabolism I doubted I could even lose 5 pounds in that time frame.

I figured I could do anything for 11 days and then continue with my normal eating/walking plan.  I just wanted to lose six to ten pounds.

Well, I did the diet and I lost 8 pounds in eleven days.  Weird, but it worked.

This is not a lifestyle diet, this is a, ” I Want to fit in my jeans again diet” or “I’m going to a wedding next week and I need to fit in that dress diet”….that’s it.  Or it can give you the motivation you need to then continue on with a life plan that works for you.

The diet is basically a protein diet with complex carbohydrates mixed in.  What I liked was you get to choose how much to eat—but portions must be small enough so that you never feel “full”.  In other words, you should feel like you could still eat more but should not feel hungry.

I will admit, it was not easy.  You have to have self-control and Day 2 is the absolute hardest.  If you can get through Day 2, you can get through anything.

This diet requires you have four meals a day with 2-1/2 hours apart.  I always had my first meal at 10 AM and then ate every 2-1/2 to 3 hours after that.  This worked well as my last meal would end at about dinner time, between 5 and 6.

Here is the menu plan….I’ll give you some basic diet rules after…

Also, you must, must drink 8 glasses of water a day, a total of about 64 ounces.  If you don’t drink enough water, your body holds on to water.  It’s an absolute must in this diet.

Day 1

Meal #1
Cashews (salted or unsalted)
Sausage Links (normal sausage links)
Prunes (regular prunes)

Meal # 2
Regular Cheese Slices (any type of cheese, both full-fat or low-fat)
Chicken (normally prepared chicken, skinless and non-breaded)

Meal #3
Scrambled Eggs (cooked in oil or butter in a pan)
Turkey Slices (slices of deli-style turkey meat)
Bowl of Baked Beans (regular baked beans)

Meal #4
Shrimp (non-breaded)
Peanuts (salted or unsalted)
Fresh apples

Day 2

Meal #1
For Meal #1 you must eat a deli-meat sandwich.

This sandwich must be made from the below ingredients only:

2 Pieces of bread (regular-sized sandwich bread)
Any deli style meat (ham, roast beef, pastrami, turkey or other deli meat)
Lettuce, tomatoes and onions are optional as well as allowable condiments listed at the end

For Meal #2, #3 and Meal #4 you must eat fresh fruit from this list only…
Oranges, pears, apples, grapes, peaches, plums, strawberries, kiwis and grapefruit

Day 3

Meal #1
Bacon Strips
Low Fat Milk (no chocolate milk)

Meal #2
Macadamia nuts (salted or unsalted)
Cottage Cheese (full-fat or low-fat)

Meal #3
Tuna Salad Plate (made with any of the following; low-fat mayo, mustard, lettuce, onions or tomatoes)
Ham slices (deli-style Ham…full fat or low-fat)
Garden Salad (made with veggies only, no potatoes or corn, and with 3 T. low cal salad dressing

Meal #4
Cashews
Sausage Links

Day 4

Meal #1
Regular Cheese Slices
Chicken

Meal #2
Scrambled eggs
Turkey Slices
Bowl of green & red vegetables (any veggies red or green in color)

Meal #3
Shrimp
Peanuts

Meal #4
Bacon Strips
Low Fat Milk

Day 5

Meal #1
Macadamia nuts
Cottage Cheese

Meal #2
Bowl of Green Beans
Fresh Pears

Meal #3
Tuna Salad Plate
Ham Slices

Meal #4
Cashews
Sausage links

Day 6

Meal #1
Regular Cheese Slices
Chicken
Fresh Grapes

Meal #2
Bowl of Oatmeal (instant/flavored oatmeal-no extra sugar is allowed)
Orange Pineapple Smoothie (in a blender 4-6 ounces orange juice, 1 cup nonfat milk, 1/2 banana, 4 ice cubes, several pineapple chunks and 2 T. vanilla extract)

Meal #3
Scrambled eggs
Turkey slices

Meal #4
Banana Milk Shake (in a blender 6-8 ounces nonfat milk, 2-3 T. vanilla extract, 1 large banana, jam/jelly as a sweetener)
Bowl of green vegetables

Day 7

Meal #1
Shrimp
Peanuts

Meal #2
Bacon Strips
Low Fat Milk

Meal #3
Macadamia Nuts
Cottage Cheese
Bowl of Mixed Vegetables

Meal #4
Tuna Salad Plate
Ham Slices

Day 8

Today is vegetables and salad only.  All four meals must consist only of the foods listed below:

Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, onions, celery, carrots, pinto beans, sprouts, spinach, broccoli, zucchini, squash, peppers.

You may top each meal with only one of the following 2 items, not both:

1 ounce of grated cheese or 3 T. low-calorie salad dressing

Day 9

Meal #1
Cashews
Sausage Links

Meal #2
Frozen yogurt dessert (normal frozen yogurt, the kind that looks like ice cream, no toppings)
Prunes

Meal #3
Bowl of Baked Beans
Fresh Apples

Meal #4
Regular Cheese Slices
Chicken

Day 10

Meal #1
Garden salad
Bowl of green and red vegetables

Meal #2
Scrambled eggs
Turkey slices

Meal #3
Bowl of green beans
Fresh Pears

Meal #4
Shrimp
Peanuts

Day 11

Meal #1
Bacon strips
Low fat milk
Fresh grapes

Meal #2
Macadamia nuts
Cottage Cheese

Meal #3
Bowl of Oatmeal
Orange Pineapple Smoothie

Meal #4
Tuna Salad Plate
Ham Slices

Allowable Drinks (no limits)

Any diet soda, iced tea with lemon, coffee (less than 10 calories per glass), water, any low-calorie drink (less than 10 calories per glass).

Allowable condiments

Lemon juice, ketchup, BBQ sauce, salsa, salt, pepper, mustard, seasoning salts.

Rules:

You may eat your 4 daily meals in any order, but you must eat them all.

You may eat any combination of the foods in each meal.  For example, you may eat all or just one of the foods in each meal.  So if you don’t like something, don’t eat it.

Now, the diet also says, at the end of 11 days you can take 3 cheat days and eat anything you want for 3 straight days and then start over for more weight loss.  Well, your choice.

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105 Comments and 8 Replies

  1. Eliza 1

    This “diet” plan is made for women who don’t have jobs. Working in an office does not allow you to eat these meals every 2 1/2 hours. Where would you store all the food? How could you take time out of your busy day to eat several times? Perhaps you only know women who stay at home all day. Totally unrealistic plan.

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    • Effie 2

      If you want to do the diet you will find a way. Pack your meals in an insulated lunch bag. Use the fridge in the lunch room. You’re not taking 30 minutes to eat each meal. Have your regular lunch break and then perhaps eat the snack at your desk. If you’re not allowed food at your desk then take a shorter lunch and a 10 minute break. It is totally doable. I have an office job…in a VERY BUSY surgeon’s office, and I do this no problem. It’s making the decision to do it. Once the decision is made, the rest is easy.

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      • chani Yammer 3

        I work full time, often late, have 3 kids, and a husband, who also works full time, and we’ve both done this diet successfully many times, losing 7-9 lbs in a 11 days (less, the more time in a row it’s done). That said, once the week is over and the weight is off, one day or two of regular meals and we usually gain back a pound or two. Still, two weeks later, we’re still down 5-7 lbs! You really do need to change your eating habits in order to keep the weight off, though. It’s been years since the first try and most of the weight has stayed off.

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  2. I think this could be possible, even for a working person. Provided they plan ahead.
    I have found that my metabolism has slowed as I age too. To almost non existant. Big change from being able to eat what I want, when I want. It’s definitely a lifestyle change if you want to stay slim.

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  3. Hazel 5

    Depends on your work environment if this is possible or not. My last job in an office, I could have made this work most days. But for now, I work retail and it’s just not possible – pity, I’d love to try it.

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  4. This is exactly what I said to myself back in April when I decided to lose weight. I started counting my calories and watching my portions, but at the same time I said I’m not cutting anything out and dessert once in a while won’t kill me. I walk almost every morning and all of this seems to be working for me. It’s just nice to hear someone else say it.

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  5. Julia 7

    I can’t even diet for one day! As much as I’d love to lose the weight I do better to accept my body as it is and exercise regularly. Good for you for having the will-power!

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  6. Stephanie 8

    Wow! I can’t believe the stuff you can eat? Did you continue to walk your 5 miles while on this diet? That also contributed to your weight loss? Please post the other menu plan if you don’t mind.
    Great site by the way. Not only do you have great recipes but I can live vicariously with you on your vineyard.

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  7. I think I’m going to print this out and give it a try. That’s just about the amount of time I have and close to the amount of weight I’d like to lose. I don’t think my coffee has less than 10 calories per cup with the cream and sugar, though, and I can’t drink it black. I may have to fudge on that one, but I could cut back how many cups I drink. Drinking low fat milk will be difficult, too.

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  8. Barbie with a T 10

    Well, I happen to be the queen of fad diets, as I have been on all of them during a couple of phases in my life. I can tell you this diet will work for me, as I have been on a similar diet before. Lelord Kordel, published a book in the 1960’s that was just about like this one. I ate meatballs for breakfast, swimming in butter. The name of his book was “Eat Fat, Grow Slim”. There was a quick loss of weight for me. But as soon as I went back to my regular lifestyle and regular meals, the weight came back, of course. But, like you said, it is a quick fix if you want to fit into something like jeans or dresses for an event. I am now on an exercise plan and portion control and I have lost almost 30 lbs. since January. (9 months). My plan was to stay on this diet and exercise regimen for an entire year, so that I would not have to make that annual New Year’s resolution…lose weight. I walk 6-12 miles a day also. Now, weight loss occurs only when I do portion control, but walking only maintains my weight when I overeat. I am exactly like you. I hate exercise machines, workouts, etc. I love food. I have a very low metabolism when I do not walk. But walking ups my metabolism and gives me energy. I am very lucky to have the beach handy for walking. I could walk for hours. (I do walk 2-4 hours a day.)
    P.S. I now fit in all of my old jeans, and I am looking forward to fall and winter when I can wear them comfortably.

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  9. Jessica 11

    How much of each of these foods do you eat? Is it as much as you want, or a limited number?

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  10. That is totally doable–and you’d never be hungry! Did you miss your wine?

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  11. BigSis 13

    Good for you on losing those few “lifestyle” pounds! Since I’m not a meat-eater and not big on dairy, I couldn’t do this plan, but I’m glad it worked for you! It’s smart to get extra pounds off before winter, I think, since people frequently put on weight during the colder months.

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  12. annbb 14

    Does this include wine??? No??? Darn!

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  13. dawn 15

    sounds like that infamous hospital diet that was all the rage back in the 80’s: lose 10 pounds in 3 days; it works too, but the menu is awful.
    I am the opposite of you, I love weights and working out, but HATE walking. Hate hate hate walking. I workout at the gym 5/6 days a week so I can almost eat anything I want, always in moderation though.

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  14. Marjie 16

    I too hate exercise. I too have very low blood pressure, always under 90/60, and sometimes referred to as “near comatose” by doctors who think they’re funny. And the older we get, the harder it is to lose. My dearly beloved wisecracks that with my blood pressure I’ll live to be 150 years old. This is better than my “holy s**t” diet, which consists of 3 days of bananas, oranges, tons of water, and a dinner with little carbs. By the end, you don’t want to see bananas or oranges for a while, but we have to go with whatever works for the “I’ve got to drop a few” days!

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  15. Pam 17

    I’ve got 10+ lbs to loose. I’ve gained weight since starting the food blog. UGH. I just love food too much to give it up and I am like you, I am not a huge fan of exercise. This is a very interesting diet…I am trying WW right now but if that doesn’t work, I’ll be trying this. Congrats on the weight loss.

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  16. Bacon!! Sausage Links! This does sound good.

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  17. I’d have to stay on this for 18 months in order to lose all the weight I need to lose! Totally doable though. Well, in my head anyhow. I can say it, but can I do it?

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  18. Lisa 20

    Sounds interesting. If I could lose 5 to 10 pounds I would be thrilled!

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  19. Paula 21

    Wow, as a fellow low metabolism person, I’m intrigued. Especially since I gained weight since I started food blogging. And any diet that tells me to eat bacon, sausage, and shrimp is right up my alley!

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  20. That is an unsual combination of foods. Glad it worked for you.

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  21. Candy 23

    I was with you until I didn’t see wine listed as a food group. Now I’m not sure I can do survive it.

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    • colleen 24

      you are allowed wine ..there are different food choices you pick what you want and it generates the menu for you.. but it is not free I paid in 2008 and have not paid since

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  22. Bob 25

    I’m intrigued by the concept, but unfortunately my lifestyle isn’t conducive to 4 meals a day. I’ve been able to maintain my weight for a while… well, I did. Heh, I had some family visiting and that stopped that.

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  23. Cashews and sausage links? I’m thinking no way. But if it works you will make a believer out of me. If I walked 5 miles a day I wouldn’t worry about anything else. Yay for you!

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  24. knmkendall 27

    Looks interesting and I want to give it a try. I’m glad it worked so well for you. That’s wonderful and makes me motivated to try it! I’d also be interested in the other weight loss plan you mentioned.

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  25. Marlene 28

    Whatever works for you, is great…I will stick with my plan. I am too ADD to follow something like this though!! :) You can do it!!

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  26. Memoria 29

    This diet is definitely not going to work for those who want to maintain what they’ve lost. Every time you do a diet that requires you eat specific, “different-than-usual” foods for a set period of time, it won’t work long-term unless you eat those items for the rest of your life. It’s best to just do portion control with healthier meals MOST of the time and exercise. It takes longer, but it’s long-term.

    Also, what do you do if you don’t like nuts, cottage cheese, and some of the other items listed? I would not be able to eat hardly anything on this diet. haha

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  27. What a great way to shed a few pounds!

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  28. Courtney d 32

    I did this diet a few weeks ago and it went well. I lost 8 pounds in 8 days. I quit on the 8th day (vegetable day) because I have a lactose and an egg intolerance, so I was getting sick. The only thing I’d advise to be aware of is there is not a lot of fiber, which may “confuse” your normal digestive system. Best of luck!

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  29. It’s basically an Adkins/ South Beach type of diet. It also rocket fuels your metabolism because of the frequent small meals. That is key when your metabolism is slow.
    Taking a small spoon of 100% virgin coconut oil three times a day before eating will also help your metabolism, energy and weight loss. Fat is not our enemy. Your diet is very very healthy, your lifestyle is healthy, and you are healthy. Get back into the jeans and then back into life and whatever you do please don’t get into the vicious cycle of dieting. It makes you gain weight.You could cut back on sugar a bit, but your food is wonderful. I think about how happy your family must be and how blessed they are to have a good cook and home maker, not to even mention wine maker!
    I am losing weight now finally and I am back to eating really good nourishing food like one of those juicy rib eye steaks with that butter sauce, yep I’ll be right over.

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  30. Sophia 34

    I’m not looking to lose weight at all, but this meal plan is really interesting. It really doesn’t seem like that starvation diet or really restrictive. I’m glad it worked for you!

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  31. Lynn 35

    Second menu please. This is definitely going to be my “I have a sister-in-laws wedding to attend in 2 weeks and have to look good because my younguns are in the wedding” crash diet. I never diet either, but these are extenuating circumstances! ;o)

    My best, Lynn

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  32. Liz C. 36

    Good Lord! Get back into those cute jeans lest you have to buy a pair of (God Forbid!) Mom Jeans. Hehehe

    This diet reminds me a bit of the the Three Day Diet, which really worked because of the chemical breakdown certain foods have when eaten together. Somehow, that breakdown is what causes you to lose the weight. There was so much food on the diet, I could never finish a day’s worth. You could lose up to 10 pounds (with a 3 day on & 4 day off method). It sure did work for me.

    That said, I believe I’m to the point in my life that I refuse to any longer deprive myself of delicious things. However, I have to maintain this size because I love my clothes, LOL!

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  33. nancy 37

    well, it was entertaining to read.

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  34. Mary 38

    Not to change the subject but I’ve heard this late hot weather will make for wonderful wine grapes. True?

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  35. Ashley 39

    I cannot wait to try this! Please either post the alternate menu plan (or email the same). Thank you and I love your site!

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  36. Cheryl 40

    It seems like SOOO much food to me! You really lose weight? Science and nutrition are amazing things. (and I have to disagree with the commenter who believes one could not work and take on this diet. Preparation ahead combined with motivation I think would do it. As a working woman who NEVER leaves her desk to eat, I think I could easily do it from my desk drawer. Seems minimally challenging to me…) But I am NOT going to do as others have cited the glaring absence of wine.

    Hey! How about a glass (or 2) every 2 and a half hours for 11 days? 😉
    (Now THAT one I couldn’t do at work….)

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  37. Leslie 41

    well that diet looks like no fun at all!
    No chocolate? No Butter? Just call me dead!
    And by the way. You might have a slow metabolism, well My metabolism is GONE GONE GONE!

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  38. I’m impressed that this diet worked so well! I might actually give it a try, if I loose about 10 pounds, I could probably fit in my skinny jeans :)

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  39. Wow–that’s an interesting sounding diet! I might just try it? I would LOVE to lose 8-10 pounds! Maybe if my sister does it along with me?

    I’m impressed w/ how much you walk every day–I wish I could motivate myself to do that…

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  40. Nectarine 44

    Wow – you might just have me at what I need. I need help with the last little bit and I might do this. Would love the other option!! Look at your blog often and love it. Thanks.

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  41. If only you could have read my mind and posted this a week and a half ago-so I could put it to good use before my 25th reunion this weekend :)

    Looking to wear black…….

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  42. LilSis 46

    Hi Cathy,
    My main question would be, is this like what I’ve heard from people that have done an Atkins diet, after you lose the weight and then start eating normal again, do you gain it all back plus more?

    I still have eight pounds to lose after having a boot on my foot all summer due to a stress fracture. I am back to walking my five miles and riding my bike and it’s slowly coming off, but this would be a nice jump start.

    Are there not specific quantities when it comes to the protein?

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  43. Barbara 47

    It’s a little weird but that’s why it works I suppose. Someone, years ago, gave me a 3 day diet- called the “Model’s Diet”. You use it when you are going to a party and need some emergency weight loss to get into a dress that is just a wee bit too snug. It works too.
    I’m like you- lousy metabolism- but unlike you, I do best in classed- step, weights,pilates. I have no will power. Ugh. I’m probably a LOT older than you too. :)

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  44. Noble Pig 48

    Stephanie-

    I had written that walking only maintains my weight and doesn’t make me lose any extra weight.  I was walking before the diet and during as well.

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  45. Noble Pig 49

    Jessica-

    It’s all in there.

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  46. Noble Pig 50

    Yes!!

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  47. Noble Pig 51

    LilSis-

    Because I walk every day, that maintains my weight, no matter what I am eating. 

    The amounts to eat are all in the post.

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  48. dawn 52

    I started this today!! I have some jeans I NEED to fit into!

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  49. Juliana 53

    Well, I usually cannot follow any diet, so I do not even try…I just try to cut on sugar and carbs 😉

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  50. Nikki 54

    um… actually you didn’t really post any amounts for the food. Is it really however much you care to eat or were there specific amounts?

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  51. Nikki 55

    Sorry… didn’t see it the first time! Had to re-read the post. Oops!

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  52. How did I get away from blog reading for so long? I am playing catch up now with all of the blogs I missed.

    I wish a walk could keep my weight down. I struggle with it constantly. I’m a gym rat plus I do my dance classes and my riding and I’m still a good 20 pounds overweight. I know I need to modify my diet a bit, but I do love to eat. I think I’d have a tough time sticking to this one, especially if I had to cook for my husband too. I’m really trying to get myself motivated to at least cut out sugar 90% of the time. If I can seriously curb one vice, it might help me modify others.

    BTW, don’t say you’re not that tall. I’m 4’11”. To me you’re a giant. 😀
    (There’s a reason why I say I’m the SHORT disorder Cook)

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  53. I have never attempted a diet and know I wouldn’t be able to do it. I do have a thing I do to keep focused on healthy eating though. I count how many fruit/veg servings I have each day, and it has to be at least five.

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  54. Sara 58

    Ok, I just had a baby two weeks ago and it will definitely take me some time before I can get back to my pre-pregnancy 98 lbs. I think if I try this-I will be really close to where I want to be. Thanks so much for the post!

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  55. Melynda 59

    Wow, is all I can say. You are a brave woman to eat this way for 9 days. Good thing my jeans fit, of course they are larger than yours :)…

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  56. Melynda 60

    Well of course I meant 11 days, maybe my jeans are tighter than I originally thought!

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  57. Vancouver 61

    I can’t seem to find the amounts of each portion and I’ve read through all the comments.

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  58. I find that to be a strange diet — the way day 2 is so particular. Well, the whole thing is very particular, I just don’t get what the combinations of food are so specific.

    Anyway – not my sort of thing. I’d be interested to see some people try the diet and others use the same rule of thumb of eating until you’re not full, with an approximately equivalent fat and caloric intake.

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  59. Debbie 63

    I know exactly what you mean about the walking that allows you to eat what you want (with common sense of course) but not lose weight. I love walking too. I have several pounds to lose (about 10) and then my jeans will be comfortable again. I’ve dieted once in my life and lost 25 lbs but it really is more of a lifestyle change. Diets are for the short term..thanks for posting this. I may try this to just give me the jump start I need and then walk, walk, walk to maintain! p.s I work in an office and would have no problem following this.

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  60. Biz 64

    With all the amazing food you make, I don’t know how you lasted 11 days!

    Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  61. I can’t believe you made it through 11 days of this. I’m willing to try anything…but, yeesh, will have to think about that shopping list. Anyway, congrats!

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  62. Lea Ann 66

    Love this post. I walk two miles per day but I also do the weight machine circuit. I’m not crazy about the machines, would rather use that time to walk twice as far – but the mean ol doctor told me I had to do weight bearing. To avoid osteoporosous. (sp??) So, instead of looking at it like exercise, I think about my future health. Makes it an easier pill to swallow. I will keep this message for that diet. I totally agree with you, moderation is the key to everything, BUT, ya never know when an emergency few pounds might need to go.
    Lea Ann

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  63. This diet is wild! Nuts, sausage and prunes is an interesting combination. So do you just eat them by themselves then or can you make a recipe of some kind with them???

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  64. dawn 68

    I’m on Day 3 and I’ve lost 3.6 pounds. Yeah!

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  65. noble pig 69

    “…you get to choose how much to eat—but portions must be small enough so that you never feel “full”. In other words, you should feel like you could still eat more but should not feel hungry.” From the blog post.

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  66. elra 70

    Cathy,
    what a coincidence… This “I’m going to a wedding next week and I need to fit in that dress diet”…. it’s so true right now. I do need to fit in my dress, cause I just don’t want o buy a new dress to wear to the wedding. I have been so bad through out the summer. I need the diet for real. I need to lose 8 pounds!!!! Not sure if I can really do diet, but I’ll try hard! Thanks for posting this just right in time.

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  67. Just say diet and you get 66 comments. Haha.
    Number one, I wish I had a “part” of your life. You live in foodie heaven. I live in potluck culture. (nashville). Number 2, I am same size I was in my 20’s, but it’s Still 15 pounds more than I want to be. Lately everyone is saying I look like I lost weight and i”m thinking just how fat did I look? And, I exercise at the gym nearly 5 days a week for twenty years, just to maintain, so I totally get the 75 minutes walking to eat. Now, I laugh as I look at the ingredients. Is this the Oscar Meyer or Boar’s Head diet? Seriously, congratulations on the 8 pounds and when I write you in two weeks to tell you I did it too, don’t laugh at me. 8 pounds would make me happier than you could imagine.

    P.S. I made those banana snickerdoodles you posted some time back. Everyone loved them.

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  68. Jenny 72

    I don’t have a problem with any of the foods listed….it’s the variety. Wow, this will be a killer grocery trip to incorporate EVERYTHING!

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  69. Biff 73

    That’s incorrect. I work in an office and unless yours is extremely strict with policies it can work. I currently eat every 2.5 – 3 hours and i bring a lunch bag with my meals pre-portioned and put in the refrigerator, or you can use a blue ice block if there is no fridge. There are no excuses to not eat healthy.

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  70. DianeM 74

    This is the morning of Day 7 for me, and so far, I have lost 5 pounds! That is MAJOR for me. It’s very difficult for me to lose weight.
    I knew this would work when I read your post, Cathy, as it is similar to diets I’ve tried before. I’m glad I was right! I needed the motivation to get started again. I’m looking forward to my 3 days of regular eating, but am pumped to try another 11 days after that.
    The food is delicious. The shopping list wasn’t bad at all (I eat a lot of those foods already). Planning ahead on food prep is a must, since I work a full-time job, but that is working out well.
    I walk some at work, and have a Tony Little Gazelle at home…so that helps.
    This is totally something I can stick with, and, like South Beach diet, it has proven to me, again, that portion control, and more small meals instead of 3 large meals is better.
    I just want to thank you, Cathy, for posting this. I have it bookmarked, and refer to it several times a day.
    I hope to report back, at the end of my first 11 days. Thank you so much.

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  71. Gina 75

    I am starting the diet today. I work full time so I prepare my meals the night before. In addition, I am doing 45 mins cardio M-W-F and circuit training Tuesday and Thursday. I will report back Friday (Day 5).

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  72. Gina 76

    Okay, all, I’m back. Day 5! I will admit I struggled with this diet. Especially Day 2. This is a cross between Atkins and that crazy 3-day diet (the one with the hot dogs and icecream). For some reason the food combo’s were not appealing. If anyone has watched the show “Chopped” on Foodnetwork, I can just see the contestants opening their baskets with the host of the show saying “Okay what culinary delight can you make with “scrambled eggs, turkey slices, and red & green vegetables???” or “Cashews and Sausage Links??” The good news is: I did slim down somewhat even though it has been only 4 days. I believe the weight you are losing is mostly water weight. This diet is definitely not a life style diet. I do not believe in weighing myself. I always go by how my jeans fit. After today, I’m cheating this weekend. My favorite time of year to cook and bake!! Monday – back to oatmeal or a crustless quiche for breakfeast, chicken/salad for lunch and Salmon/salad for dinner. I snack on berries and nuts in between. This has worked for me for 4+ years. However, thank you for sharing this diet. It was a challenge!

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  73. DianeM 77

    Yesterday was Day 11 for me. Total pounds lost…SIX!! Wuu-whooo! This has me stoked and ready to try it again, after my 3-day break.
    I really enjoy the food, but, yes, Day 2 was a killer. Luckily, I am very fond of grapefruit, apples, and grapes.

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  74. Janet Qualter 78

    Cathy,
    Could you post the other meal plan.
    Easiest diet I have ever tried.
    Thank you

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  78. Nicole 82

    I looked at this when you posted it and loved everything you had to say about it being a diet!! I have had it in my head we would do it sometime and this week is sometime! We are on day six today and I have lost 6 lbs already. I am doing it with my mother (down 4 lbs after 4 days), and my husband (down 4 lbs after 4 days). We are excited to see what happens. I was hoping you could email/post the other menu plan as I think we might try it again. Anything you have and are willing to share we would appreciate it. Love your blog and share it with others often!

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  79. Nectarine 83

    I saw this when you posted it and have always thought this would work and after the cold winter and my love of baking it was time to start getting a jump start on my bad lifestyle choices. I am now on day 6 and have lost 6 lbs. My husband and mother are doing it with me and we are enjoying this together. We were hoping you could either email or post other menu plans. I love that I do not have to think about what to eat for these 11 days!! Thanks!

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  80. Noble Pig 84

    I wish I knew where that other diet plan was…sorry.

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  81. Rania 85

    Today is my second day but have a question, can I use skimmed milk with tea and coffee during the day??

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  82. Noble Pig 86

    Coffee should have less than 10 calories per glass.

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  83. Rania 87

    Thanks a lot for the prompt reply, another question: non-sugar juice is allowed (100 ml=46 cal.) ??? your reply to this question will be highly appreciated (my husband’s concern):-):-)

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  84. Noble Pig 88

    Hmmm, besides iced tea, water ,coffee, diet soda it says any drink should be under 10 calories per glass.

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  85. Macadamia nuts have a seed coat contained in a hard green shell that opens as the nut matures.

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  86. Janet Barnett 90

    What are the portions on these meals there are none there.

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  87. Noble Pig 91

    As it says in the post, “eat until right before you are full”.

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  88. Annie 92

    Hi, all…. I have tried this diet in the summer of 2008 and it was effective for me… I actually lost 10 pounds in 11 days and friends were asking me how I did it….I took the trial and generated a couple of meal samples including a vegetarian one then cancelled my subscription. I actually still have a copy of the meal generated from that trial offer and use it whenever I needed to lose some pounds.

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  89. PugLover 93

    I am hoping for the same thing! :)

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  90. Lee Thomason 94

    Would it be possible for me to get a copy of the 11 day diet you refer to in your website. I have tried to download it but haven’t been successful. Thank you in advance…..Lee T. Flagstaff, AZ

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  91. stephanie 95

    my husband works and still sticks to this diet. He takes the simple things Nuts, ect to work. He cant always eat every 2.5 but eats one item of each meal and has lost 1 lb a day!

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  92. britni 96

    Hi, I have been hearing lots about this diet and I want to try it. I would like to lose 100 lbs and get back to original weight for a wedding next year (not mine). I happen to be a very picky eater though so I was wondering if there was an alternative to shrimp, or any seafood really? This combination of foods is probably the closest to what I would eat. Ive seen a lot of them say seafood, hardboiled eggs, cottage cheese, all of which are things I will not eat. I dont even like eggs but i can stomach eating scrambled eggs. I just want to know what to use as replacement and still effectively lose the weight.

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  93. Judi 97

    It looks totally doable except it does not offer solutions for gluten dairy free

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  94. Eileen Ryan 98

    Can you take your vitimins onthis diet?

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  95. Happig 100

    MY EXPERIENCE:
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  96. julius 101

    Greetings All,

    I stumbled onto this diet back in 2008 and tried it. I did work for me. I got down about 25 lbs and then went back to eating like a teenager. The weight crept back up. In 2010 I had major open heart surgery @ 55. Not blockage, but a condition I was born with called Anomalous Right Coronary Artery. I never knew I had it til I began to get lightheaded for no apparent reason. Anyway, after the surgery, I began to eat, and eat, and eat. @ 6’3′ I weighed in at 255 lbs last August. I decided to go back on the 11 day diet and cut out gluten as well, so I don’t eat the sandwich which is allowed on this diet. I weighed in this morning @ 196
    . I feel fantastic, REALLY. I’ve read excuse after excuse as to why this is a terrible diet and , blah blah blah about it’s unhealthy, impossible, etc. NO, it’s all in how you want to approach it. I’ve become a big believer that your body will crave what you put into it. It’s not easy in the beginning because your body wants what you’ve fed it forever. After a couple of weeks you’ll look forward to the handful of nuts, the fruit, the eggs, the WATER.. Take if from this 58 year old, you owe it to yourself to feel good. Think about it this way. There are a lot of old people and there are a lot of fat people. However, there aren’t a lot of old fat people! Good Luck.

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  97. A few years back I lost 30-35 lbs. and have kept it off without too much trouble, but I recently noticed my weight starting to creep up. I just want to knock off about 5 lbs. so I thought I’d try this. I’m currently on day 6 and have already lost 4 or 5 lbs. I don’t agree that Day 2 is the toughest – mostly eating fruit all day, plus a sandwich? No, Day 8 is probably where I will bail out – just veggies all day – and since I’ve already pretty much met my goal, I’m good with stopping there. I just hope I don’t put it right back on after going back to my normal eating regimen. But this has been a good wake up call to remain vigilant! (By the way, I am on a gluten-free diet – the only problem I had was the oatmeal (which I don’t like anyway), and I had some gf bread in the freezer so I used that for my sandwich.)

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  98. Izzy 103

    I’ve tried this diet program but only followed til day 6 and lose already 9 lbs! I accidentally deleted the file that has this program plan menu and thanks to you i can now got to refer it back from your site. Believe me i don’t starve by eating only fruits and veggies. I eat, eat still lose weight by this plan

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  99. Lindsey 104

    Actually..the diet doesn’t specify that your meals must BE 2 1/2 apart…but at least 2 1/2…so its fine if lunch is at noon and dinner is at 5:00.

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  100. ceci 105

    Any substitute for macadamia and cashews? I’m allergic to nuts

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    • Julius 106

      You don’t have to chose any nuts when generating the diet. They are simply a set of foods within a group. The diet will generate different foods that you chose each time you make your choices. I’ve read other peoples comments about the amount of nuts in the program. I love nuts and generally stick to walnuts and cashews. Macadamia nuts are rather expensive do I rarely download those as a choice.

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      • ceci 107

        So basically any nuts will do? As long as we stick within the group of meal for that day?

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  101. Julius 108

    Yes, I assume that is correct, although cashews, macadamia, peanuts, and walnuts are the only ones listed. If you have any allergies to nuts, then just pick a different food from that category. I believe you have to chose 7 or 8 foods from two different sets and nuts are on one group. There are several foods to chose from and they range from fish to bacon so there are enough that you can tailor to what you like.

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  102. sherra 109

    Hi, do you have the amount / proportion of each food type to take. for instance, cashew nut, how many grams are allowed? thanks .

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  103. Sandra 111

    Best diet ever if your trying to lose those stuck pounds. I gained 25lbs due to memopause and although was dieting I couldn’t lose weight. I previously had lost 86lbs on weight watchers and have kept it off for 17 years.but due to memopause I couldn’t lose weight no matter what I did. I tried this diet in hope of losing those extra pounds and it works . So I want to encourage anyone to give it a try!

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  104. John 112

    I have done this diet off and on for years, and not only does it work, the more you do it, the more you crave the foods that are on it, so it’s easier to do. Now I am to the point where I don’t care about the structure of the plan and eating 4 meals a day, I just stick to the foods on the plan in any order I want, and I have not put any weight back on. Those foods changed my metabolism. Even going through the holidays, eating all the cookies my wife could make, I never gained an ounce.

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  105. aly 113

    Does anyone know the quantities of each food?

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