The CSIRO Diet road test

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In case you don’t follow me on twitter you may have missed my exciting news (that after being sick in bed for most of last week) I have been inspired by @garydlum to take better care of my temple. Recently I also picked up some wonderful free books from @eatnik including this gem from 2005…

CSIRO diet

I started the CSIRO well-being diet on Monday 28 April. I currently have a 108cm waist, I lug around 30% body fat (which is probably much more than I need, even to survive a protracted zombie holocaust) and I weigh 102kg. I understand that weight alone is not a good measure of progress, especially as I have a large frame. Although not particularly tall (6ft) I have weighed up to 110kg in the past when I was a bit lonely and did a lot of body-building. But my best fighting weight is around 87kg (after a year in the military at aged 18.5… a long time ago!).

I reckon I should be around 90kg so that’s what I’ll aim for, at least initially. So my plan is to lose around 1kg per week for the next 12 weeks. I understand exercise and extra water will help and will try my best to find time for more of that as well. Anyway, wish me luck!

The first step is to try and stick to the meal plan, that replaces lots of unhealthy food (burgers, fried food, pizzas, too much pasta, etc.) with healthy options … like this chilli tuna salad sandwich on day 1!

chilli tuna sandwich

My better half is also helping immensely, just to remind me I’m the luckiest man in the world.

Day 2 update: I haven’t died of starvation yet, despite the audible tummy rumbles during the day. I don’t think I’ll bother measuring my stats or progress until at least the weekend. There’s no point stressing over it each day, once a week will be enough! πŸ™‚

Anyway, feel free to comment/criticise/laugh, etc. Peer pressure helps right? πŸ™‚

Day 7 update: This morning I weighed, measured and stared at myself again, as I will each weekend for the next few months. The good news is I have lost a whole kilo, despite not doing any substantial exercise whatsoever (apart from the usual daily stroll with the dogs each morning). If I can continue to lose a kilo each week I will reach my goal weight of 90kg on schedule in 12 weeks. Can’t complain about that. What is perplexing though is that the electronic scale still says I have 30% body fat. I guessing it does that because it rounds it up or down a percent and I need to lose a bit more fat. Also, it turns out I was measuring my waist incorrectly. Better half says I should be doing it where I bend to the side. So turns out my waist is 104cm. But I can’t really compare that to the 108cm from last week which I measured a bit lower on my abdomen. Good news is a couple of more ribs are showing and my stomach is clearly starting to shrink a bit as I keep to the food plan. So far so good!

To celebrate our mutual progress we enjoyed hamburgers for dinner tonight! here are some pictures and captions:

I set the table with an abundance of healthy options for the family to add between their burger buns, in addition to the meat patties:
healthy burger feast

My partner made enough healthy lean meat patties to ensure I was tempted to eat two – but I resisted, for about an hour, eventually eating a second one without a bun or cheese etc. I cooked them to perfection. Insides were still juicy, though not raw!
finely cooked burger patties thick and juicy

My fine burger, assembled with love, and wholegrain bread buns, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, capsicum, mushroom, beef and (light!) cheese πŸ™‚
a fine burger made with love at home

This is what happens if you let a six year old decide what to put in their burger and assemble it unsupervised. Her “lettuce and butter burger” was intentionally designed to allow room for dessert and post-dinner snacks. Naughty!
6 year olds butter and lettuce burger

I think its all the cooking shows she watches with her mum and dad, but the 2 year old now enjoys many creatively “deconstructed” meals, including burgers.
Ms 2 deconstructed burger

6 thoughts on “The CSIRO Diet road test

    Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things said:
    April 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Congratulations! It’s good to bite the bullet and make a start! I love those two books from the CSIRO and cook from them often. My trouble is that Peter and I eat way too much (in quantity) for our age. Good luck with your endeavours, and remember to move more and eat less… please inspire me, I need it!

      cbrfoodie responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Liz. Let’s catch up soon over a healthy lunch! :))

    shenANNAgans said:
    May 1, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Go you good thing!!! Nice work Elias, like Liz said, its good you’ve made a start. One day at a . πŸ™‚ Have you tried Bikram Yoga? Its a really wonderful way to tone up and get healthy, you sweat out all the toxins. I go every day if you wanna come along?

      cbrfoodie responded:
      May 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Thanks for the positive reinforcement Anna. Yoga would be awesome but I don’t think by body is designed for it. As my wife Vanessa likes to explain: Last time we did Yoga (in 2002, when we were renting in Waramanga) she closed her eyes whilst lying on the floor of the Weston Creek Community Centre to the comforting sounds of sitars and mantras, only to be startled by my loud snoring a few seconds later. If someone tells me to lie down on a warm floor, close my eyes and listen to relaxing music… the result will be sleep πŸ™‚

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    elena said:
    October 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Nice read thank you

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