After my day off between the 3 Day Detox diet I began the “On the Run – 800 Calorie Diet” from the DietPoint app. I think this was also included in the free version of the app. This was a 5 day plan and I actually pushed it up to 900 daily calories because I didn’t want 8 days of super low calories – 900 is still low.
This is a great quick start die plan for busy people or people that don’t cook much. I hacked this plan a lot so I’m not going to go through each of my 5 days on the plan. I basically turned it into counting calories vs. following it exactly.
So why am I including it if I didn’t really follow it exactly? I think it’s a nifty, quick start low-calorie diet plan that is super easy to follow.
On the Run – 800 Calorie Diet plan
There are 5 days and they’re all the same with the exception of the daily fruit snack.
Breakfast – 1 80 calorie cereal bar, tea or coffee with a splash of milk
My hack – I couldn’t find any gluten-free 80 calorie cereal bar so I made 1 fried egg
Snack – 1 fruit
Day 1 – an apple
Day 2 – an orange
Day 3 – a banana
Day 4 – an apple
Day 5 – an orange
My hack – After the first day of a fruit between breakfast and lunch I switched it to between lunch and dinner. I didn’t always have a fruit depending on how many calories lunch and dinner were since they weren’t always a frozen dinner at 300 calories.
Lunch – a 300 calorie frozen dinner
My hack – if I was out on the road, for instance, I had a Taco Bell tostada (without the spicy ranch sauce) at about 210 calories. That actually gave me more calories to use towards dinner or my snack. You don’t have to have a frozen dinner – just an equivalent to 300 calories. This allows for more freedom while still staying on the basic plan.
Dinner – a 300 calorie frozen dinner plus 1 sugarless pudding or jello cup.
My hack – again, sometimes I’d eat a frozen dinner or something else but I don’t eat sugar-free stuff. I would have a Kozy Shack Rice Pudding cup at 100 calories. Keep in mind, I was eating around 900 calories a day. This made me search a bit deeper in the frozen section for gluten free dinners. I found a few new ones.
synopsis of the on the run – 800 calorie diet plan
- very easy to follow, especially if you’re using the frozen dinners as specified
- not much planning necessary
- low calorie – use only as a quick-start to beginning a new eating plan
- this is something you can come back to if you fall off the wagon on whatever plan you’ve been on
Between this and the 3 Day Detox Diet I realized that combining the 2 was very similar to The Rotation Diet. I’ve always had success with that as a quick-start or fast weight loss plan. Bottom line, I’d rather follow The Rotation Diet and calorie count with an emphasis on protein rather than follow these 2 plans. However, the Rotation Diet has it’s own eating menus in the book to follow. I know my body so I prefer to just count the calories.
The bad news is that I had a day off and had to add another day to the plan. On the 4th evening everything was going fine until I had a craving for potato chips (I love Stax). I didn’t have any in the house so I had 3 small handfuls of peanuts, which I felt was healthier anyway.
The peanuts didn’t do the trick – I wanted junk food! I knew we had some cheese balls in the house so I ate some but not a lot as the grossness of them was turning me off. After that I wanted candy. I ended up getting a roll of Necco wafers.
I was really disappointed and don’t know what happened but I got back on track the next 2 days. Unfortunately, I didn’t lose any more weight than the 3 lbs. lost on the 3 Day Detox Diet. In fact, I gained a few ounces. That was still almost 3 lbs. lost from 8 days of dieting. I’ll take it!
I think this is important to know because I think too many days of low calorie consumption isn’t good. I’m not worried because being on low calorie for only a week isn’t going to change your metabolism, especially since I took 2 days off. Next week will be back to 1200 calories and I probably won’t lose anything for a while until my body adjusts.