Monday, 20 February 2012

Phase 1, Day 1 - Cleansing Phase

Well, started my journey along the 30 day Boyer weight loss program today. It's run by Derek Boyer, Australia's strongest man & his wife Sally, a nutritionist by profession. So together they combine knowledge of building muscle and keeping a healthy diet.  It's the first time I've actually paid to participate in a program rather than just follow a diet from a piece of paper.

Given my fondness of Barbecuing, I'm a founding member of the Australian BBQ Association (, it's strange not to bbq meat for a month... Well, I assume I wont be, the full menu hasn;t been revealed to me yet, only the first 10 days, and that's all herbivore food :)

Boyer is interesting because it claims to not only loose weight but retain muscle. Many other programs allow you to loose weight, but much of it is muscle, not fat. Apart from the diet you also need to do a 30 minute exercise program each morning and walk 10,000 steps per day. It seems promising enough. I especially like that you eat 12 small meals a day rather than starving for hours at a time. The first 10 days are called cleansing, where I assume you clean out the body from all the crap it's been fed for way too long...

I prepared today's food yesterday evening (3 meals split into 4 portions each - one broth, one quinona salad w pumpkin & sweet potato (a tough beast to digest..) & one salad w avocado, tomato, cucumber & kidney beans).

This morning I started out with the first 30 min workout on the patio using the elastic bands provided. I mixed the recommended workout drink of water, lemon, cayenne pepper & ginger (all metabolism increasing ingredients) but overdid the cayenne, so my through got itself a workout as well :)

That done I had a broth breakfast. As it was a lovely sunny day & none of the boys wanted do anything, I decided to test my pedometer. An hours walk & jog along the beautiful coast gave 7000 of the day's step requirements, plus a need to jump into the inviting ocean on my way back. Combining this with the rest of the days activities gave me a daily total of 13,500 steps. A good start, knowing the work week will probably mean less stepping.

All in all the day went well and the small meals kept me from hunger. It's always hard not to be able to eat what you want but from experience I know it will become easier for every day. I have a bit of a headache at the moment - hopefully due to toxins escaping my body.. :)

1 down, 29 to go :)

Start facts: Weight 83.2kg, Chest 102cm, Waist 99 cm.

Here are links to great books by Tom Venuto containing common sense approaches to a healthier life (I have them myself, they are the only books on the subject I currently refer to). 


BTW if anyone wants to comment, this is the only blog post where I allow this.


  1. Hi, have been closely watching your progress. Congratulations on how far you have come. Your journey has been truly inspirational. Just wondering if you would mind post more details on the menu plans for the different phases? I have worked out most of it from your posts but would like to try to stick to it to the letter... Anyway keep up the good work, you are awesome!

    1. Thanks for the comment, whoever you are :) . The reason I'm not publishing the menu and other specific details is that it is part of the Boyer program and I don't want to spread this publicly as it is part of their intellectual capital.

  2. Hey,
    Congratulations on your progress!

    I'll be trying out the boyer weightloss as well! It would be good if you had taken any before and after photos of yourself?

  3. I have, but they are not fit for publishing :)