Alevere: Size 8 here I come!
Yesterday I had my consultation session with a doctor and my first treatments, as well as a computerised body scan which measured my weight, body fat and basal metabolic rate. I currently weigh 11 stone 6lbs and have a BMI of 29.3, which is almost obese. The target the doctor suggested is 8 stone 3lbs, which will give me a healthy BMI of 21. My body fat is a whopping 47%, which will hopefully reduce to 30% over the course of the next three-and-a-half months. Sadly, I have very little muscle mass (20%). I also took the following measurements at home with my tape measure:
I'm looking forward to seeing how they change over the next few months.
The doctor was really nice, and explained exactly how the diet worked. Unfortunately my metabolic rate is very low, probably due to years of yoyo dieting, but she still thought I would lose a stone a month. She took some blood for a thorough health check. I will have further blood tests every four weeks to check my liver and kidney function.
The MedContour treatment meant having my stomach massaged with a heated ultrasound probe, while the Endermologie treatment involved being massaged all over with a roller while wearing a space-age bodysuit. During the treatments, the therapist explained more about the food I would be eating. I will be having five sachets of food a day, unlimited amounts of certain vegetables for lunch and dinner, and limited amounts of other veggies and fruits. I will also be taking vitamin and mineral supplements to ensure that my diet is fully nutritionally balanced.
The sachets are mostly vegetarian (which is great for me, as I try not to eat meat) and can be chosen from a menu featuring a wide range of foods, from soups and pizza to omelettes and pancakes to drinks and desserts. I was given a recipe book explaining how to cook each sachet (they are all easy to make). I can also have an egg white omelette each morning with breakfast, as well as the aforementioned vegetables and fruit with lunch and dinner. I'm allowed fresh and dried herbs and spices, mustard and seasonings to make the meals more flavoursome, as well as a tablespoon of olive oil. I'm also going to be drinking two litres of still or sparkling water a day, which can be flavoured with lemon, cucumber or mint.
So far today I've had an egg white omelette, a hot chocolate and a caramel shake (chosen because I'm travelling and these are easy sachets to make up on the go), as well as my vitamins and minerals. The drinks were surprisingly delicious, very sweet and flavoursome. It's now 1pm and I can honestly say that I don't feel remotely hungry, probably due to the high protein content of the sachets, which means they are more filling than your average meal, despite being much lower in calories.
I really like the fact that the diet is strictly structured. Before, when I was dieting, I genuinely had no idea what I was doing, how many calories I should be eating or what weight loss was achievable over what timescale. With Alevere, it's all laid out for you and you are carefully monitored each week. Size 8, here I come!
Ariane Sherine is a journalist and stand-up comedian. She will be blogging weekly about her weight loss journey on Alevere.