Six Weeks to OMG: Abandoned!

Yes, I gave up.

To be honest, my main reasons for starting this diet was to see whether it was as damaging as it appears. I do like to give people a fair chance, and even though the book is full of rhetoric that I don’t agree with, about being in competition with your friends, feeling good based only on your appearance, and the like, I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. For the record, I certainly don’t agree that you should ever indulge in these ideas, even if some of us do actually think this way from time to time. It’s not healthy, and it’s the way that eating disorders are created.

Even as an ‘experiment’, I found it difficult to keep up. It seems to me that the way the diet will actually make you lose weight is through extreme exercise and low calories. I already know how to do a modified version of this, and any more just seems excessive to me.

I’m not going to condemn the plan, because I believe you should make up your own minds about it, but I certainly won’t be using many of the tips in my everyday life. As a short term experiment, it was fun for a while. As a way of life, it’s a surefire recipe for misery…

A week in… One lb down, but many slip-ups! Six Weeks to OMG

I can’t start this post off by saying ‘so, a week in to Six Weeks to OMG’, because I’ve found myself adapting the plan quite a lot, in all honesty. The cold baths are a thing of the past. I cannot bring myself to carry on doing them, and unless someone can actually prove they really do aid weightloss in a proper trial, I don’t think I’ll be bothering. I chalk it up as one of those extreme fitness tips that can only make you miserable in the short term, like wheatgrass shots (BLEGH). Really, you have to evaluate for yourself each individual aspect of the plan – and Fulton says himself you can pick what you like from his ideas – and decide whether you think they’re worth the effort.

Another thing that’s a thing of the past is skipping breakfast. I can’t do that, either. I like eating breakfast, and I have plenty of time to do it, so why not?

I am keeping up low carbs, plenty of exercise before meals, where possible, and balloon blowing. Oh, and lots of coffee and tea, but that’s par for the course.

I had a great weekend, though – which is code for ‘I slipped up’. My plan was to have a low carb Chinese takeaway (chicken in black bean sauce), but I also ate a bag of prawn crackers, and half a tub of ice cream. Then on Sunday, I ate a great deal of popcorn, and a cup of rice, along with some Cajun salmon. Amazingly, despite this, I managed to lose 1lb at least so far (I didn’t weigh myself at the very start – too scared!).

My low-carb food requirements have led to me checking out some of the Atkins snack range, including the Indulgence bars (coconut and caramel and peanut…or something like that!), and the chocolate shake. All of them are fine, but very over priced. They seem to have cornered the market, though – there are literally no other sweet snack foods that are low carbs. Most health food snacks are loaded with them, because they’re cereal based. That’s a bummer. You can buy them online at a reduced price if you hunt around, though – Amazon seems like the best place.

Anyone else following this plan with any progress to report?

Second verse, same as the first… But a bit more in tune (Day 2 on Six Weeks to OMG)

Today was more like yesterday should have been, although I still tweaked a bit and am definitely not ‘going by the book’. So, here’s how it went:

Woke up, did 45 minutes of movement (stepping), followed by black coffee, and a cold bath. I didn’t sit back, or go the full 15 minutes – it’s just too hideous to contemplate, even when I’m hot and sweaty from stepping.

I waited about two hours before eating my breakfast, but for scheduling reasons I couldn’t leave it any longer than that. I had the same as yesterday, and was definitely hungry by lunch. This time I had three eggs in the omelette instead of two, and my ‘lunch’ ended up finishing about half four! I obeyed the half hour hunt, half hour wait idea – but I wonder how still you need to be for the ‘wait’ part – I usually end up making my meal during this time, so I’m not really doing nothing…

Anyway, I had a belly dancing class at 6.30, for an hour, so I waited a corresponding hour before eating dinner at 8.30. Same as yesterday, except I had more chicken, and swapped out the cucumber for courgette. So, not really falling on the ‘eat the rainbow’ idea of crop rotation in the book, but it’s very hard to buy a large variety of proteins and veggies without it getting expensive and wasteful. Luckily, I have an organic veg box on Fridays, so there will be new stuff tomorrow (but oh, so much more fruit than I can ever eat!).

Someone’s made a very interesting point on the official forum – when are you actually supposed to shower on this plan? Working from home, it’s just me for most of the day, so I can get my shower in in the evening, but I certainly can’t see how you can fit in a shower in the morning, and a cold bath, as you need to wait a few hours after having a cold bath or you might faint. Even then, you still need to do another 45 mins of exercise throughout the day, and unless you’re only walking, you’ll be working up a sweat then, too. Maybe you’re supposed to shower before you have a bath, but of course, then you’ll need to shower, then wait for the bath to run, then hop in. The whole thing is incredibly time-consuming and doesn’t fit well into any normal schedule at all.

Anyway, today my calorie mark was 1183, calories burned was 618, leaving me with a scarily low net of 565. My carbs were 61g for the whole day, hooray! Much better than yesterday.

If I don’t lose weight by doing that every day, I would imagine there’s something seriously wrong somewhere – but yet again, I wonder how much would be down to balloon blowing (easily the best part of the whole thing), cold baths and hunting and waiting, and how much would be down to huge amounts of exercise and carb restriction. I GUESS WE WILL FIND OUT, EH?

First day on the plan: Six Weeks to OMG

Okay, first day on this plan (on Quake, the hardest ‘difficulty’), and already not going so well. This is going to be an honest review, though – which means reviewing myself, and where I slip up, as well as whether the plan slips up.

First of all, I didn’t get up on time because I was avoiding the dreaded cold bath. I love my morning routine, and messing with it really puts me on edge. Unfortunately, most of the plan’s most crucial parts take place in the morning, and galvanising myself to do all the most unpleasant bits first thing was beyond me today.

As far as I understand it, this should be the sort of routine I’m aiming for:

8am: get up, 15 minute cold bath

8.15am: drink black coffee

8.20am: first ‘period of movement’ for 45 mins

9.05am: begin the 3 hour waiting period of ‘water only’ before first meal

12.05: breakfast

3pm: second period of movement for 30 mins

3.30pm: waiting period for 30 mins

4.00pm: lunch

8pm: third period of movement for 15 mins

8.15pm: final waiting period

8.30pm: final meal

10.30pm: blow up balloons… and SLEEP

Those of you with an office job, or kids, or hefty commitments are probably hearing alarm bells right about now – I think it’s fair to say that this plan doesn’t really fit in with the traditional day’s schedule, which is based around meals in the morning, and midday, and in the evening. I work from home, so I have a lot more freedom to tweak my schedule.

But, back to how well this schedule reflected reality… I shamefully I admit I skipped the ‘skip breakfast’ part, skipped the first POM, and had my cold bath after breakfast. I didn’t wait three hours after waking up to eat, and I didn’t drink black coffee either. I even pigged out on chocolate in the evening. Other than THAT, I was perfect…

Technically, eating the chocolate wasn’t so bad, apart from the whole ‘avoid sugar’ part… I was still well within the carb allowance, which is a maximum of 120g per day. I came in at about 100g – let’s not talk about the fact that I was aiming for 60g.

The meals were easier than I thought. I usually rely on Muller Breakfast Corners for my breakfast – they’re only about 162 cals each, but they’re heavy on sugar and carbs. So, I ditched that in favour of greek yogurt (high in protein, and very thick) – and full fat, for a change. I’d always usually go for low fat when it’s available, purely to save calories, but as Fulton points out, low fat = high carbs. In the case of my Breakfast Corners, I can see straight away that was right. To 100g of Greek yogurt I added 1tsp of honey and a kiwi fruit – my only allowed serving of fruit all day.

For lunch, I had a two egg omelette for protein, then asparagus and mushrooms.


Dinner was a cup of roasted chicken (with skin), 100g butternut squash roasted with cumin seeds and chilli flakes, 100g purple sprouting brocolli, 60g cucumber, and 30g feta cheese. I did not get on so well with the whole ‘small plate’ thing – I overestimated how much room everything took up. Maybe tomorrow I’ll put everything on the plate, then find out how much it weighs, rather than working the other way around. However, when you take into account the feta cheese, I think I did sort of all right on the 50% protein thing, for a first attempt, anyway. I seem to be hitting it about a third, in all honesty.


Fulton is very keen that you not drink your carbs – but I can’t give up milk in my tea, and I’m not giving up sweetner or sugar in my tea, either. So some of my carbs go towards that – we’ll see how I get on. But, disregarding the chocolate debacle, I managed to keep my carbs in today at under 60g, and I really can’t tell anything is different. Maybe I can blame my poor, desperate body craving carbs on my chocolate binge, but really what happened was I saw it in my kitchen, and decided that for the good of mankind I should really eat it now, so I’m not tempted later. Best of intentions, I’m sure you’ll agree.

My exercise was very basic – Fulton reckons the best kind is walking, and rates ‘stepping machines’ as a class below. If you swing your arms, I can’t see the difference between a stepper and walker – and I know for a fact that stepping burns more calories. So, there was 45 mins of stepping for me today. There should have been 45 minutes more, but as I said, the whole morning routine was a bust.

You’re not supposed to count calories on this diet, but in order to count carbs I end up being able to track my calories anyway, so what the heck? Again, not taking into account the chocolate, I came in at under 1200 calories, but the exercise burned off 327 calories. The full 90 minutes would burn 655 – that’s a huge deficit, and no wonder Fulton feels confident in claiming you can lose big here. That’s not taking into account the supposed witchcraft of the balloons, the coffee, the baths, and the timings of eating and exercising.

Of course, I can’t write a proper review without talking about the cold bath. It was bloody horrible. I was preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, and it was about as bad as I thought it would be. I had to buy a bath thermometer from eBay for the express reason of torturing myself in the bathroom for 15 minutes, and to be honest, I’d love my money back. It felt almost warmish (if you have a good imagination) when I was swirling my hand in the 20c water to test it out… Then I stood in it. Cold… Yes, but okay to stand in. Then, after a couple of minutes, it was time to sit. ARGH. Cold. Horrible. Disaster. After three minutes, I was supposed to lay back and allow the base of my head to dip luxuriously into the icy water – well, that didn’t happen. I lowered myself shakily backwards (now, that’ll work your abs), and sort of hovered for a bit, before resting with the whole of my body above my bellybutton out of the water, arms crossed over my chest. Nothing on God’s earth would have compelled me to move any further under the water. The whole 15 minutes dragged by. If you ever feel that your life is moving too fast, and slipping away before your eyes, take a cold bath, and the clock will stop. Maybe it’ll come in handy if you need extra time for your tax form. The period following the bath is very strange, because your skin retains the sensation of coldness long after you’ve actually warmed up. At this moment in time, I find nothing refreshing about it whatsoever, unlike some of the other reviewers of the book lurking on Amazon. However, I am not a quitter, and I’ll be doing it again tomorrow…

The balloon stuff is actually pretty fun, so no problem there. I’m also taking fish oil capsules, and multivitamins, which completes the night routine.

Tomorrow, the morning plan is to exercise for 30 mins when I wake up, drink the coffee after, take a cold bath after that, to see if that makes it any more likely to happen…

Six Weeks to OMG: the concepts

During my first read through Six Weeks to OMG, I took plenty of notes. I find it harder to dip in and out of ebooks anyway, and there’s actually nowhere in the book itself where everything is written down properly in a plan format to follow. So, for those of you interested, here are the basic concepts of the book (but of course, if you want to follow the plan,  support the author by downloading your own copy!).

Wave, Blaze and Quake

There are three difficulty levels for the plan, and Fulton makes some big claims for all of them. In six weeks, depending on which you choose, you should be able to lose up to 20lbs of fat. Fulton takes great pains to tell you that large amounts of weight loss can be dangerous, and that diets that claim to help you lose more are probably bad for you and would involve losing muscle. This in itself is weird to me, as most fitness experts claim that 2lbs of weight loss per week is the most you should aim for, as anymore than that will result in muscle loss. This is a fairly standard, industry-wide concept I’ve heard touted by everyone from Rosemary Conely, to Jillian Michaels, to Super Size, Super Skinny.  So Fulton is claiming 8lbs more weight loss in this period than most experts would agree is safe for the average person.

Another criticism is that he makes no allowances in his claims for weight loss for your starting point. Most people agree that it’s easier to lose weight the heavier you are, but this doesn’t come into Fulton’s blanket suggestion of 20lbs if you follow all of his advice for the hardest difficulty. Personally, I’d love to lose 20lbs of pure fat in six weeks, but I’m going to steel myself for a less dramatic result. And, to be frank, if I lost 20lbs in that time, I’d weigh less than I ever have before as an adult, including the time I lost weight for my wedding (which I did, gradually, over a period of about six months).

Skip breakfast

This is the one that most people seem to be up in arms about, but to be honest, this is one of the less ‘out there’ suggestions in the book, as far as I’m concerned. I’d read the same research about it not necessarily being harmful, but I’d never seen anyone claim it’s beneficial. However, if you follow Fulton’s advice, you probably won’t be eating breakfast until up to four hours after you get up, because you need to wait for three hours after your first ‘period of movement’, i.e. exercise, before you can eat, and this can last from 30-45 mins.

Skinny dipping

Of all Fulton’s ideas, this is the one that puts me off the most, and the one I’ll find the most difficult to do. However, he expressly states you can skip this and follow the rest of the advice if you want to. The idea is to take a cold bath (20c to start, then down to 15c at the end of the six weeks) for up to 15 mins every morning. The primary reasons for taking a cold bath is to stimulate fat burning for the whole day, and improve the look of cellulite. He states some studies for this, but I couldn’t see his citations were actually tied into a study specifically about weight loss, nor did the studies follow his methodology. Please, correct me if I’ve missed something. The timings, temperature and time of day all seem like stabs in the dark, even if they are based on studies, his ideas haven’t been studied themselves, which is very different. Or, at least, he never presents any evidence that people have done this in the past, and lost more weight by doing it. Nevertheless, if you research, you’ll see plenty of people who take cold showers or take winter swims for their health. So, I’m willing to try it.


Fulton cutesily calls exercise ‘periods of movement’, possibly to stop you freaking out about the large amounts he calls for on his plans. On his lowest difficulty, you’ll be doing three ‘periods of movement’ a day, starting with 30 minutes first thing, then another 15 minutes before both of your meals – meaning an hour’s worth in total. The hardest difficulty sees you doing an hour and a half per day. Fulton considers WHEN you do this to be just as important as doing it at all, and employs a technique called ‘hunt and wait’, where you basically exercise for a certain amount of time (i.e. hunt), then rest for the same amount of time (i.e. wait). After this, you need to eat one of your meals – there’s no snacking allowed on this plan! Following his plan, you exercise for 30-45 minutes in the morning, wait three hours and eat, then have your lunch time meal after exercising for 15-30 minutes (and resting for a corresponding amount of time), then eat your evening meal after a 15 minute ‘hunt’, and the same waiting time. Fulton breaks down the best types of exercise in a surprising way, claiming that walking is better than biking, and the exercises that are the least useful (which use the least muscle, basically) are skipping, trampolining or sit ups. Now, sit ups aren’t really exercise as far as I’m concerned, they’re for toning, but I can’t believe that skipping uses less muscle than walking… Nevertheless, if you do at least an hour of ‘movement’ a day for six weeks, and restrict your calorie intake, weight loss is basically guaranteed.


In amongst the tortures of the morning routine is Fulton’s advice to drink black coffee to boost fat burning. It can contain no sugar or milk, or it goes against his advice to skip breakfast. I’d read about caffeine boosting weight loss before, so this one wasn’t out of the blue as far as I’m concerned. He combines it with green tea later in the day, which is something else that’s fairly familiar from weight loss gurus. Even my old favourite, Jillian Michaels, touts the use of caffeine to aid fat burning. Fulton’s suggestion if you don’t like coffee is to buy caffeine pills. Luckily, I’ve never had a problem with a low intake of caffeine.


Protein is king, and carb restriction is the name of the game for this diet, along with cutting out snacks and reducing portion sizes. Every plate should be at least 50% protein, and on the hardest difficulty, you can consume no more than 60g carbs per day. Veggies are not included, but there are some caveats to that (obviously, potatoes and other high carb veg like carrots and corn are not free and unlimited). Fulton tells you to eat no more than 4 iPhones worth of primary carbs a day, but also suggests you reduce your plate size to under 9 inches. I find it easier to actually track the grams properly, because unless you know what you’re doing, it would be very easy to go over the limit on carbs – they are hiding everywhere. To be honest, I found some of his advice conflicting – you can’t have half of your plate as protein if you’re eating unlimited veggies and reducing your plate size to under 9 inches – unless you just shove extra veggies in a bowl somewhere. I get the spirit of what he’s saying, but it felt a bit woolly to me in places. I would have preferred a guideline for the protein as well as for the carbs.

He also suggests you limit your fruit intake, as fruit isn’t as great for you as everyone claims – I’d heard this before too, in the form of the phrase “fruit is just fancy sugar”. On the hardest difficultly, you should eat low-fructose fruit only once a day during your first meal – and, as we all know, tomatoes are a fruit. This will prove fairly difficult for me, as I love to have tomatoes in salad, and I like lots of tomato based meals. I’ll have to bend the rules on this one at times.

Perhaps the thing I find the most galling about the nutrition is the lack of direction – i.e. recipes. He suggests that this is awesome and freeing, because diets are lame and you should create your own recipes, like some kind of skinny, free spirited domestic goddess. However, I call that lazy and corner cutting, especially when his primary audience seem to be teenage girls. After about two years in the weight loss arena, and never having restricted carbs before, I have to say I am totally in the dark as to how to create low carb meals, and some guidelines would have been great. He does list protein items (like yogurt, turkey, cod, etc) and he also does the same for veggies he wants you to avoid, but it wouldn’t have killed him to have given a few meal ideas. Let’s face it, the western diet is full of carbs – that’s why we’re supposedly all fat – and breakfast time especially is a total carb fest. Yogurt and eggs seem to be the safe bet at breakfast… I mean, lunch.

Blowing up balloons

This is another idea out of left field – blowing up balloons last thing at night is claimed to give you a flatter stomach. Of all the things in here, this seems to be the one that most people could do with little effort, commitment or thought – but whether or not it will actually work is another thing. Fulton has a study to back this up (as he does most of his claims), but still, no evidence that this, as part of his plan, will do what he says he does. He says he’s done ‘human experiments’, but doesn’t mention the who, what, when, or how. So it’s down to me, the brave guinea pig, to test this out, I guess.

Join me as I delve into this six week programme, which appears to have been created by the Willy Wonka of the fitness world.

The Skinny on Six Weeks to OMG


There’s been a lot of hype in the media about a new weight loss book on the market; Six Weeks to OMG. After hearing some of the wacky tips it gives out, I decided to read the book for myself – let’s face it, looking st anything through the lens of The Daily Mail is a recipe for misinformation. So, I downloaded the book, £4.99, and read the whole thing in a day. My verdict was that it wasn’t all as crazy as it sounded, but there were still some things there that sounded a bit dubious to me. So, I logged onto Amazon to read the reviews, and to be honest, I came back feeling even more doubtful. I’m not dumb enough to make accusations, but at least one of the reviews there was calling ‘fake’ on the majority of the other reviews, claiming that they sounded very similar and that they were probably made up. I’d ask you to judge for yourselves.


Anyway, the major elements of the plan seem sound to me, so I’m setting myself up as a human guinea pig to see if any of this actually works. I’ll be reporting back on my progress as I go along… If anyone else wants to join in, please feel free to share your progress!