If you have read any of my weight loss experiments you’ll know that I love experimenting with the principles surrounding weight loss. I love the idea that weight loss goes beyond just reducing calories and that a lot of it comes back to science.
Therefore when David Cox asked me to review Bootcamp In A Bottle as part of my 2015 post Christmas Detox section I jumped at the chance.
Apart from taking some diet pills when I was desperate back in 2003 (that were so big I nearly choked on them) and replacing meals with soup or juice I have never really been involved with meal replacement.
What intrigued me most about this particular product though was that the product owner had started off at the same weight that I was originally and had a fantastic success story.
It made me want to try it and with it arriving in the post over Christmas it was what I reached for the day after New Year when I had finally finished eating all the chocolate and cheese supplies and thanks to Christmas was nearly ½ a stone heavier. I am just grateful that over Christmas I was booze free thanks to breast feeding otherwise I dread to think what size I could have been!
Anyway come the 2nd of January I had my supplies and a plan:
As a breastfeeding mother I sought medical advice from my nurtritionist just to be on the safe side and this is what she told me:
I have checked the product ingredients. It’s based on psyllium and bentonite clay. Both are good for detox and cleansing. Psyllium keeps you full. However, since the product has less than one calorie per serving, you might need extra calories.
Try to determine your daily calorie requirements and make sure your regular meals cover at least 70% of it. My advice is to replace one of your daily snacks and dinner, or only the two daily snacks, with shakes when breastfeeding. You need calories from real food right now.
Make sure you take at least two regular meals. Consider taking a dietary supplement too (a multivitamin). This product seems great for weight loss, but doesn’t contain too many nutrients.
Then when I asked her if I could replace my calories that I needed with a McDonalds I got this back:
As long as you meet your daily calorie requirements, you can replace any meal. Just make sure your calories come from nutritious foods. For instance, 500 calories from chicken and veggies are not the same as 500 calories from a McDonalds.
Generally each day because I am always starving hungry due to breastfeeding I will have 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, so I am going to take each day as it comes so that I don’t feel too hungry and replace at least one thing per day, at the same time I plan on averaging out at 1200 calories per day to give it a decent go.
Dominic hands me the drink and I take one taste of it and put it to one side as it tastes absolutely disgusting and that is me being nice! I kind of think to myself that I will consume it over an hour and then it wont be too bad after all….
And then I realise that if not drank straight away it goes hard as a rock, so hard that the glass I have put it in is super hard and needs going for a soak before I can wash it.
So I start again with glass number #2 and down it in one….
After trying it I am surprised by how my body reacts to it as I have a full feeling yet my brain is telling me that I haven’t eaten and I feel the need to snack – but I don’t as I want to give it a good go!
It is like when you quit smoking and you need to have something to do with your hands!
In the end of the first day I replace lunch and my evening snack and I feel rather good about it. Though for day 1 I am already over at 1264 calories but I think that is mainly the shock of going from 3000+ calories a day to just above 1200.
Day 2 falls on Saturday and I send Dominic to the shopping centre on his own as I can’t face the temptation of McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut & Iceland.
For day 2 I only feel the need to replace one meal and that is one of my snacks – So I just stick to three meals and one snack to take me through the day. Even though the taste is still quite bad I am actually starting to getting used to it. I also have this talent of breastfeeding Sofia at the same time as drinking this supplement.
Today my calories are a little higher than yesterday with me having coconut chicken in the slow cooker with some noodles. But at least I am not bingeing on chocolate at the moment like I have been recently.
I also estimate that I have had at least a 50% calorie drop over the last few days.
It is Sunday and I am getting used to the structure that comes with this diet drink and eating regularly again. Over Christmas it amazed me how much of a serial snacker I became and how much chocolate one person can consume.
Today I start the day with Bootcamp In A Bottle then for lunch I have some porridge then for dinner I have meatloaf with vegetable bake and potatoes. This has to be one of my favourite Sunday treats and is not as unhealthy as having a Sunday dinner though with cheese sauce being involved its not perfect either.
On a Sunday though pre-pregnancy and pre-breastfeeding I would just have one meal for the whole day, so it shows how many more calories my body is requiring right now.
Hello day 4 and hello Monday!
I replace two snacks today and just stick with three meals a day and this meant no picking in between meals and enjoying what I ate.
I had some cereal for breakfast, salmon with vegetables for lunch and then shared some beans on toast with my son in the evening.
I am actually surprised to say that I am actually enjoying the taste of it now and I no longer find it that disgusting. Though, I am not a fast drinker so having to get through it super fast is hard work.
I have heard that others just have soup and the shake but I haven’t got the willpower for that right now!
Hello Day 5 and I can’t believe I am in the last 72 hours as I never actually thought I would make it that far!
I have decided to replace breakfast today with the shake and then have my two snacks along with lunch and dinner. I am technically cheating here because I wasn’t up for breakfast time – but I have had broken sleep from a baby waking me up during the night which would normally lead to me eating more.
I also forget until I calorie count how many calories are in my favourite foods. For example I have an egg mayonnaise sandwich on wholemeal bread for dinner and even without butter in the bread the calories with four slices of bread are crazy. I dread to think how many calories would have been involved if I had butter!
After nearly 1500 calories yesterday I wanted to see what I could achieve today! I manage just over 1200 and enjoy some cheesy pasta, cereal, porridge and a nice cheese and pickle sandwich today. Today has become one of those snacking days where it feels like I have not had a real meal.
But even so I have managed to keep my calories just over 1200 like I wanted and I am pleased that tomorrow is the last day.
It is the final day of me trying and testing Bootcamp In A Bottle and I won’t miss the taste and I am full of excitement of how much weight I have lost (if any!) when I get weighed tomorrow.
Today we have some mustard and wine flavoured chicken in the slow cooker with some chips via the Airfryer. I also have some porridge because I am hooked on it and as a breastfeeding mum, I find that it fills me up for longer!
Dominic also surprises me today and brings home some lovely fresh strawberries from the supermarket and I munch away on them for a morning snack.
So it is Friday morning and it is super cold and the thought of stripping to weigh myself on the Wii fills me with dread. I also have very heavy breasts because of the milk that has developed overnight so I am sure that I should wait until she is fed before I weigh myself, but I am so excited I can’t wait.
Well anyway on the Wii Fit my BMI always comes up first and I can never remember what it is just that its somewhere around 26-28 and Kyle who has the remote tells me that I have lost a lot based on my BMI. And on the weight screen that comes up next I realise that its 2.2 kilos that I have lost and with me rounding up my weight into pounds this gives me a 5 pound weight loss!!!!
Wow five pounds:
Once you get past the taste of the drink it is rather a good meal replacement. Normally when I am doing a meal replacement it will involve making lots of smoothies where you have to buy a huge amount of fruit and vegetables, so to just mix something in a glass is perfect.
I like to drink slow, but the drink going hard so quick means that I can get it into me much quicker.
Towards the end of the week I found I wanted the substance much less because my body was adjusting to its drop in calories.
With a bootcamp the idea is that it is often known as “hell week” so to say I just had to drink something that tasted unpleasant, but got the opportunity to lose five pounds in one week, while still having several meals a day and without any exercise is truly amazing!
I did Bootcamp In A Bottle on a very simple scale – it can be used for whatever you wish so if you weren’t breastfeeding and just had one meal a day and this then became your breakfast and lunch then the results could be much better for you.
What the creator told me about Bootcamp In A Bottle
I felt like I had not done it justice when I followed it for a week so I asked David what other people were doing:
In terms of calories. Boot Camp is quite flexible. Because it is less than one calorie per serving you can choose to do an intense seven day plan to lose a lot of weight fast. Just take Boot Camp to replace all your meals and snacks each day with just some soup in the evenings. This puts you on just four hundred calories a day. Calories are not an issue. As long as you are getting your nutrition. Your body will give you as many calories as you need each day from your fat stores.
So this programme effectively gives your body no choice but to burn fat and can be done for up to seven days at a time. Alternatively just take Boot Camp to replace one of two meals or snacks each day so that you are in control of how many calories you take in each day. It’s really very flexible and we find our customers like the fact that there aren’t any rules.
It was nice reading this because it felt like a complete fraud just replacing a couple of snacks and a meal here and there. Though, on the other hand when one portion of the shake is just one calorie if you just replaced your breakfast of 400 calories you would still be saving nearly 2800 calories a week!
Join Bootcamp In A Bottle
I received a very rapid delivery over the Christmas period when the delivery services are normally incredibly slow, so you can be tucking into your bootcamp supplies very soon and discovering a new way to lose weight.
If you have tried diet pills in the past and hate how huge they are and want something different then give this a go, plus because it’s just a case of adding water you could easily take it to work with you.
If you would like to give Bootcamp In A Bottle a try like I have done, you can sign up by clicking here. It can provide you with a fantastic way of losing weight by replacing some or all of your meals.
*Please Note – This is a sponsored blog post, I have received a payment for this article but the views in this article are completely my own and reflect my own experiences from using Bootcamp In A Bottle