Here's what you'll need:
Like all diets, this diet will not work unless you put the effort into it. You WILL FAIL if you eat extra snacks, go out for junk food or fast food, or don't exercise. This last one is important: If you don't exercise, you aren't properly using the foods you are eating. Instead you will end up storing up energy regardless of what you do.
Some people think they are fat because of genes. This is both partially right and wrong.
The gene which is causing you to store up fat is what I call "the caveman gene". Traditional hunters and gatherers during the stone age/ice age/etc rarely ate meat on a regular basis. Their diet was roughly 80% what they managed to find, and roughly 20% fish/meat from fishing/hunting. They tended to go without meat for longer periods of time, and thus their bodies evolved to store up extra energy.
That extra energy is fat storage. When a hunter and his family killed a deer, they ate the deer. The whole thing (which would take several days of eating), because they might not kill a deer for another month.
What's this mean for you, you sexy CaveGuy or CaveGirl? Well, it means that your body has adapted and become stronger thanks to evolution. Let me repeat that a different way: You ARE STRONGER. You have the ability to store up extra energy and strength in a short period of time. Other people can't do it.
Your body, the way it is meant to look, should be like a "Barbarian Prince" or "Amazon Princess". But instead you've been eating too much and not getting the exercise that an "Amazon Princess" needs.
So that is your genes in a nut-shell. You can't fight it, so you might as well accept it and learn how to use those genes to your advantage. By becoming the "Barbarian" you were meant to be.
At least as far as your body is concerned.
With that in mind, you can see there is very little difference between John Candy and Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Both of them have the "CaveMan Gene". John Candy simply was eating too much and not exercizing, and so he died of an obesity-related heart attack. He SHOULD have looked something like "Conan", but did not due to lack of exercise.
You don't have to have the "CaveMan Gene" for this diet to work for you. It will work regardless.
The MacNevin Diet follows a 12-day schedule, breakfast, lunch and dinner and requires 20 minutes of exercise every day. This 12 day schedule is repeated for a full year, or until necessary.
THIS IS NOT A DIET FOR QUITTERS. If you quit after only one month, it means you just don't want it bad enough.
You could in theory maintain this diet for the rest of your life, and live to a ripe, old age.
The schedule itself is flexible. You can switch lunch meals with other lunch meals, or even invent your own lunch meals. Likewise for dinner meals.
Things To Do Before You Begin:
1 glass of juice, 1 glass of skim milk, your vitamins, one or two pieces of fruit (or a bowl of berries with skim milk). If you're a coffee drinker, you have several choices: Switch to green tea, herbal tea or orange juice (interesting fact: Orange juice is more effective at waking a person up than caffeine is). Caffeine is the second most addictive substance known to man (nicotine is the most addictive). If you're still thirsty afterwards, drink water or green tea.
Rice is an important part of these meals. It is basically a grain just like wheat or corn, but it tastes better than most grains. Barley for example, tastes horrible.
You will need to learn how to CLEAN rice however. Its amazing how many people who don't know how to do this properly. Even asian women (who you would think would KNOW how to clean rice!) often don't know how to do it properly.
If you're serving yourself, take one handful of rice and put it in a bowl (make sure your hands are clean first). If there are multiple people, one handful per person. You can also make extra rice and then just re-steam it or fry it in water later.
Fill the bowl half-way with warm/medium hot water and then swish one hand around inside the bowl. The water should be comfortably hot, not scalding. You will notice that the water turns milky as you swish. That milky substance is actually soap.
I've heard some funny stories of people who have actually ADDED soap to their rice and washed it with the soap. That is sheer stupidity. My friend Alex told me of a girl he met in South Korea who just rinsed the rice briefly and then she couldn't figure out why the rice was burning to the bottom of a pan. The Korean girl's english name was "Barbie" and the name suits her because she was seriously stupid.
Here's why the soap is in the rice. When white rice is made, its bleached that way. They use a strong bleach to wash away the brown outer parts of a rice kernel. Because bleach is an acid however, they can't keep that on the food. It has to be washed off using soap and a small amount of water. Afterwards, the soap is left on there because the only way to get rid of the soap is a lot of water... and if they use water, the rice will absorb the water and will eventually start to rot.
And so, in order to keep the rice from rotting, its YOUR job to wash the soap off the rice before using it. Because if you're going to use it right away after washing it, then it won't matter if it gets wet.
The next step is to drain off the soapy water, and then refill the bowl half-way and swish again. You will need to repeat this process several times (I usually do it six times just to make sure) before the water finally runs clear. When that happens the rice is finally clean.
Afterwards, you just need to follow the instructions on the rice steamer. Myself, I always make extra rice and it takes 45 minutes on my small Black and Decker rice steamer.
When storing extra rice in your fridge, make sure you cover it up with a lid or GLAD ClingWrap. Rice will stay good for several days in your fridge.
The following is several dishes you can make using rice:
About Onions: Believe it or not, your ancestors ate a lot of onions and potatoes. More often it was sweet potatoes/yams, which grow wild. Both onions and yams are plants that grow wild and are easy to gather or cultivate.
The following is non-rice foods you will want to prepare:
Drink wise, stick to the same drinks recommended for breakfast. Red wine could be added for supper and don't be afraid to give your children half a glass of wine. It won't get them drunk, but it will encourage them to eat properly and not to over-drink.
As a special treat, I recommend chocolate milk. There is very little sugar in chocolate milk, and the milk itself is skim milk, which means the fat content is very low too.
During holiday season, egg-nog is a welcome change and certainly healthy enough. Hot chocolate after being outside in the snow is also okay, provided you're not adding marshmallows or sugar to it.
Some people will tell you that its okay to eat extra during the holiday season in order to store up extra fat for the winter. WRONG! You already have stored up fat thanks to your "Inner CaveMan", so you don't need to store up extra fat for the winter. You already have plenty thanks to your genes.
Special Note: NEVER, NEVER go back for second helpings. Anything that is left over is officially leftovers and should be used for making soup or re-frying later. Rice/onion stirfry is surprisingly tasty, but just because its a "diet food" doesn't mean you should go back and eat a double helping. That would be like eating five "SlimFast Chocolate Bars" when you only need one.
When Exercising: If you're hiking in the mountains, going for a walk, exercising outdoors or even just sweating in the sun and trying to get a tan and want something to drink: Cranberry juice (or grape juice, or some other kind of "non-citrus juice"). Why? Because Gatorade has sugar in it, along with sodium (its the sodium that you need when exercising). Cranberry or grape juice has natural sodium in it. Citrus juices don't have as much sodium. When you sweat, your body loses sodium. Your ancestors ate berries or grapes while out hunting, so they understood the value of the sodium in those plants (even if they didn't know why).
Visiting Friends: If you visit friends and they offer you food, take one. Thats it. Just one. A small one. Its a willpower test. If you fail this willpower test then you're not trying hard enough. Your inner CaveMan has won the battle and you have lost. This "one treat" is not going to make or break your diet, but if you over-indulge and have five, then you're in trouble. You might as well club yourself over the head and ask someone to drag you back to your cave by your hair!
If you're having a whole meal at a friends or relatives, the same rule applies. Take one small portion of everything, except for the desserts. Avoid the dessert tray entirely. When drinking, drink milk, water, juice or red wine.
About Alcohol: Red wine is the best for you, health wise. In theory you could have one small glass before bed every night. Its actually quite good for you. If you have a drinking problem, drink non-alcoholic hot cider before going to bed. Hot cider is usually sold in packets in the same food aisle as hot chocolate.
No, the reason why I am recommending sex is because it reduces stress. It makes you feel healthier and more alive. And its not a placebo, it actually reduces stress-related hormones in your blood. Those hormones don't need to be there all the time. Too much hormones in your blood is just added "weight" in your blood system. The purpose of this diet is to rid your blood system of all the "extra elements" that are clogging up your system.
And besides you'll feel better without those depressing hormones anyway.
If sex isn't an option, for whatever reason, I recommend that you masturbate at least twice per day (but no more than 5 times). Again, for the same reason: To get rid of stress. If you're looking for a specific time, I recommend while in the shower in the morning and right before you go to bed.
Sleeping and Sex:
If you can, take a siesta after eating lunch every day. 30 minutes to 90 minutes in length. The siesta will help you digest your food better.
At night, you should aim to go to bed early and be awake by 6 am (or perhaps as early as 5 am). Its like Benjamin Franklin once said "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." You may not be a "morning person" right now, but that can actually change over time. Once your biological clock starts getting used to your new sleeping pattern, you feel healthier and actually start to enjoy waking up so early.
If you're married, I recommend sex before you sleep, every day. If not, masturbate once before you go to sleep. The combination of sex and red wine mentioned above is very good for you. It will help you to sleep better and feel better the next day.
Having sex in the morning is also recommended (you may want to brush your teeth/use mouthwash beforehand). It will help you to wake up and you will feel more alert and stress-free during the day. If your shower is roomy, I also recommend having a "DoggyStyle ShowerFuck" every morning. I know that sounds crude, but its a lot of fun and its good for your relationship. (Lack of sex can put a lot of stress on a relationship and results in improper eating, cheating and adultery.)
Jet Lag: If you travel and get jet lag, try to sleep as much as possible on the plane. Drink as much red wine as you safely can (it will help you sleep). After the flight, as soon as possible try to get back to your old schedule of getting up early.
After the Diet is Over:
Learn to embrace your inner CaveMan.