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Rocco DiSpirito’s The Pound a Day Diet, Week 1


It’s a sad day when you look at recent photos of yourself and don’t really recognize yourself.  It’s a tough day when you realize you really need to lose 50 pounds.  It’s a stressful day when you know you don’t really have the time or energy to plan a course of action.  So, this book came on my radar at just the right time.  Here was a plan that would hopefully give me some fast results and some good ideas on changing my menu and I might even learn to cook vegetables yummy enough for my two guys to eat them!

The idea is that you will lose 5 pounds for 5 days, maintain for 2 days, and lose 5 more the next 5 days, maintain for 2, and then again for a total of 28 days, and ideally you’ve lost 20 pounds.  I decided to give it a shot and started last Monday.  The diet is really just cutting calories. Here’s a pic of my daily meal plan from the book.

week 1

You can see for those first 5 days I was supposed to be around 850-900 calories a day and I was able to stick to that.  I didn’t cheat and by Saturday morning had lost 5.5 pounds.  Not bad!  Now on the weekend I was allowed more food and as a treat I let myself have wine both nights and still managed to lose another half a pound. SO, I managed to lose 6 pounds this first week.

I’ll update every week and we’ll see how it works out.

The plusses

I lost weight

The food (except for one loser) has been really good.

Meals are quick to prepare and cook.

He provides ready-made substitutions for every meal.

The minuses

It is expensive to buy food for all the recipes he provides.

It’s hard to find many of the ingredients.

The specific shopping took way too much time this week because I wasn’t familiar with many of the ingredients.

His recipes are for 4 servings!  Seriously, this makes no sense in a diet book.

At the end of the third day I went to bed with a headache and woke up with one the next morning so I skipped the protein shake and went straight for the real food and it helped.  I have followed the menu fairly faithfully but have switched the order of the foods as the mood strikes.  I was supposed to have grapefruit every morning but after the first day I just couldn’t make myself do it so I switched to half an orange.

I took a photo of my two favorite recipes this week if you want to give them a try!

omelet pic

omelet As you can see I added the shrimp and the extra calories.



noodle pic



I didn’t have nor could I find red curry past so I used garlic paste.   And I used real cooked turkey, not from the deli.

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer!

November 17, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Good luck Stacy! The lowest I can cut my calories is to about 1400 (I’ll use MyFitnessPal to keep track). You’re right that it seems to take so much time, energy, and money to stay fit and healthy. 😦 I really need to get back into working out but I have such a tough time waking up earlier than I need to. I had planned to go to a friend’s boot camp at 6 this morning but we had snow last night! (a dusting, but still, it’s freaking cold). Excuses excuses! The egg white omelet with salsa looks delicious!!!

    Comment by Trish | November 17, 2014 | Reply

    • I’m pretty good with the excises too and early morning is not good for me. 6 am would be impossible so I don’t blame you 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 19, 2014 | Reply

  2. This is a good reminder that most of us need to look at how/what we eat. Whether we need to lose pounds or not. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | November 17, 2014 | Reply

    • I’m definitely eating more real food so no matter how much weight I lose I’m happy about that!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 19, 2014 | Reply

  3. good luck Stacy. i admire your discipline and need to lose 50 as well—carb addict here–Diane

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    Comment by Bib | November 17, 2014 | Reply

    • There are few breads and pastas on the diet but some get snuck in the ready made replacements. Not sure what I miss most. Since I hate drinking water probably Diet Coke!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 19, 2014 | Reply

  4. These look good but it sure is a tough time of year for dieting! I might think about that book in January….

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | November 17, 2014 | Reply

    • Ah, but it’s 28 days so I will be done before the middle of December so I can enjoy the holidays and then do it again in January 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 19, 2014 | Reply

  5. I love that the first week you lost so much! I love eggs and salsa and make it sometimes. The book sounds like a winner, except for the fact that some of the ingredients are expensive and/or hard to find, and that it takes a while to shop for everything.

    Comment by Vicki | November 17, 2014 | Reply

    • Oh, how rude! I forgot to say I think it’s awesome that you’re doing this, and in case you don’t know, I wanted to tell you know Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog does a weekly meme on Tuesdays for us bookies that are also working out/losing weight. We’d love for you to join us. It’s called Readers’ Workouts

      Comment by Vicki | November 17, 2014 | Reply

      • Thanks Vicki! I’ll check out Readers’ Workouts but I don’t really want to do too much about that on here. The pressure only makes me feel gulity when I fail!

        Comment by stacybuckeye | November 19, 2014

  6. That’s great Stacy! A big loss the first week definitely makes it easier to stick to the plan. At least it did with me and Weight Watchers several years ago (I need to consider going back!) Now that you’ve found some of the strange ingredients, I hope you get to use them in his other recipes. I need some motivation to start exercising again… once it gets cold and snowy, I head for the couch.

    Comment by lakesidemusing | November 17, 2014 | Reply

    • I like Weight Watchers too and have lost weight with them but I wanted quick results and I like that this one has me using more real ingredients. On WW I depended too much on fast processed choices.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 19, 2014 | Reply

  7. I am glad you have found something that is working for you. I’ve got to get back to better eating habits, it is so easy to use my physical condition as an excuse, but I know that I feel better when I eat better. Keep at it!

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | November 17, 2014 | Reply

    • There are always many valid reasons for not eating well. Our American lifestyles don’t encourage it!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | November 19, 2014 | Reply

  8. Hard to find ingredients and expensive means I just wouldn’t make it through. Even though losing 20 pounds would be just about perfect for me.

    Comment by Carol | November 20, 2014 | Reply

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