Nige will concur, pies are the bomb. A well-packaged gravy milkshake is actually a diet food.
A Christchurch man lost eight kilograms in a month living on pies and beer.
Julian Lee, a reporter for Newshub, became slimmer after four weeks pioneering the pie and pint diet.
Lee ate three to four pies (depending on meat content) every day. Once a week he was allowed to swap one pie for three beers.
When he stepped on the scales live on Wednesday’s Story, he found that he’d lost 8kg. On top of that, his blood pressure had dropped from an unhealthy to a normal level.
Lee modelled his diet on US nutrition professor Mark Haub, whose “convenience store diet” – Doritos, cereal and sugary snacks – made headlines back in 2010.
Like Haub, Lee was aiming to prove that it didn’t matter what you ate when trying to lose weight – what’s important is limiting your calorie intake.
“I liked the point of what [Haub] was doing, and the point of it is that there’s a lot of information out there now, people are really confused about what to eat or what not to eat, it just goes on and on,” he said.
“It used to be that fat was the bad guy, then carbs were the bad guy, now sugar’s the bad guy. Some people, including myself, don’t have any idea about what’s what. I just wanted to prove that all it is is energy in, energy out when it comes to weight management.”
At 1.83 metres tall, it is estimated Lee needs 2500 calories per day to maintain his body weight. On the pie and pint diet, his daily intake was 1600 calories.
Although Lee’s low calorie count seemed to be helping his body, he said the lack of nutrients wasn’t doing his mind any favours.
“Mentally I’m slowing down quite a bit. My body’s loving it but my mind’s really not loving it at all,” he said.
“I’m definitely getting scratchy, like grumpy, scratchy. I’ve taken a multi-vitamin every day, but it’s not enough.”
He said he had been craving the “weirdest things”, including courgettes, boiled eggs, and decent meat. However, the diet hadn’t done anything to put him off pies, and he had no plans to cut them out completely now the diet was over.
“Pies are good, I really do love them. It’s pastry, it’s meat, you can’t go wrong. But again, I’m delusional right now, mentally I’m losing the plot,” Lee said.