My name is Jenny Chat and I’ll buy things I see online with very little thought other than “ooh wow, yes please!”
My latest impulse purchase came in the form of the latest ‘weight loss aid’ Boom Bod, promoted by reality stars and US Instagram stars. For 7 days you take a small ‘shot’ (blackcurrant flavoured powder mixed with water) 30 minutes before each main meal, this is suppose to help you both beat the bloat and feel fuller so you don’t want to snack or overeat, and therefore lose weight.
As someone who has packed on the lbs over the last 18mths and has a larger than normal appetite, I thought this may be worth a punt. Having tried things like Boo Tea before I was skeptical; they make me feel better inside, but lose weight? Hmm..
The 7 day plan was on a BOGOF, so I got 2 in case the Mr wanted to join me (spoiler: he didn’t) or I wanted to do a second round of the plan later on.
Day 1 (Wednesday)
I had to take the powder shot about an hour before food as I had to get it on the way to work. It tastes gross, a bit like medicine, and even after a decent sized brekkie I’m still starving. Have a jacket potato for lunch and use all my willpower not to grab a sweet treat for afters…proud of myself but still hungry. Finish with a huge plate of pasta and meatballs for dinner which I ate slowly to try and let the fullness kick in. Guess what? STILL FRICKIN HUNGRY. Is there something wrong with me?
Day 2 (Thursday)
The shot still tastes gross, but I’ve reasoned that a lot of shots do and this one may have a better result. I did take it half and an hour before food and had toast with honey with green tea (staving off the Hayfever symptoms) and am still hungry when I get to work over an hour later. Feeling hormonal, I treat myself to a jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw for lunch. I managed to last until just after 7pm for dinner without being ravenous, which is rare for me, and only ate half because I didn’t really like it and felt full enough to leave and not get something else. Maybe this thing is working?
Day 3 (Friday)
No brekkie again at home so I take the shot (still gross) about an hour before food, and make sure I eat it slowly. I managed to stay full without any hungry feelings until about midday and then had a healthy chicken salad sarnie.
Dinner was a bit more of a home cooked stodgy affair (pie, mash and veg, probably not ideal for a weight loss crusade but the in-laws were round for food and that’s what they like) I had my shot and seemed to be decently full after eating.
Day 4 (Saturday)
This morning I noticed my jeans seemed a little big – is this the Boom Bod effect, or the fact I’ve been making lifestyle changes anyway, or both?
I had my shot before having breakfast at the gym (I trick myself into believing it’s fasted cardio if I can’t be bothered to eat before I go) before tucking into an epic avo toast and eggs dish. I felt pretty full afterwards and stayed that way until lunch. Maybe this thing is kicking in?
Dinner is a pared down treat meal of veggie burgers and chips (rosemary and sea salt seasoning – if you’ve never tried I’d thoroughly recommend). Chased with a chocolate cookie to satisfy a hormonal craving, but didn’t have hunger pangs for anything else.
Day 5 (Sunday)
I decided to do another little jeans test today – I put on the same jeans style in the same size but a different colour to see if they felt as big on me. They don’t. I’m not sure what that means exactly!
Completely missed my lunchtime shot as I was running around doing jobs and forgot – not sure if that has a knock on effect for the whole plan or just that day, should I forget about it move on or take it another time? I decided to keep and double up tomorrow.
Dinner was a yummy bit bit of pasta, one of my faves. Had my usual, slightly larger than you’re supposed to have portion, and felt satisfied afterwards.
Day 6 (Monday)
Had my shot and chased it with some green tea, melon and yoghurt. Usually I would be ravenous again by about 9.30, but I managed to last until about 1145 which I thought was decent for me. I had a double shot before lunch – yesterday and today’s – an enjoyed a yummy chicken salad sarnie (not being sarcastic, it was genuinely very nice) I realised during a mid afternoon meeting that I still felt particularly full, which never happens.
Get home at 6pm, usually desperate for food but feeling not too bad. Took my shot but didn’t get around to deciding what to eat or cooking for about an hour afterwards, when I was only just starting to feel hungry.
Day 7 (Tuesday)
Last day of the plan, and I still detest the taste of it! Same brekkie and lunch as yesterday, hunger kicked in around the same time. Got home around 5.30pm and ate dinner around 6. Felt decently full until about 8pm, but after a cup of green tea I staved off the urge to eat more.
I don’t think this is really for me. It didn’t seem to work that well for me in any way – I didn’t really feel any fuller most of the time, I still had cravings and I didn’t notice any weight loss. For the fact I found the product icky tasting, I’m kind of disappointed, but I can’t help but wonder if I did something wrong…I know I took a couple of the shots not at the exact times, but that’s life right?
As I have a second box that came free I think I’ll probably try it again but perhaps seek advice on what other people have done to make this work so much better for them that perhaps I haven’t done. If this is something you’ve tried, or have seen others try, leave any tips you have in the comments for me. I’ll be sure to do a follow up post with any changes to the results from this time.
Thanks for reading,