Before leaving for Everest I was advised by a specialist to put on as much weight as possible (ideally muscle but fat too) as I could lose up to 10kg over the course of the expedition. This sort of weight loss makes summitting that much more difficult. I relished this challenge and, aided by more than a few tubes of salt and vinegar Pringles, successfully added 5kg (all fat!) before leaving the UK. This challenge was harder than it might seem as I had also given up booze and increased the amount of training I was doing, probably resulting in a 5000 calorie deficit per week before I started! Sadly, since arriving in Nepal I think the scales have continued to tick up a few kgs! The food on both the trek and at base camp has been both good and voluminous! Most meals are 3 courses with breakfast often consisting of toast, porridge, omelette and pancakes! Thankfully, I think we may have reached a turning point (or at the very least stabilised) on the last trip to camp 2. If not, I might pick up the record for the most weight gained on a Everest expedition, alongside the world’s highest Haka!!