THE NEW DIET
So after basically eating anything and everything I wanted on vacation, Hubby and I decided to start a new diet on Monday that we returned. I did this because I am tired of having no energy and being overweight. I came to the realization that I was surviving on diet pop and sugar to get me through the day. I picked up a couple of books at our local library that caught my attention....
And these books really spoke to me and made me realize that I think it is the heavily processed carbs that I have been over indulging in that has led me to my weight of 239.0! That is ridiculous. So I decided to give carb cycling a try.
In his books Jorge Cruise suggests a very low amount of carbs 2 days in a row, followed by 5 high carb days. His food guidelines seem very real and doable and I have copied a few of his recipes that I want to try in the future. However, he is into really keeping track of all the numbers and I don't want to have to keep track of specific numbers. I want to focus more on eating less processed and more real foods. I have 3 kids, a husband, a house to take care of and a tutoring business to run. I don't have time to obsess about numbers.
In his book, Chris Powell suggests you do a cycle of low carb, high carb, low carb, high carb, low carb, high carb, free day. I am loosely following Chris Powell's guidelines, but with my own food as if I followed his plan for food, I would be spending 3 times what I currently spend on groceries.
So I decided to use the books as loose guidelines and make a program that works for me!
So last week was week 1. My thoughts on the week, were that I bought a ton more fresh vegetables and I ate pretty good most days. I really didn't miss pop or most sugar most days. I did have to really think about what I was eating and plan ahead. The week wasn't without its ups and downs but overall I think it went pretty well.
Saturday was the first real test as we went to my parents' house after dinner. EVERY time I go to their house, I tend to graze and snack and I will admit that I had a couple of cookies and some popcorn, but not anywhere near the amount I would typically eat.
Sunday was weigh in day....the moment of truth to see if this way of eating was really working.... AND THE SCALE SAID::: 232.8! SAY WHAT?!!?? I am DOWN 6.2 pounds this week! I would say that means this diet is working! My husband is also following this diet and he is down 4.2 pounds!
I am so excited! I am eating better (even if it means a lot more work on my part) and I do feel better. Sunday was free day and I really didn't eat all that great... we had McDonald's for lunch and hot dogs for dinner and I noticed by 9pm I wanted to eat sugar and drink pop and do all the things I know are not working for me and I didn't feel all that great.
So I am going to keep on this route and see what continues to happen. I hope to regularly check in and (hopefully) continue to see my weight go down. Later today, I will share my meal plan for this week....
HAVE YOU EVER TRIED CARB CYCLING?
ANYONE HAVE ANY GOOD LOW CARB RECIPES THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE?