Low Carb Diet and My Success
One day my husband and I were listening to a radio show, and there was a discussion on about how to lose weight. The man being interviewed was saying all you need to do to lose weight is cut out bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, and basically follow a low-carbohydrate diet.
We've both been on various diets before such as Slim Fast, Atkins, and your basic diet of counting calories. All of these diets worked and we lost weight except we gained it all back within a year.
After thinking about this low carbohydrate diet, I thought I'd never be able to do it as I love bread and pasta. Who can live without potatoes? But ..... I was willing to give this diet a try as I was the heaviest I've ever been. When I was pregnant with my twin boys I was 186 pounds before I delivered them. When I started this diet I was 192 back in February. No one believed I weighed that much as I'm 5'9 and am able to hide it quite well. It is now five months later and to date I've lost 31 pounds.
In this article you will find; my weight loss journey, dieting tips that I hope may help you, things I like to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also included is a recipe for mashed cauliflower.
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My Weight Loss Journey
The experts on weight loss tell us that in order to lose weight and keep it off, you should lose between 1 and 2 pounds per week. Whenever I've started a diet, the first week I usually lose between 4 and 5 pounds. Losing weight rapidly is not a healthy thing to do. The body can only burn so much fat per week. If you're losing the weight too fast there's a chance that your body is burning up muscle tissue.
Initially my goal was to lose 20 pounds. I've surpassed that by 11 pounds. When I first met my husband I weighed 149. Who knows I may get down to that weight again, but for now I'm very happy with what I've lost.
August update: I've now lost a total of 37 pounds.
September update: total lost 39 pounds.
Helpful Tool For Dieters - Digital Scale
The Eatsmart scale has; an extra durable wide platform, a very easy to read backlit LCD display.
This scale goes up to 440 pounds. Runs on 2 AAA batteries and powers off automatically.
There is no need to tap on this scale as you will get instant reading as soon as you step onto it.
Dieting Tips - What I've Personally Found Helpful
Everyone has their own way of dieting and tracking their weight loss. The following applies to me, but the reason I am writing this, is in hope that it will help other people.
- Don't weigh yourself more than once a day. I usually weight myself in the morning about an hour after I've gotten out of bed.
- Don't become discouraged if one day your weight goes up by one or two pounds. This happens to me all the time, and usually the following day I'm back down to where I was or even lower.
- Going on a diet with a friend, or your significant other is beneficial in the sense of a support system. When one of you has a craving or the desire to cheat on the diet let the other person know so they can steer you in another direction.
- Drink water throughout the day. Before a meal, drink a glass of water. This really helps to curb your appetite.
- Cut back or cut out alcoholic beverages especially for the first month of your diet.
- Exercising is always good whether you are dieting or not. It doesn't have to be this huge workout or anything strenuous. A simple 20 - 30 minute walk once a day is sufficient, for me anyways.
Suggestions or Ideas
Hard boiled egg and a low fat small individual container of yogurt.
Cheese and veggie omelette.
Fruit salad made with fresh fruits.
Fried eggs with bacon, ham, or sausage.
Suggestions or Ideas
Tomato slices, cucumber, 1/2 of an avocado, and either a piece of fruit or a small yogurt.
Salad with chopped ham, grilled chicken, or your own choice of meat or fish.
Garden salad with dressing.
Sliced meat and cheese.
What to Have For Dinner
For dinner I still make potatoes, rice, and or pasta many nights because I have my twins to feed. My husband and I usually have either meat, fish, or chicken along with one or two vegetables, and a side salad.
On the nights when I don't feel like cooking or we're not as hungry I'll make a Caesar salad with a homemade dressing and top the salad with grilled chicken breasts and bacon bits.
At least once a week we will have stir fry loaded with all different types of veggies along with a side salad or a chicken breast.
"Change is the essence of life.Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become."
“Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”
Alternative for Mashed Potatoes
If you're a big fan of mashed potatoes and think you cannot live without them here is an alternative recipe that you might like called mashed cauliflower.
The first time I made mashed cauliflower I got some pretty strange looks from my family members when they saw me with the potato masher. Once they tried them they were quite surprised at how good they tasted, and now they ask me quite frequently to make them.
Cut a head of cauliflower into small pieces and place in a pot covered in water. Boil until they are fork tender. Drain, mash, then add 2 tablespoons of cream cheese and mix well. Fold in 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese. Top with fresh ground pepper.
What diet or diets have you tried?
© 2013 Susan Zutautas