Since there are only a handful of people that read this blog I am going to apologize now as I will be reporting on my success with the Dukan diet and that will be the focus for a bit.
Here we go:
As of February 2011 I had embarked on the Weight Watchers plan to try and drop the last of this weight that I gained since the tornado. A bit of history first though, I used to weigh 320 pounds and successfully got down to 170 pounds as of 2007, then the tornado in 2008 and I gained 80 pounds back from being forced to live in a hotel and having to eat out for all meals. Looking back it was just an excuse, I could have made better choices but I was an emotional wreck and it wasn't going to happen.
I just allowed it to sit there and then in March I was ready to get healthy again, as I said, I joined Weight Watchers and lost 18.5 pounds and as of April 12th I was stuck, no loss at all and I knew immediately what was going on. Too many carbs, my body hangs on to any extra weight if I go above 50% carbs in my daily intake which is what was recommended.
I lost the weight previously by following my own plan which consisted of only whole foods and nothing that came out of a box or a bag, including salad. I began to track my Weight Watchers consumption and found that I was leaning on processed foods and my body just said "nope, not gonna work it this way". So I stayed stuck for 3 weeks..... Becoming more and more frustrated.
My practical side then took over and the scientist and developer in me did some analysis and my typical diet consisted of the following:
1 Weight Watchers yogurt
1 slice of Whole Wheat Bread
1/2 cup cottage cheese
3 slices of turkey breast
1 pouch Weight Watchers Multigrain Crackers
Generally a Weight Watchers meal of some sort, I wasn't ready to go back to whole foods apparently, it is a rather tough thing to do. Alot of processed foods here which means alot of sodium and a lot of carbs.
I then discoverd the Dukan diet which prescribed to pretty much the way I ate when I lost over 170 pounds.
I did some research and bought the book and have lost 5 pounds in 5 days. My typical diet in the first phase (The Attack Phase) is:
Hot Oat Bran Porridge - 3T oat bran, 1/3 c skim milk and dash of Splenda
1 non fat yogurt
1 Hard Boiled Egg
Homemade Oat Bran Muffin (3 eggs, 9T Oat Bran, 9T non fat yogurt, 3t Baking soda, 3t vanilla extract)
3 Slices Turkey Breast
4oz of fish (generally, Halibut, Shrimp, Salmon)
1 C Cottage Cheese
I will be continuing the Attack Phase for another 5 pounds and then onto the Cruise Phase. I will be reporting here my finding and feelings during my journey to lose the last remaining 60 pounds.
As of day 4 I am feeling really good although I didn't feel so well yesterday and I recognized it as detox so rested most of the day preserving my energy and I am feeling really good this morning. This phase is very hard for those that consume a lot of sugar or processed foods but I found it very easy and very familiar and began to recognize changes in my body that were for the positive.
Enjoy the journey...