I have followed the 8 Greats for Less Weight for 7 days now. Here are the results so far and my thoughts on the week.
Stats- These are my average numbers for the week.
- Protein- 82.9 g (25%)
- Carbs-87.5 g (27%)
- Fat-69g (48%)
- Calories-1407 (for the record, but wasn’t counting)
- Exercise- 5 days for a total of 115 minutes (not that much)
- Weight Loss- 2lbs!
I was NEVER hungry and waiting for my next unsatisfying meal like “diets” of the past. I looked forward to eating because of the yummy and great tasting foods I had to choose from. I ate butter, steak, bacon, raw nuts, avocados, and cheese without feeling guilty. All the years I tried to follow low-fat diets, I felt so hungry and deprived and never got to eat these foods.
I decided on a “Freebee Friday” which was whatever I wanted for lunch on Friday. I had Five Guys; hamburger and french fries with a club soda (780 calories according to the Lose It! app). Let’s just stop and let that soak in for a minute……. I admit it. I ate that. It was only one meal and only for lunch. According to some sources it helps with weight loss to have a carb meal. This may not have been what they had in mind.
What I did right
I followed the “8 greats.” I ate lots and lots of veggies that were cooked in good oils, mixed with bacon, garlic, some cheese; not boring veggies. I focused on choosing foods from the “Heal Your Liver” food list. I drank lots of water and green tea and focused on working out 4 times (actually worked out 5 times) and getting my sleep. Most important, I watched my carb intake and kept it between 50-100. As you see from the stats above I averaged around 87g. Much lower on most days, but the Friday lunch bumped me up.
What I learned
As I looked back on my food diary I discovered that the 2 days that I ate a high protein breakfast, I was full longer, ate lunch later, and ate less of it. I tend to suffer from indigestion and digestion issues in general. No problems this week. I also experience some stiffness and a little pain in my feet and ankles in the morning. I had none of that this week. For more info on inflammation, joint pain and the connection with wheat, check out the book Wheat Belly. I only had wheat once. Remember Five Guys? I feel guilty every time I write that, but I gotta keep it real. If I was that kid on ‘The Middle,” I would whisper it now real soft…….five guys.
- The 1000 mg of vitamin C upset my stomach. I took it twice then stopped. Won’t be taking it next week.
- I haven’t incorporated the milk thistle or apple cider vinegar yet. Will add these next week. I bought some unsweetened cranberry juice to add to my apple cider vinegar shot for added health benefits.
- Going to find ways to shake Turmeric into my food. Not a spice I use, so need to be mindful of it for help with digestion and a healthy liver.
Next check in on May 13.