Results Are In
Sound the trumpets! Ring the alarms! I have successfully completed 5 full days of South Beach, and I have some really exciting news. **drumroll please** I have lost 5 lbs in 5 days! ::gasp:: ::faint:: I have never lost that much in less than a week. And I don't feel like I'm starving myself. After the first day of my body being shocked from the new eating pattern, I got used to it.
What I've Learned
I think the most important thing with this diet (and any other diet to be honest) is planning. The day before I started, I planned out meal plans for the full week - including snacks. I then went to the grocery store and got everything all at once. Once I planned ahead, I always had something to eat. I eat every 2 hours! I just make sure to follow the guideliness of what foods are allowed, and I continue to count calories as well.
I have to be honest, I haven't been perfect. One day during the week, at an office party, I indulged in a glass of ginger ale. I also allow myself to sometimes eat lowfat popcorn, which I believe I shouldnt be having until phase 2. But the most important thing is that 90% of my eating is exactly where it should be, so the other 10% does not have much of an effect on my results.
The 2nd most important thing with this diet is portion control. When I first did South Beach many years ago, I didn't count calories. I just thought, as long as I stay away from bad carbs I'll lose weight. I would eat 2 steaks, or have 2 eggs and 3 sausage links and bacon... um.. NO. While they do have a low amount of carbs, they're high in calories, fat, sodium, and cholesterol. So this time around, not only did I avoid bad carbs, I also counted calories and measured everything. I know this may seem daunting but if you want results, you have to sacrifice. For example, I will only have 39 pieces of dry roasted peanuts because that is exactly the 1 ounce serving.
1) Exercise: I have not exercised at all. Even though I'm not as hungry, and cravings have reduced, I don't have as much energy as I normally have when I have more carbs in my system. I think I will save the Exercise regime for phase 2.
2) Water Intake: I only have approximately 4 glasses of water per day. I know that I should be having 8-10 glasses, but I don't seem to remember drinking unless I'm eating. I think I will add water by drinking one glass automatically upon waking, and one glass right before bed.
Here is today's meal plan!
Phase 1 Day 5
1 TBS mayo
1/2 cup stewed codfish
1 serving SMARTFOOD popcorn
1 ounce pepperjack cheese
sliced sweet italian sausage on a bed of lettuce w/ chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese
39 pieces dry roasted peanuts
Shrimp and Broccoli in garlic Sauce
Sugar Free Jello