First off, I’m no doctor, no nutritionist, no expert when it comes to weight control. I just know what works for me. And whatever it is may just not work for you. So, take this post with a grain of salt (but not if you’re on a salt-free diet). Also, check with your own doctor. But don’t tell my doctor because I havent asked her a thing!
My system only works when hubby isn’t home. He would NEVER put up with this sparse eating plan as he has to have a fresh, home cooked meal, with a protein, each and every night. So, I only go on this drastic eating menagerie when he goes off on a project week-long, work quest or is going to be out-of-town for a few days.
Second, know that I am a very lazy dieter. It’s bad enough that I am going to be deprived. I don’t need to make my discomfort any worse. So, I buy as many pre-prepared low-calorie/low-salt meals as possible. The less I have to do and think about eating, the less temptation I have to stuff anything in to my mouth. I also buy big supplies of individual servings. Now, I know this is not cost-effective but I’m trying to lose weight here. And anyone who understands the difficulty of weight loss, knows that if you have to pay a bit of extra money to lose a few pounds, it’s more than worth it! So, I buy boxes of those individually wrapped cookies that limits calories to 90 per pack. Or I buy a big bag of individually portioned ice cream cups (vanilla and chocolate) that limits each cup to only 100 calories per (120 for the chocolate). I find that having an individually wrapped bunch of thinly sliced cookies with a cup of tea cures my urge for a more decadent, calorie laden desert after a meal or a snack later on in the evening. Ditto for those ice cream cups (or any other smallish desert your little heart desires, as long as its contained to a serving)
Knowing what I just told you, as above, here’s my shopping list for the week:
I buy enough for a 5 or 6 day diet marathon. Breakfast is always the same: 1 cup cooked, old-fashioned oatmeal with a dab of butter, teaspoon of brown sugar and a dusting of cinnamon or one hard-boiled egg, two slices of low cal bread toasted with a smear of butter. I always fill up, in between with low-cal fruits, such as cantaloupe or melon. I drink lots of iced coffee or iced decaffeinated tea (no sugar!) during the day (or water). I have the salad for lunch, the frozen entrée for dinner with one of my pre-portioned snacks for desert. Again, if I am looking for something more to eat in-between, I have the fruit or veggies. Note: I often buy the pre-cut fruits and veggies. I told you I was lazy! I just have enough energy to do this diet!
I usually have no trouble whatsoever sticking to this diet for a week because basically, that’s what it is: only a week-long diet. Surely, I can do this for a week? Duh! And without fail, at the end of the week I have lost five pounds. The secret, however, after that, is to watch what I eat going forward and try not to slip back into old habits (like eating a whole bag of bit-o-honey candies while binge watching ‘Insatiable‘ a dark comedy, on Netflix. Note: don’t miss the 1st episode otherwise the series won’t be so funny).
Today is Day 1 of my Lazy Woman’s Quick Five Pound Weight Loss Diet. I did this last month, lost the five pounds and have kept it off. Now, if I can accomplish another five pound loss this week, that will mean I shed 10 pounds. This is the first time I am trying Wal Mart’s own brand of Lean Cuisine. They are moderatly low in salt and to me, they are very, very good and filling. I’ve always loved their Bistro salads.
Sometimes I do have to add another tablespoon of dressing to the salads but hey! Life is hard enough. I shouldn’t be forced to eat a naked salad too!
Live well and prosper, my friend. Live well (lose a few pounds) and prosper.