Yes, I admit it. I crave carbs. The thought of giving up carbs makes me cringe. I can't imagine a dinner without a grain product. This comes from being raised by country folk who always had a plate of good ol white bread to complement the meal. I like things breaded, I like crackers, I like sandwiches, toast, pastas, potatoes and don't even get me started on my insatiable sweet tooth.
I want them all. Every day.
This new Lindora plan has the first week alternating all protein days with days you can have 50-100 grams of carbs. To put things in perspective, I eat between 200 - 300 grams of carbs daily. That's about on par with the food pyramid and the USDA guidelines.
Now I gotta cut it in half. Well I guess I don't "gotta" but I'm choosing to. If this works the way they say, it'll be worth it to see the numbers on the scale move significantly. According to this article, eating these all protein days lowers insulin and kick starts ketosis, a biochemical state in which you are burning fat for fuel, and it will flush out bloat and suppress appetite.
I did okay on my first week of the South Beach Diet. I think I lost like 7lbs. But pretty soon my body leveled out and plateaued - after about 14lbs. So I'm a little skeptical about this being a long term plan. According to the article, it's the flip flopping between eating proteins only then adding more and more carbs that confuses your body's setpoint and therefore results in consistant and rapid weight loss.
I'm about to become the guinea pig to see if this really works or not. As of next week my goals will change from the caloric requirement to meeting the food schedule they outlined in the article, and counting my carb grams. I'm also going to try doing 10 mins on the exercise bike three times a day. I'm not making any promises mind you, if my back starts to hurt that'll 86 the exercise. But I'm willing to give it a shot.
A totally unrelated topic - Wednesdays have become Must See TV. I'm totally hooked on Lost - it's the first show in a really long time I wanted to see the next episode immediately after this one ended. Fortunately that goes into The Bachelor, and as always I'm hooked. I probably wouldn't have been had Byron not been chosen, but now I'm invested. And Ilove Jayne - she's a total sweetheart.
This then goes into Wife Swap which I didn't expect to be much of a show but after I saw the clips on Oprah I was intrigued. It's interesting to see two people in completely different settings taking control of the situation and making their changes. It's the stuff of a storyteller's dreams. I love shows that explore the human condition - and if they put a bunch of different ones all in one pot and stir it, even better.
Fat: 32% (oopsie)
Sat. Fat: 8%
Exercise - On hold
DAILY AFFIRMATION - I have the obligation and the right to take care of myself because I am worthy of all good things.