So I was at Barnes and Noble and picked up The New Sonoma Diet from the bargain books section (it was only $5!). I had heard of this diet before that it was more of a healthy lifestyle rather than a diet and had also just watched a special on the news about the benefits of eating a mediterranean diet. The Sonoma Diet has the same principles of a mediterranean diet except she organizes it into waves.
I really like this 'diet' because it doesnt feel like a diet at all. The gist of it is... eat more fruits and vegetables and lean meats/fish, and incorporate healthy fats (olive oil, almonds) into your diet. This was pretty easy to follow. I have a little more trouble because I am usually driving from place to place for work and dont usually get to eat lunch in the office and will pick something up along the way (fast food). But I still try to follow as much as possible. I frequent El Pollo Loco for their side salad and a chicken carbon taco. But other than weekday lunch its a piece of cake!
I did my best to follow wave 1 although I did allow myself a glass of wine even though you are not supposed to have until wave 2. I lost about 3 pounds in the first 10 days which was great!
Im not so much following the waves though as just the main principles of the 'diet.' Unfortunately I have had a lot of dinners with friends I havent seen in a long time and have let myself cheat a little too much :(
With that said- I need to get back on track and just eat the good, yummy foods that the book talks about. When I was more strictly following the diet in wave 1 I also felt like I had a lot more energy, and wasnt starving or had cravings... I think this Mediterranean diet/Sonoma diet idea is really workable, of as with any diet or healthy eating plan... you stick to it!! Im planning a beach vacation in a couple months so I better get back on track!!
Im sure you have heard of this diet trick. My friend at work told me she lost weight really fast by doing this but agreed it felt more like a crash diet. She thought it was due to the time between eating and going to bed, not necessarily less calorie intake.
Anyone have any thoughts about this? If it works. If its a good idea...
So i've been full ahead on my routine for 2 weeks now. The first week i lost a pound. The second week i stayed the same. I feel like a few years ago when i was on here I lost weight much easier. Like at least 1 pound would come off a week. Im not THAT much older but it seems harder now. So its all making me unclear of what works for me. Spark tells me 1200-1400 calories a day which seems reasonable to me, plus im doing the gym 3 or 4 days a week. I should kick that up to 4 or 5 days....
Do i need to be eating less calories? Harder workouts? ugh! so frustrating :(