Tuesday, August 27, 2013
So after my last post, I did some searching around and decided to download the Flat Belly Diet ebook to go along with my cookbook. I started the Four Day Anti Bloat Jumpstart on Wednesday and by Sunday morning I'd lost 3.4 pounds! I know it's mostly water weight in that time, but it was a really encouraging first step. I thought I'd take some time to explore my thoughts and feelings about the diet.
First of all, the book is obviously aimed at women about twenty years older than me. I don't have kids or a regular job yet and I'm not approaching or past menopause yet. But that doesn't detract from the generally friendly and helpful tone of the book; it just makes me feel like I'm a little young to be worrying about these things and/or a little precocious in my choice to better myself while still in my twenties.
Second, there are a lot of references to joining their website (http://www.flatbellydiet.com/
), but that website looks like a classic scam page; I'm not touching it, even with the books and Prevention Magazine to back it up. Prevention's website (http://www.prevention.com/) looks much more trustworthy and seems to have most of the resources referenced in the books anyway. Everything else I can get right here on Spark People.
Third, the diet itself. The jumpstart was easy to shop for since it had a list in the pages. I don't know how they figured the portion sizes to buy though; i ended up with way too much of some things and not quite enough of others. Still, the things I had left over, I've managed to work into the days since. The meals were mostly pretty boring, though my boyfriend was in to them. We'd never cooked with tilapia before, so that was an interesting discovery. We also didn't exactly follow the meal plan; it calls for a different type of cereal every day and we were content to eat the same cereal since we had so much of it. We also had tilapia more often than the meal plan calls for. Breakfasts and dinners were all good, but the lunches were difficult and the smoothies were kind of blah. It was hard to get through the lunches (a pint of grape tomatoes is A LOT of tomatoes, and 4 oz of turkey on its own gets sickening near the end), I'd feel stuffed before I finished them, but only a couple hours later I'd be starving. Lunch was also the only meal without an obvious source of monounsaturated fats, and I'm kind of curious about the reasoning behind that since mufas are what the entire diet is about. Odd as the smoothies were, at least they were satisfying.
Sunday we started the real diet, and I've been much more satisfied with it so far. The recommends not experimenting too much at the get go, but I think I have a good handle on how it works. Four meals around 400 calories each, spaced four hours apart, and a mufa with each meal. I've been using the book recipes as guide lines and adjusting according to what we have. I'm tracking everything with Spark People to make sure each meal is within range. I don't always make it four hours without getting hungry though; usually around the third hour I start feeling it. This afternoon was pretty bad, but I think I actually went longer than I should have because I took a nap. I'm also having a problem with being lightheaded when I stand up. It used to happen a lot when I was younger and usually meant I hadn't eaten enough. I hope my body adjusts soon and that this isn't a sign of something worse going on.
During the jumpstart I tried to keep my exercise at a low intensity, since it was a lower calorie plan. I went for shorter walks and swam and just tried to take it easy while still getting some work done. Sunday my boyfriend and our roommate and I went for a good walk, and yesterday I restarted my Wii Fitness Coach program. Today was a Wii break day, so went for a long walk by myself. I feel good about where I am in that aspect.
So, here's hoping the next weigh in has further good news!