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Results of food experiment

Friday, March 08, 2019

After two days of feeling like I was starving to death, I'm calling off the experiment with the slimming menu plans in "Stay Slim for Life". I think that they are very good for following for a week to kick start things, and although the calorie count is low, ultimately it was the lack of fats that did me in.

Seriously, we eat very healthy. So when I couldn't sleep a few nights ago because all I could think of was buckets of KFC (which we've never eaten by the way, but did bring one in years ago for a trio of babysitters who thought they could handle my savages - but that's another blog). So it didn't take a genius to realize that I needed fat. I knew, hubby knew, and DD knew.

So today I'm back to meal planning. However I will be using the valuable lessons I learned from the menu plan.

1/ I need to eat at least 300 calories less than hubby. I had been serving us similar sizes, so this was an essential lesson. If I give him 6 oz of meat, I get 4 oz. If he gets 2 slices of bread, I get one or possibly none.

2/ We need more healthy fats. There were no avocados on this plan which is our usual source for healthy fats. The only fats we had were the odd teaspoon of butter here or there and it really wasn't enough.

3/ To be sustainable the calorie count has to be a bit higher than we found on this meal plan. My calories were always between 1,000 and 1,100 while John was always in the 1,400 range. Just not enough calories. I think I need a minimum of 1200 and anywhere up to 1550 would be ok. John needs between 1800 and 2000, possibly more as he starts more physical work outside.

Still, it was a very good plan and very doable for that kickstart week to remind us of portion sizes and the differences between the male and female members of the family. I wonder if I have another book with pre-made menus I can follow without thinking much about? mmm, the laziness calls and I'll have to go through my cookbook collection.

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    Great observations, Shirley. I too am looking for a pre-planned meal list to follow. Any I've seen are too family- based, too weird, or unappealing. Still looking, Lynn.
    796 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    The valuable lessons you learned are good ones. Stick to healthy as you and hubby do and you do well Shirley.
    800 days ago
    We have all learned a lot since the 50's and 60's. There were different foods available and America was not very culturally diverse. There were theories about food and weight and diet, and there also was a huge movement in advertising and the food industry going on. People were eating differently than they had. It was just the start of the obesity and diabetes epidemics.

    I think this is going to become a blog.... so I'll cut and past and continue my thoughts there... but thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Hugs, Justyna
    800 days ago
    My former doctor had me on low fat for years and it didn't work for me either. I was hungry all the time and he wanted me to eat more carbs!!!!!

    Your observation are right on. Hubby and I do the same. He needs more food and calories than I do. I used to look for meat that was the same size and now I don't.
    800 days ago
    Trial and error. You will get the perfect fit.
    800 days ago
    I’m amazed how many calories I need
    800 days ago
    Good for you for listening to your body! It’s so easy to beat oneself up about these things.
    800 days ago
    Cabbage soup and quick diets are never sustainable ✅ nice for a kick start or restart but long term healthy lifestyle is made by day today healthy choices- You got it!👍
    800 days ago
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