I lost 4 lbs last week, starting off on April 1st, following a high-fat, low-carb diet. I published a blog announcing my intentions, and included pics of how I look now, how I used to look, and the scales registering at 10 st 4 lb (144 lbs).
However, I couldn’t hack it… which came as no surprise to me! I am a long-term calorie counter and had decided that I wouldn’t change that – but that I would also count carbs, fat, and protein. By the third day, I was struggling and yearned for more carbs. I was tired, my gums were sensitive (from eating more meat, I think), and I felt a bit flat. I understand that perseverance is required with a high-fat way of eating, but I wasn’t committed enough to put up with the discomfort!
So, back it was to straightforward calorie counting and selected carbs… and, as I say, I lost 4 lbs. I also attended 4 kickboxing classes and did some brisk walking (I have to say though, that by the end of the final class – last Friday evening – I was ready to drop!). I also repetitively used 2 x 1 kg weights whilst sitting on the couch watching TV, in an attempt to strengthen my arms and develop ‘muscle memory’ (as my instructor, who also happens to be my eldest daughter, calls it!). Punching outwards as fast as I can is more tiring than it sounds!
I decided to lose weight steadily rather than trying to do it in a big rush, aiming at 8 st 12 lb (132 lbs) by mid-June for my 4th kickboxing grading, so have been having 1600 calories a day. I will probably have to reduce this periodically, in order to consistently keep losing. It takes effort but I am determined to give it my best shot!
So, what does an average day’s diet consist of?
Breakfast: cottage cheese or natural yoghurt.
Lunch: A large salad and a baked chicken breast, with low-fat mayo
Or low-fat cream cheese (with salmon or sweet chill) with low-calorie crackers.
Dinner: Fish or chicken or a pork chop, with veg.
Supper: Lemon or chocolate mousse, sometimes with a handful of grapes and berries.
I drink tea with a splash of skimmed milk (no change there, this is just how I take my tea), and green tea. I drink water whilst training, and always have some by the bed for during the night.
AND, I drank a bottle of red wine over the weekend (calorie-counted!).
I am not a nutritionist, and I don’t want to get into anything too complex or demanding; I just want to lose the spare tractor tyre that has taken up residence around my middle, have plenty of energy, and feel reasonably full. I am also not seeing this as a diet but as a permanently revised way of eating. It worked for me in the past, keeping the excess weight off for years until I allowed things to get out of hand. Sadly, I have found that the older you get the weirder fat behaves, choosing to hang around in the least desirable areas… and that metabolism stubbornly drags its heels. So be it. I just have to work harder than I used to… damn it! And yes, I know that most of my 4 lbs lost is probably water (I have been up in the night weeing more than usual), but who cares? It’s better off being flushed away than slopping around my belly and bum!