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You read the word “desperate” and a weight loss problem is never far away. Desperate to lose some weight for a wedding, a night out with friends, ditch the baby weight, look good for a date and the list goes on and on.
But instead of turning to desperate measures….what healthy options are there out there for you right now?
After some research and collaboration with our nutritionist here at My Weight Loss Dream we came up with a ten stage plan……
One that you could stick to for just 12 days to lose extra weight fast. This would be something that would take hard work but at the same time would pretty much guarantee results.
I was game for something (especially after a 2 pound weight gain during my tinned tomato week) and I like following things were it is more a case of the bad things in moderation, rather than being banned from them altogether.
So here goes:
Stage 1 – take time to chew
You would be amazed by how many people forget to chew their food. Even more to the point this reminded me of when I was on holiday in the US a few years ago. I went for a pub meal with family members and they had me in and out of the pub before I had time to blink. I am a slow eater and didn’t even get chance to finish my meal!
On my return I read an article in a magazine where waiters complained that now the average American took 1 hour 10 minutes to do lunch in a restaurant because social media meant they were taking photos and now taking longer. And it made me realise that unless I was in McDonalds I would never been out in less than 2.5 hours.
So chew your food, or count to 15 between each mouthful.
You are then likely to eat less and consume a lot less in calories.
Stage 2 – keep a food diary
Like all my weeks I will be calorie counting and keeping a diary of everything I eat. That way I can keep track of everything and hopefully not eat as much!
Stage 3 – booze free
It is often considered that those that have a healthy appetite for booze will guzzle a lot of calories. My mum for example has a lot of calories from wine, but very rarely drinks spirits. However if she did she would have a lot of spare calories.
For this experiment I am going totally booze free!
Stage 4 – I wont be perfect
This is often overlooked and forgotten about. But many of us get so upset when we are not perfect that we end up bingeing/starving and never get the balance correct.
If you allow yourself to have occasional treats then you will feel much better for it.
Stage 5 – stay away from diet products
By diet products I mean low fat and low sugar. The result of these is that you then want to replace what you are losing from these products and then end up eating a lot more later on.
So have some butter and some extra virgin olive oil, just make sure that it is in moderation.
Stage 6 – half veggies plate
It is also important that when you have your main meals i.e. lunch and dinner, that at least half of your plate involves vegetables. That way you are making sure that you are getting lots of nutrients in your diet and that they are the main focus of your meals.
Stage 7 – fat burning foods
It is also important that your meals are focused around fat burning foods 1/3 of the time. So if you have three meals a day, then make sure only 2 of them has foods in it that are not fat burners. Or you could have it where 1/3 of your dinner plate is fat burning foods. Or for even quicker weight loss, go with a 2/3 rule.
Don’t just have fat burning foods though, as you will just want to have the naughty things and will just end up cheating!
Here are my fat burning foods:
Then also mix it up so that you follow the “eat bad in moderation” rule. For example you could have 12 days of nice meals and on those 12 days only 3 days can involve cheat days!
Stage 8 – have lots of high nutrient foods
By these I am talking about foods that are best for you. Foods that you should eat as much as you can and should be part of your daily lifestyle.
I am talking about foods such as:
- Fruit & vegetables
- Fresh fish such as salmon
- Healthy oils
- Lean unprocessed meats
Stage 9 – exercise at least once a day
Now this is a fantastic way to boost your weight loss. Alongside eating all those healthy foods, by burning 300+ calories a day you can really give your weight loss a fighting chance. It will then burn a lot more fat and weight loss will seem really easy.
The only rule is that you aim for exercise for weight loss, not exercise for muscle building as otherwise you will end up gaining weight.
Go for a run, a walk, a cycle, a swim or whatever other moderate exercise takes your fancy.
Plus aim for exercising for half an hour a day and if you split it up into two sections then you are more likely to lose more weight as you are boosting your metabolism further.
Stage 10 – get third party assistance
I say this in the loose sense of the word because its down to what your body needs and you should act accordingly.
For example if you are an overeater then I would recommend that you take some diet pills that help you with this, that you can take with your meals.
I have decided to sign up with Innoveat and I will be taking three different types of pills over the course of the day:
Shed your excess weight – I will take this with (or shortly after) my breakfast to help me with my weight loss.
Supress your cravings – well my cravings are at their worst straight after lunch when I want chocolate. So I will take it then!
Satisfy your appetite – I will take this in the evening when you are more likely to want to snack to give my body an evening boost without me overeating.
And these are the ten stages that I will be following and I am rather excited by it, especially the last as I have been honoured that Innoveat have sent me a sample for me to try out, as I have only one memory on diet pills and that was oversized tablets from Boots (the chemist) more than a decade ago!
This is going to be a 12 day experiment. Just because I like the idea that I can run it for 12 days and include 3 days off from it, so that the dieting is in moderation.
Day 1 and I’m enjoying it already. I love trying out new things. Today was going to be one of my stricter days, but Dominic is cooking and my white omelette with green pepper, turned into full eggs with butter and green peppers. Really not good :/
For lunch and dinner (I have the same because he has made so much) I have some tasty turkey with steamed vegetables, steamed new potatoes and onions. It fills the gap!
It is day 2 and I am so glad that I am used to taking tablets, after all diet pills always tend to be a tad on the big side. Dominic wouldn’t be able to swallow these, so it’s a good job it is me doing it.
For breakfast I end up having way too little, just because I am busy running around. This results in me having a green pepper for breakfast after exercise and then lots of housework. We then end up going around the cash and carry. This is really not good because I am carrying Sofia in her baby walker and she ways a tonne.
This means we are about to leave and I am starving – so I head back to the sweet isle and buy way toooo much. Caramel toffee tick, Haribo’s tick, big pack of biscuits covered in chocolate….tick.
Even worse I am eating them in the car on the way home which is seriously not good.
Lesson learned…..don’t get to the point of starving when you have burned lots of calories as your body will need to replace what it has lost!
Once home we have some lovely bread and soft cheese, followed by some vegetable pasta in the evening. I am certainly in a happy food place!
It is day 3 and I have half a green pepper along with some tuna. I just love tuna and it is fantastic for filling a gap. I am also following my first strict day today as I have been rather naughty over the last couple of days.
For lunch = salmon with steamed broccoli – one of my all time favourite lunches and so satisfying!
In the evening it is a lovely tuna salad and it is absolutely delicious – mainly because Dominic made it as it is amazing how we makes super healthy food look so good!
Breakfast = green pepper. I love these and who said that you have to have them in a salad? They taste amazing as a snack to walk around with like you do when you are eating an apple.
For lunch with have a pasta bake, that surprisingly for me doesn’t come with a cheese sauce. But with just a lovely homemade tomato sauce and lots of vegetables. We also make some extra so that we have a few freezer meals for when we need them!
In the evening Dominic makes a super tasty salad sandwich, he should enter these into competitions as they are just so tasty!
We also have a catering supply of pears in from the cash and carry therefore I tuck into another pear!
I love Fridays as it is a fantastic day for us to make a nice supper to share as a family. This week it is the turn of a chicken and courgette lasagne = super tasty. Courgette and chicken in a homemade tomato sauce on the bottom, then a layer of lasagne sheets, followed by homemade cheese sauce. The cheese sauce is really not healthy, but the rest of it is rather nice and it makes a nice treat!
During the day I have been having a busy day doing housework so I am sure I am on minus calories J
It is day 6 and carrying on from yesterday we have leftover cheese sauce = fondue out and lots of meat and vegetables to dip into it! I just love this and wish it was super healthy as cheese sauces are meant for me to eat!
This is probably the same reason why I would never be successful with something none dairy as it would drive me crazy without cheese.
I love spending time as a family on a Sunday and as a result Sunday is often full of comfort food. Today is no exception and following the ten rules is not really that bad. I have the diet supplements right next to my sofa as between DVDs I am likely to forget to take them!
We have beef casserole for dinner today with dumplings and fresh bread. This is followed my lemon cake. We have our own lemon tree and it’s nice to make use of them!
Kyle is outside playing with a friend, so I am the naughty mummy licking out the cake bowl. Now this is not going to do my weight loss any good!
Day 8 and I am pleased that there is some lemon cake left, and it would be wrong not to finish it wouldn’t it?
Dominic makes us delicious jacket potatoes for lunch and it needs to be said that jacket potatoes (even though they are easy to make) have to be one of the biggest underrated lunches ever!
In the evening we have some fresh bread and have it with some fresh tomatoes and fresh apple and it makes a fantastic supper.
What I am enjoying this week, is making sure that the majority of the food on my plate is super healthy and it means that I don’t feel like I am a desperate dieter.
Well Dominic greets me at 8am as I lay half asleep in bed. His is proud to announce that while I have been sleeping he has taken the dog for a run and is now ready for work.
Well I am not feeling very active today, so don’t bother with any exercise. Really bad, because I haven’t exercised for a few days now!
Day 10 and unlike yesterday I am out of bed super early, and I am knocking on Kyle’s door at 7am to tell him we are off for a jog. Now this is not like me J and we do a half an hour running and walking session and I look like a beetroot by the time we are finished!
For dinner this evening I make my favourite chicken casserole. Take off the fact that it has chicken skin on the thighs and that we use about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then everything else is super healthy.
Oh and if you want to make it a little naughty then add some pasta to it before you put it in the oven.
Talk about yummy!!!!!
It is the day before the end of the challenge and these diet pills are really satisfying me, I have not picked in between meals and have a lot less urges for things that I shouldn’t eat!!!!
Today I have a banana for breakfast and then for lunch Dominic makes courgette fritters with chips. Yummy but not the healthiest lunch you could have. But with it featuring courgette I am sure it is at least 30% healthy!
In the evening Dominic makes delicious tuna sandwiches for us all. Talk about yummy and tuna is a fantastic fat burning food, even after you’ve added a little mayonnaise.
Then we also manage some orange and its something that is so cheap and easily available here in Portugal – though not sure it should be served with chocolate!!!!
It is the final day and I am going to miss walking away from this challenge. Though, it is kind of scary that I am getting weighed in the morning when it really doesn’t feel like I have made an effort 🙂
Today I have cornflakes for breakfast and then for lunch we have some sausage and vegetable stir fry. Sausages make a fantastic alternative to the usual meats and with more vegetables than sausage it stays rather healthy.
Then in the evening (like typical Portuguese people) we tuck into bread and cheese. I love Portuguese fresh bread and it tastes amazing with some soft cheese on top!
Well I lived up to one of the points, as I am far from perfect. I love chocolate, I love sweets and exercising ever day can be hard work when you have lots of family commitments and life can get in the way. But on some days I did do the exercise twice a day, so it made up for my non-exercise days. Also on day 2 I did the monthly food shop and carrying Sofia around in the baby carrier while shopping is a workout in itself!
I first weighed myself after 7 days and realised I had lost 0.3 kilos. Not that impressed considering my level of ex
I first weighed myself after 7 days and realised I had lost 0.3 kilos. Not that impressed considering my level of exercise (I walked/jogged 23 kilometres in 7 days) but I have enjoyed chocolate, sweets, cheese sauces, pasta and lemon cake. So not bad in the scheme of things.
But I hop on the scales and find out I have lost 0.3 so two lots of 0.3 = 0.6 kilos = 1.3 pounds.
I also forgot to take the supplements a couple of times during the 12 days, because when you are not used to something you can end up forgetting. Though I probably took it about 85% of the time.
But it shows that you can lose weight by eating sensibly when you feel your weight loss is stuck in a rut.
It was rather fun and I reckon a reduction in chocolate a bit more running and I could easily lose 3 pounds a week 🙂