Thursday, August 28, 2008

Diet update

Here is the latest results of my husband's low carb dieting plan. He now weighs 278. He started out weighing 326 so he has now lost almost 50 pounds. I am so proud that he stuck this diet out. Of course this diet is under doctor's supervision. I am using the same type of diet to see if I can shed a few more pounds and I am finally doing it. 2 years ago I weighed 185 pounds and was very fat to say the least. Now I am down to 160 so I have been losing at least one pound a month on average.

We both have a long way to go to get to our "ideal" healthy weight but we will get there.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Don't eat that!!!!

I just saw one of those in depth news stories on TV of how someone has started a dieting club. Their mission was to start overweight people on the road to eating healthier foods. What they showed on TV was an outdoor picnic type of buffet with lots of fruit and vegetables. There was one woman who was at least 100 lbs over weight and she was chowing down on all the fruit she could find. All I wanted to do was reach through the TV screen and grab that fruit from her and tell her that not all fruit is good when you are trying to lose weight. The carbohydrates found in one piece of fruit can sometimes be as much as a dietitian would allow for a whole meal. Here is a list of fruits to stay away from when trying to lose weight:
  • Whole grapefruit - 23 grams of carbs
  • Slice of melon - 26 grams of carbs
  • Banana - 26 grams of carbs

Monday, August 4, 2008

Feeling stuffed while losing weight

Since my husband went on his doctor prescribed low-carb diet he has lost 25 lbs in just under 4 weeks. I decided to go on the same diet and have lost 5 lbs in 3 weeks.

This diet has changed the whole way I look at food. I no longer look at calories or fat content of foods, in fact I have found that meats and protein foods are what my body has been needing all these years. Also the diet encourages you to eat. That is something that I had not normally thought of. You must eat every few hours to keep your body from storing fat. As long as your body knows there is food coming down to the stomach it does not go into fat storing mode.

My husband's daily carb limit is 195g and my limit is 165g. It is just so amazing that he can eat a baked chicken patty or chicken strips for a SNACK and not a meal and still lose weight. We did have to switch to a low carb bread (we still love sandwiches) so we could have 2 slices instead of just one.

Some interesting items:
  • Ice cream has lower carbs than sherbet
  • Cashews are great low carb snacks
  • Light salad dressing usually has more carbs than regular salad dressing
  • The term "light" usually means low fat, they take out the fat and add carbs in the form of sugar or grains