Tuesday, January 1, 2008

January 1, 2008 Part 2
I have had so many people ask me what my secret is and what I am doing to lose weight. I didn't realize until recently that I never put my "plan" on here. For our annual beach trip I went throught the magazine rack at the market and bought a whole bunch of junk to read for the week. I had no idea that it would change my life. I was in my chair on the beach watching the kids play and the guys swim when I was the most unhappy with myself then I had ever been. I happened to be reading Womans world magazine and saw a story of a woman who had lost 100 pounds in 5 months. When we got home from our trip I decided that it was time to fix me. I went online and researched the diet I had been reading about on the beach. It was called Kimkins. Basically it is low carb, low fat, low calorie. Boring I know.
On July 7th I started the diet with the thought that if I didn't see results fast I would just quit like the million other times I had before. I wrote down my weight every day in a journal, I started this blog, and I asked people to help me and sponsor the pounds , and I started posting on a website called lowcarbfriends.com. I realized that people helping keep me accountable was something I really needed. I started doing the diet really strictly. I needed to break all my bad habits like tv eating, board eating, lonely eating. In the first week I lost 11.4 pounds. I had done weight watchers before and lost 11 pounds in 6 weeks not 1. I continued with the diet and on week 2 I had lost a total of 16.4 pounds. Are you kidding me. So i have been on the diet for 6 mo. and lost 64. I cheat once in awhile but the biggest thing I have learned is if you cheat you cannot blow the rest of the day. The next day is a whole new start. I feel so much better when I am dieting. My self confidence is so much better. I now know that I will struggle with weight the rest of my life. My eating right and losing weight is not a quick fix, I will have to think about it forever. I know for me my weight was hiding alot of crap from my past. I learned to let it go and I am a much better person now.
So here is the plan fro Kimkins but modified to the Ali plan.
Ther first week is a getting your body off of living on carbs week. It sucks because you may feel what they call the low carb flu. You will feel tired and out of it for a few days but once you get all the carbs out you will feel great.
The first 3-5 days or longer if you can stand it you do lean meat and eggs.
Lean meats are chicken, turkey, fish, seafood, basically any meat trimmed of fat and not using oil or fat to cook it. I did a ton of shrimp boiled in water, chicken on the bbq, ground turkey, and canned tuna.
All the eggs you can handle and prepared any way you want that doesn't include oil to cook them. Hard boiled, poached, scrambled, I did a lot of hard boiled
Here is the fun part. No cheese, veggies, alcohol, dairy. Just meat and eggs. You will lose quickly in this part of the plan.
Once you can't handle anymore eggs and meat you move onto the diet
you can still have all the lean protein you want
all the eggs you want
You can add in things with carbs but no more then 20 carbs a day. (I use mine for coffee creamer, salad dressing,)
up to 3 cups of veggies a day but NO carrots, corn, beans, peas, potatoes, So you can have lettace, spinich, broccoli, green beans, onion, asparagus, pea pods, tomato, basicall yanything but the No list.
Here are the modified Ali additions
I eat yogurt once a day. I buy Dannon Light and Fit sugar and carb control.
I eat string cheese as a snack when I have to. I tend to eat it once or twice a day.
I eat mayo but really sparingly.
I added in tofu but only like 2 times a week.
I eat jello ince in awhile for a sweet treat but it has to be the sugar free and check the carbs on the back to make sure it is low in carbs.
Lots of vinegar and woshishire sauce as salad dressing because I had a really hard time finding low carb dressing that wasn't off the charts in fat and calories at the same time.
taco's with ground turkey alot but i use romain instead of a tortilla.
I found protein shakes at wal mart that are cheap and low carb, I do these when I am not hungry but know I need to eat something.
I love on Splenda. It does have carbs but not to many if you are careful. There is 1 carb in each package of it.
if I have to eat away from home I know there are 2 safe choices.
In and out protein style burger
McDonalds- grilled chicken breast patty (they are $1) and a side salad with a ton of pepper instead of dressing.

You will see rally quickly what add ins work for you and which slow down you weight loss. I added in black beans as well but not until like 3 mo into the diet and only once in awhile.
Make sure you take a multi vitamen every day. I didn't do this and started to see a little bit of hair loss. Just be careful and even when you are not hungry eat something small.
Ok I have gone on forever so if you see something I have forgotten let me know.
If you want a real copy fo the diet let me know and I will email or real mail it to you.

3 comments:

OhYeahBabe said...
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Sherrie said...

Ali

Can I ask if you count your calories? If not I really think you should check as I have a feeling it would still be way too little. I am glad to see you have made some little changes but calories wise they are probably not enough, I think some red meat and more fat will help. Also consider not counting the fibre with veggies, extra veggies will help boost your potassium levels and don't avoid salt. I am not saying you are but I notice a lot do. Some salts are good for you and important as you flush out lots when you go into ketosis.

Have you ever tried a low carb diet like Atkins?

I figure being from low carb friends you are aware of the controversy and potential dangers to ones health on that diet?

You look very pretty in that recent photo, best of luck :)

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