3 pounds in 3 days
Friday, August 06, 2010
Like I told you on a previous blog, I tried the 3 day diet. Today is day 4, and I went from 148.2 on day 1 to 145.4 today. The reason why I did it is because I was in a plateau and couldn't get under 148. I've learned a thing or two the last couple of days and realized that this diet is not as crazy as most people think. Though I have to say that there's no thing as a "unique chemical reaction that helps you lose weight" on this diet, there are certain things that essential to weight loss that this diet puts in practice. These are:
1. Eat protein. I'm not a big meat eater so I always struggle on meeting my protein goals. This diet had protein on every meal, whether it was eggs, peanut butter, cottage cheese, tuna or hot dogs. Most of these are not meat, so for people who would rather not have meat (like me) these are an option. Now, I know, that I can add one or more of these components in order to add protein to my diet. Protein, not only helps you build muscle but it also helps you stay full longer. That is one of the things that mostly surprised me from this diet even when I was eating small portions.
2. Small portions. Eating small portions is essential during weight loss and beyond. Most of us eat way past feeling full. This diet had very little portions, which could feel like too little for the people that are not used to eating small. I don't usually eat big portions, but I tend to eat more than what this diet had to offer. Still due to the fact that, like I mentioned before, there was protein in every meal I felt full faster. I also believe that eating small portions, even when is hard in the beginning, helps your stomach get used to eating less and will ask you for less next time you eat.
3. Eat your vegetables. Every dinner had at least 3 servings of vegetables which is what all of us are supposed to eat every day, even when we don't.
4. Eat your fruits. Fruits were incorporated at 2 of the 3 meals.
5. It is ok to have dessert if you've learned to limit your calories the rest of the day. Every dinner concluded with either half or a full cup of regular vanilla ice cream.
I'm not saying I recommend this, or any diet. I believe in a lifestyle change that includes healthy habits. What I am saying is that sometimes we have to push ourselves to change, and if we're smart we can learn a thing or two of these diets and not undo what we achieved after returning to our "normal" eating.