SlimChick's Journal, 31 December 2012

Gained about 20 pounds over the last 12 months, gah! I haven't been counting calories online but mentally have kept it around 1400/1500 max. That's apparently way over what my body is capable of digesting, which is quite frustrating. (At 158 lbs, my BMI after finals week was "overweight" and at 155 lbs at my height I'm definitely chubby.)

Things I have figured out:
a) sugared drinks must really mess with my metabolism in some crazy way, because even if my calories are low in general energy drinks make me gain big
b) the traditional low fat high fiber diet does not work for me

What works for losing (and probably maintaining):
A) Lots of kombucha and probiotics
B) Some dense carb staple I can eat small amounts of as a snack throughout the day and feel full on, like gluten free lemon cookies by WOW or Dutch almond bars. I call it my "lembas" (like the hobbits' filling elf bread in Fellowship of the Ring :) )I typically eat up to 600 calories of the staple (three almond bars or about 6 lemon drop cookies)
C) I sometimes replace the staple with something else equivalent like eggs on toast
D) beef jerky and string cheese with or without a small bag of nuts makes another great snack (with the nuts it's like half a meal replacement)

Other than the "staple" and the staple replacements, I can eat as many salad veggies (light uncooked greens and tomatos, carrots, etc) as I want, as much fruit as I want, and if I choose one serving of "dinner vegetables" (broccoli etc, which takes my body more time to digest). My calorie max is around 1100 calories.

On this diet I have fairly rapid weight loss (about a quarter pound a day). Unfortunately maintenance is something I am still figuring out. I seem to always either be losing or gaining.

One thing for sure: energy drinks and pop are out

Diet Calendar Entry for 31 December 2012:
789 kcal Fat: 26.16g | Prot: 49.17g | Carb: 64.14g.   Breakfast: beef jerky teriyaki, string cheese. Lunch: coconut meringue. Dinner: chicken, beer , peas. more...
on diet The Real Food Diet  


I just watched a video from one of the sidebar advertisements. They of course are trying to sell their diet plan, but they do give a nice long explanation of some things that can prevent you from losing. And others that help you lose. Plus they say it's way more about which foods then calories, which I think could be true, since I ate way more calories over Christmas, but still good food, and lost 2 lbs again this week. Just something you could consider. It was the 5 foods to never eat one. I watched the first 5 min or so, and when it got to the advertising part I shut it off. Had a lot of good suggestions though. Hope it helps. 
31 Dec 12 by member: musiquette


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