For the longest time I’ve been trying to lose 25 to 30 pounds, thinking I can get close to my ideal weight, to no avail. I’ve tried many diets. You name them, I’ve tried them without any luck.
Enter the sweet potato and chicken diet! I received a call from a close friend who said he was eating chicken, sweet potatoes, and occasionally whole-wheat slice of bread to lose weight. The first thing I thought was, “You mean to tell me you’re going to eat only those three food sources and you will lose weight. Aren’t you going to be bored to death of eating? Is it sustainable, this diet?” At this point I was busting his chops more than anything with my skepticism.
My friend laughed at me and said I should be a fool for thinking I was gonna lose weight using the same ol’ “eating healthy method” when I have tried it all my life and it has never worked. He explained to me that you either want to lose weight or you don’t. You have to be consistent and you have to choose the foods which will allow you to lose weight even if it means eating the same thing every day.
At this point I still thought he was crazy but It got me thinking. Maybe he’s right. Thirty years ago when I was into bodybuilding I was able to survive on protein shakes and tuna fish to get “cut up” for the summer, easily! I decided to try his diet, knowing if I stuck to it, I could at least tell him he was full of it.
Fast forward a month and a half and I’ll be darned if I have not lost 11 pounds so far.
I want to share this with you if you are daring and here’s how I did it and am still doing it:
- I continued taking a multivitamin (One a Day 50+) to ensure I was getting all the vitamins and minerals I need.
- In the morning I have been eating the same thing; 2 Nature’s Own brand sugar-free whole-wheat bread toast with egg whites and fat-free American cheese on top. It’s kind of like an egg white pizza. Tastes really good, too!
- Three hours later, while I am at work, I eat my first snack of Tyson diced chicken breasts (frozen food) and one half of a medium-sized sweet potato (microwaved on Hi for 7 minutes or so) with cinnamon sprinkled on top. Three hours later I eat the same thing; the Tyson chicken with sweet potato and cinnamon.This takes me through to the end of my work day.
- I get home from work sometime around 5 o’clock and I find myself extremely hungry so what I do is; I eat 2 Sugar Free Nature’s Own whole-wheat toast again, and I dip them into one a half tablespoons of olive oil mixed with a little bit of garlic powder salt and pepper. Instant Italiano food! This gives me my omega threes for the day and helps to prevent the hunger pangs.
- When dinner comes I have one more meal of sweet baked potato and Tyson chicken or I buy fresh chicken breasts from Publix and cook it myself instead of relying on the frozen chicken.
Before I go to sleep, I have a cup of chamomile tea and it send me off into la-la land within a few minutes after drinking it.
In order to maximize the effects of the sweet potato and chicken diet, I recommend you exercise at least 30 minutes a day if you can. If you have any medical concerns, make sure you clear this with your doctor.
Some more helpful tips:
- I poke holes in the sweet potato with a fork to cook it evenly and quickly in the microwave. Alternately, you can bake the potatoes in the oven.
- For convenience you can the same Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breasts I do. Here’s what the package looks like:
Recently, Marjorie Kowalczyk wrote an article detailing her Atkins diet shortcut and based on the amazing response and success using it, I felt it was time to expose my secret way to lose weight, at will.
A while back, I contemplated using the Weight Watchers online program to lose a few pounds. I didn’t really have to lose much; just 10 pounds. By accident, I stumbled on something that may change your life if you are interested in dropping weight.
I went to the WW official website and signed up to the online program. When I checked out using a Paypal payment, there was a glitch in the system and the payment showed “pending” instead of “completed”.
I have to admit I was a little disappointed so I wrote WW an email and while waiting for their response I set out to find other smart phone apps that may have been able to help me lose weight. After conducting a little research on the Internet, I found out that people were using weight loss apps similar to the WW program with great results. I stumbled across two apps that have literally changed my life, possibly forever. They are “My Fitness Pal” and “iTrackBites.
iTrackBites is what I call a Weight Watchers diet shortcut because it costs just $2.99. The My Fitness Pal app is free.
ITB is eerily similar to Weight Watchers because it allows you to eat a certain amount of points each day based on your personal profile which includes your weight. The MFP is also a wonderful app that helps you set the amount of weight you want to lose each week and it sets the amount of calories you need to stay under so you can lose that weight. It then counts the calories for you as you input the foods you eat. Both of these apps have a bar code scanner and this makes it easy to document which foods you eat from your local grocery store.
Weight Watchers eventually wrote me back to admit the temporary problem with their system so I used the above-mentioned apps for a few weeks and put the WW online system on hold for the time being. I still have not used WW because the apps I used were so effective and almost cost-free.
Here were my results:
- Starting actual body weight – 212
- Targeted weight – 202
I mainly used the ITB app and when I needed to find out the points for certain foods, I used a combination of the OneMorePound.com point listings as well as the MFP app for certain food items. With both apps and this website, I was able to accurately determine the amount of points for each of my meals, snacks, and drinks.
Within two weeks, I had already lost 5 pounds and was halfway there! however, the last 5 pounds took another 3 weeks to come off. Still, it was pretty impressive. I lost 10 pounds within 5 weeks without much difficulty. In case you are wondering, I exercised only 3 times a week for approximately 30 minutes and was fairly inactive while at work during this diet.
- Weight loss was 10 lbs. in 5 weeks!
I almost felt guilty because it only cost me $2.99 for the iTrackBites app whereas the Weight Watchers program would have set me back more than 50 bucks for a three month subscription.
Regardless, you may want to consider the Weight Watchers online program at some point because I have a few family members and friends who swear by it. At the same time, you can use the system I have described with great results and it won’t cost you nearly as much. In fact, it won’t cost you hardly anything at all!
Just as Marjorie said with her shortcut; I really hope this works for you like it did for me.
For now, I am going to stick to my Weight Watchers diet shortcut because I got great results out of it and I’m a firm believer in that you “don’t need to fix it if it ain’t broken”.
Let me know how it works out.
UPDATE: BistroMD is worth taking a look at if you’re trying to lose tons of weight permanently and as fast as possible!
When it comes to losing weight, I am the queen of trying anything once! I have been bombarded with the thought of taking the Special K Challenge courtesy of Kellog’s marketing ploy for many years.
Three weeks ago, I wanted to see if it worked because I needed to lose 10 pounds anyway and it seemed like the perfect time to to do it since I needed to drop just a dress size to fit nicely into a lovely spring wedding dress I hadn’t worn in years. it was either lose the weight or buy a new dress and I didn’t want to spend another $200 on a new dress so I certainly had the desire to make the Special K diet work.
I always conduct research on a diet before I try it and I recommend you do the same. I am not in the habit of merely taking anyone’s word for something that directly affects my health.
The whole premise of this diet is to cut down drastically on your caloric intake by eating a bowl of cereal with skim milk and a fruit at breakfast and lunch, and to top the day off with a sensible dinner; voila, you lose weight! You can also mix in 2 Kellog’s snack bars as snacks. The problem with this diet in its pure form is that it doesn’t provide much protein or fiber. For this reason, I had the choice of switching to a better and more balanced cereal such as the Kashi Go Lean cereal but I decided I could do that at a later date. I stuck with Special K!.…
However, I made a few changes that can probably help make this diet a little healthier and more balanced. It starts with taking a multivitamin supplement every day to ensure you are getting adequate amounts of nutrients. In a moment, I’ll tell you whether it worked or not as well as how I felt through the whole two weeks.
Here’s my Special K diet plan:
1 1/2 cups measured Special K cereal with a cup of skim milk
4 nice size strawberries
Sugar-Free Muscle Milk, Chocolate Flavor (8.25 ounces) (100 calories)
1 1/2 cups measured Special K cereal with a cup of skim milk
1/2 of a banana cut into thin slices
Sugar-Free Muscle Milk, Vanilla Flavor(8.25 ounces) (100 calories)
8 ounces of chicken or fish
2 cups of green beans or asparagus
To make this diet effective while at work, I had to take a little cooler with plastic ice gel bottles and place my skim milk and my measured cereal in a plastic Ziplock bag. I also carried a plastic cereal bowl.
Here are the results:
Weight before starting this diet: 142
Weight lost during the diet: 5 1/2 lbs.
Final weigh-in: 136 1/2
Now, I’m certain there must have been some water weight involved because I lost it so fast but the good news is I was able to squeeze into my dress for at least one afternoon and night! One thing I found is that I don’t believe this is a sustainable diet. It’s more for those crunch times when you need to lose weight for the short term and quickly!
I weighed myself two days later and the scale read 138 1/4. Maybe I drank one too many rum and diet cokes during the wedding!
Oh well, I guess it’s back to round two of my Special K Diet!
It is said that more than 65% of people who have gym memberships never or hardly ever use them. This means they take the grand tour of their new gym on the first day, sign contracts promising to pay a monthly fee, and end up using it one or two weeks before bowing out completely!
If this sounds like you, then you should probably consider ending your membership as soon as possible and consider different ways to exercise at home. Even though a real gym contains machines and contraptions that can greatly benefit anyone with the desire and the time to work out away from home, consistency is still the most important part of exercising. This means that no matter how good those machines are, if you don’t work out consistently, you will not receive results anyway. So what good is it to pay $20-$40 a month for a gym membership that you’re not gonna use when you can work out at home on a consistent basis at least five days out of the week?
There are many different exercises you can perform at home. Beginning with cardiovascular exercises, you can either power-walk or run in your very own neighborhood or you may want to consider bicycling as an alternative. Either way any of these three exercises will greatly improve your overall health as long as you follow a sensible diet. The best part about working out at your home or near your house is that you don’t have to travel far away to a gym. We all know how difficult it can be to get motivated enough to travel an extra 5 miles to the gym after a hard day’s work, especially when we’re pressed for time.
Many people have much success working out at home by getting themselves a pair of dumbbells and a flat bench. With this equipment you can do dumbbell best bench presses for your chest, bent over rows for your back muscles, seated presses over your head for your shoulders, curls for your biceps, and triceps extensions for your triceps. That’s a full upper body workout!
Then, for your lower body, you can either use a little bit of weight resistance or no resistance at all and perform squats, lunges, and calf raises to tone your legs.
If you want, conduct some of your own research on the Internet so you can see the different types of exercises you can perform at home as well as many of the success stories from people who never go to a gym. You will be inspired, without a doubt! Here’s one good article.
Sure, it’s nice and extremely convenient to go to a gym where everything is laid out perfectly for you. However, if you’re not getting exercise every day, it’s probably time to bring it home!
I’ve tried just about every diet known to man….and woman for that matter. You name it. Paleo, Weight Watchers, low-fat, low-carb, vegetarian, detox diets, and so many others I can’t even begin to count them all. I have never been able to consistently keep the weight off like I have wanted to.
That is…until a few years ago when I started on the Atkins Diet. It was 1997, at the height of this diet’s popularity. I weighed 195 pounds, a full 60 pounds overweight. Within 6 months I had lost those 60 pounds and had a new lease on a healthy life! Throughout the years, I have always gone back to the diet that works for me whenever I have felt myself gaining one too many pounds. I have not gone past the 140 lb mark since!
Here’s the quick and easy shortcut I use to get myself back on track with the Atkins diet anyone can try; I must admit it is not original but I do not recall exactly how I came about it. It’s not really an easy Atkins diet meal plan you are accustomed to seeing; it is a little modified.
For breakfast: (Choose One)
5 egg whites with low or non-fat American cheese (scrambled or in an omelette)
Low-carb shake (Atkins makes a good one)
Low-carb Protein Bar
Two handfuls of pecans in their shells
Two handfuls of walnuts
5 Boar’s Head ham or turkey and American cheese roll-ups
1 can of tuna in water with a little hoison or barbecue sauce
1 palm-sized serving of protein (lean meat, chicken, or fish), and…
1 cup of green beans or asparagus
Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and take a multivitamin. as you can see, it is very easy and fairly inexpensive to lose weight with this method.
This is an easy Atkins diet to follow and the one I always reach for and currently, I can lose approximately 2-3 pounds a week on it. I have somewhat grown accustomed to eating these foods even when I am not trying to go on a diet to lose weight because I simply feel better when I am not eating so many carbohydrates.
My blood pressure seems to go up when I consume too many carbs, too. You may want to try a lower-carb type of diet if you suffer from pre-hypertension.
This is my shortcut and I hope it works for those of you who need to lose a few!
You can stop emotional binge eating if you know how to recognize it or take action once you know the signs and symptoms. Even if you are trying to watch what you eat there are times when your emotions may get the best of you, causing you to overeat. It happens to everyone at some point, so don’t be embarrassed or overly concerned when you stray off your diet, unless you make it a habit. This is when it becomes a problem.
We all face daily stressors. Kids have more stress than ever at school with all the current demands of public school systems, as they do their best to better educate them. However, they do not have the same amount of stress an adult or older, responsible person has because of financial worries and the daily tasks they face in trying to raise kids properly. Even single folks or married couples face far more stress today than ever.
It makes sense then, that overeating due to an imbalance in your personal life can affect just about anyone. When you have trouble in your personal life, whether due to a relationship, job, or otherwise, your eating habits may take a turn for the worst if you are not careful.
One of the most common problems affecting millions of people all over the world today is how they turn to food for comfort. These people are trying to cope with their emotions the best they know how but it gets them in trouble when they walk toward the fridge for that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream when they should be chomping on vegetables, fruits, nuts (as long as they are not allergic), or other healthy snacks which don’t contain an incredible amount of simple sugars.
When people eat foods that taste great and are bad for them, their bodies release endorphins which are those feel-good hormones we get when we are exercising intensely. This is one of the reason it’s so easy to get hooked on this type of indulgence!
Here are 5 ways to make emotional binge eating a thing of the past:
1. Take some “me” time alone and reflect. Too often, we get trapped in the same mundane existence and we make excuses to not take care of ourselves by doing the things we love. Here’s some news for you; doing what you love does not have to involve eating unhealthy foods. It can be something as simple as taking a walk in the park for 30 minutes on one day, walking your dog for 10 minutes every day after it does its deed, or going to the mall and having a favorite diet drink or cup of coffee without cream or sugar.
2. Recognize the signs and symptoms. Guys and gals, it’s not rocket science. Before you indulge in that piece of chocolate cake for the second day in a row, pause and think about what you are doing. Retrace your steps for the day while keeping in mind these common triggers; having a rough day at work, not being pleased about your appearance, wanting to escape your problems, a recent sad event you are dealing with, or feeling guilty about something you did. Then, take corrective action and get back on track to eating healthy foods. If you can’t be honest with yourself, you will have a tough time trying to stop emotional binge eating.
3. Get a buddy to help you. People who are lacking in their social lives sometimes tend to dig themselves into a deeper holes by seeking comfort in eating. If you can, enlist the help of one of your friends who wants to stay on the right track. Together, your progress and ability to avoid emotional eating will be easier because you will be there for one another. What a beautiful thing!
4. Take 5 minutes a day to conduct deep breathing and visualization techniques. Lay down or sit down, relax your body with your arms at your side, and breathe in slowly while using your belly for approximately 5 seconds, hold it for 7 seconds, and release it for 8 seconds. Do this 4-5 times. For visualization while you are doing the deep breathing, concentrate on anything positive or images of how you want to look. This works wonders for stress and some folks say this type of meditation is all they need to stay on track with their regular diets.
5. Get professional help if you can’t do it on your own. Sometimes, we need to seek counseling to help us come to terms with what’s truly happening so we can take corrective measures. There is no shame in this. If you feel your eating is out of control due to your emotions or otherwise, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. You may have an emotional binge eating disorder.
Once you get on the right track with one victory after another, your habits will become automatic. If you find you are straying away and occasionally falling victim once again to emotional overeating, concentrate on the things that were effective in avoiding this problem. After a little bit of a struggle, you will have your emotional eating under control and you will never be a victim to it again.