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Forbidden Starches Blues...

Well, not so blue as all that. I've been on the South Beach Diet since Monday, and in the past four days I've dropped from 183 (the night after a chinese buffet) to 175 pounds. That's my "little tiny goal", since it's what I weighed before my life got all stressy back in November or so.

Terribly effective diet! And a lot friendlier than Adkins. In a week I'll be able to have the occasional chicken salad sandwich. Mmm, chicken :) I've also had to learn to cook a lot of different kinds of meat that I hadn't cooked before. The grilled chicken smothered in mushrooms and onions and bell peppers have been VERY tastey, and I made steak *and* fish for the first time ever over the last few days.

I don't weigh that much and I have a fairly light build, so I'll probably go off the harder parts of this particular regimen in a week or so, and switch to "maintainance mode".

Am developing a love-hate relationship with riccotta cheese. Wondering if there's a way to whip it and use it to top three pounds of chocolate cake strawberry jello.

I really do want to sit down with a huge plate of cheese and crackers, though I haven't had any major craving fits yet.


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Feb. 4th, 2005 11:07 am (UTC)
Keep this in mind: Low-carbohydrate diets tend to be diuretic, so in the beginning, you'll drop a few pounds of water. When you start eating normally again, this will generally come back: it's water, so it isn't something to be concerned about, but the numbers on the scale will rebound a few. So you might not want to check out so early, and give your body a chance to burn off some pounds of actual bodyfat.
Feb. 4th, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC)
Nah, I'm going to stick around for a while on it. But I'm definately getting off the "atkinsesque" phase as soon as allowed, and probably not messing with the "reduced weightloss, healthier diet" phase for more than a week or two. I only weigh 175 right now, I don't have that much weight to lose.

Thanks for the advice, though, I'll have to assume you totally know what you're talking about on this one :)
Feb. 4th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)

One thing that helps a lot is to replace soda, tea and juice with just plain water and black coffee. Soda, tea and juice make you thirstier, and so you drink more than you intend and put on water weight. Cutting (not cutting out, just cutting) salt will also help in this. Not as safe, but taking up smoking, amphetamine and heroin will also help, but none of them are a good match for your personality.

Feb. 4th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
There's a fair bit of juice in this diet--I've been drinking a little V8 every day. I've gotten off the soda thing (or I've switched to diet), but I do drink coffee heavily. I've gone to non-fat instead of 2% milk, though.

I guess I should switch to water, but I'm doing okay on the loss pace thing, so no worries. Best I don't deal with carbo AND sugar AND caffeine craving :)
Feb. 4th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
Good luck an stuff! My one weakness is (junk)food. I can't diet, my cravings are far too strong. I'd have to be sequestered at a camp or something, far, far away from soda and cheeseburgers to ever lose weight by diet. I just need to get more active. :/
Feb. 5th, 2005 09:30 am (UTC)
Re: weakness
I'm a big fan of active. Fortunately he walks me sometimes. :)
Feb. 5th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
Re: weakness
Teehee, guess I need to run around in frantic circles and pounce more lizards and birdies.
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