Flat Belly Diet Jump Start Review – 3lbs Down in 4 days!
Monday, November 14, 2011
I thought it was 4lbs but it was only 3... but what am I saying – only 3lbs down in 4 days! That can’t be bad! This morning I was up a tiny bit, 100g (3.5oz) but that’s probably just because I ate more weight yesterday. I’m hoping that if I stick with the regular flat belly diet I might even lose a little more before Wednesday. We shall see. My body weight is up and down at the moment anyway as it’s TOM.
I feel better now. I’m definitely feeling more energetic. I’m thinking about gum but haven’t had any since I finished the jump start on Sunday morning. It might be because I’m in the office. I'm also glad to have finished with sassy water for now! I might do the jump start again some time... the book says you can do it whenever you want a boost.
So, now I’m on the Flat Belly Diet "proper". It’s not actually that much of a change from what I was doing before. However, I like the idea of a strict calorie count and a little more structure to what I have been doing. Here’s what I’m going to be doing:
Sticking to 4x 400 meals per day. I am probably going to split my 400 calorie snack into two though as it’s hard for me to have only 4 hours between meals on a working day. I have to have breakfast at 6.30am but lunch isn’t until just before 1pm. Then dinner is usually around 5.30-6pm. Breakfast is about 80 calories more than my regular Kashi breakfast – which doesn’t contain enough mufas (mono-unsaturated fatty acids) so I’ve saved 10 almonds until just after 9am to stretch out my breakfast. I hope this doesn’t have a negative impact on the benefits of having the mufa each meal. Before, I was having snacks whenever I wanted really as long as I kept to my maximum calories for the day - and most days I was up there.
The meals will come from a variety of cook books. I’m trying 4 or 5 from the Flat Belly Diet cook books this week with left overs for lunch. Some of my other cookbook recipes are for less calories per serve but not enough mufa so I will supplement each meal with a mufa (either almonds, other nuts or seeds, olives, avocado or mmmm... dark chocolate!!!). Unfortunately the dark chocolate has the most calories so it’s not going to be a great substitute as one serve of dark chocolate for mufa is about 220 calories and is not very big... but I will make sure I manage to slip in some chocolate sometimes!
Yesterday I ate:
Regular breakfast for me which is 1 cup Kashi crunch cereal, ½ tablespoon of ground flax, ½ tablespoon of hemp hearts, 2 tbsp raisins and ½ cup milk (I prefer plain yoghurt but we are out). To this I added 10 almonds to boost the mufa as the flax seeds add more calories for the mufa portion than almonds – this kept it to just over 400 calories.
1.5 cups Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup from SP recipes.
2 slices of Trader Joes cinnamon swirl bread toasted with cranberry apple butter. (We’ve had this since our trip to the US last weekend and I’ve not been able to have any until now! YUM!)
10 almonds (need to switch my mufas up a bit I think!)
Around 400 calories
Flat Belly Chicken Pad Thai (mufa was crushed peanuts).
Just under 400 calories
1 home made granola bar which contains lots of sunflower seeds (about 220 calories though) – late at night.
1 Trader Joes chocolate brownie and oat bar – between lunch and dinner. 120 calories.
In review I can see that I need to add some fruit. I will try to get some fresh fruit into my breakfast instead of raisins. Perhaps I can add avocado to my lunch to get my mufas from something other than almonds all the time! I will print out the mufa portion list and stick it to the cupboard. I will buy some olives and use them too as they are a low calorie mufa source.
Tonight we are having the Flat Belly Diet Moussaka.