As some may know, I just finished a fitness challenge group at my gym that lasted 7 weeks. It was a great experience: small group, great trainer, lots of 1:1 training guidance. I feel so strong and super healthy – lots of energy…the works. I knew inches had melted off – regular clothes were fitting again. It was great until I did my final weigh in and realized that I only lost THREE pounds in 7 weeks. There are lots of theories that go along with this result: “muscle weighs more than fat. you are eating too many calories. you aren’t eating enough calories. drink more water. your are gaining muscle too fast.”
OK – any one of these can be true. But, once I really dug deep, I drew one definite conclusion: CARBS. Evil carbs must be it!
I remember going through this very same thing a few months before my wedding. I was getting fit – eating clean (or so I thought!)-plenty of sleep (pre-kids era=lots of sleep!) I couldn’t figure out the problem! So I went to a certified, bonafide, rock-my-world Dietitian. She started shooting me up with B-12 every two weeks and made me do a food log. Turned out my carb intake was almost 70% of my diet! As a vegetarian, its way too common. Beans=carbs; sandwiches=carbs; fruit=carbs; nachos=carbs; veggie pizza=carbs. You get the idea.
My Dietitian said that I needed to get my carb intake down to 44% and then I would be fine. WELL…that was easier said than done. I had to literally think about every single food decision that I made for several weeks. This is hard to do – almost reminded me of when I started eliminating meat from my diet…but that is a whole different story!
After a few weeks, I got into a groove and I lost another 10lbs before my wedding – which put me at my skinniest since I was 19 years old. True story. This was a great feeling but, its easy to forget.
Truth is, once I realized that the change I needed to make was a small one, it was easy to get motivated. Now I just need to remember that feeling and stick with it!
The truth is – I LOVE pizza. I love really good panini’s and oh man…give me a pile of pasta with some warm bread to dip into some Italian seasoned oil….LOOK. OUT. But all of this gives me a huge ass and not just a double chin, but like, four chins.
I am perfectly aware that carbs and sugar are the devil. We all know it. But man. Those carbs can be SO delicious and so satisfying. Lets stop talking about that now.
Lets talk about what I have been doing over the last week or so to tweak my diet. First, I sought the advice of a friend who used to be a personal trainer and knows a ton about nutrition. He made a few key suggestions:
- No bread. No pasta. period. None.
- Fast for at least 12 hours – if you eat dinner at 7pm – the earliest you eat breakfast is 7am.
- After a work out – give yourself a full hour before eating to do a “forced fast”
- Never, ever eat anything that turns to sugar in your system after 4pm. Hence, pasta, bread, fried starches, bananas.
- Dinner should be just a protein and a vegetable.
- Limit alcohol intake to 1x per week.
- Drink as much water as you can…1/2 your weight in ounces is the general rule.
- Don’t skip meals. If anything, add 4 small snacks.
So I have been following this regimen for almost 2 weeks and you know, I think its seriously making a difference.
So in the spirit of low-carb eating, I have a great recipe that is helping me get into this habit permanently. The Veggie Scramble. Delicious!
Tina’s Killer VEGGIE SCRAMBLE
1/4 cup plain almond milk
1 TB olive oil
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup chopped kale
1/4 cup red pepper
1 TB Trader Joes Red Pepper and Eggplant spread (trust me…A-mazing on eggs)
Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder
Sliced Avocado (4 small slices)
Whisk the eggs and almond milk (or blend in blender to get it extra light) set aside.
Heat olive oil in a skillet – put in onion, sauté for 1-2 min – add broccoli and peppers. sauté until soft – pour in the egg/milk mixture – stir until the egg firms up. Toss in the TJ’s spread – stir together for another m
inute or two – top with seasonings to taste.
Top with sliced avocado & serve with a drizzle of siracha if you want to add some kick.
Delicious. And its low carb and full of protein!
The morale of this story…small tweaks in diet can make a big difference! I’ll check in after another week or two with a new weigh in…lets see how this goes down.
Catch you later!