Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Multitudes of Diets

Have you ever flipped through magazines, women's magazines, and seen all the diets that are in those? There's tons of them every week!

I have a few that I cut out over the last few months that I thought I would share. I have no idea of these work, because I've not been organized enough to actually get in the mood to diet. But, plan to get on that!

"Drop 16 lbs in 7 days"
This diet, according to the article, is from Wendy Chant's book "Crack the Fat Loss Code" and "nutrition boot camp" seminars. This interviewee claims to have lost 170 lbs in 3 1/2 yrs following Chant's advice.
Week 1 - Force the body to burn fat. Limit your carbs to 20 grams per day (total carb grams per serving minus fiber grams per serving is the actual carb count on nutrition labels.) Avoid starches like potatoes, bread, rice, corn, beets, carrots, etc. Avoid low-carb packaged foods and processed foods, fruit, fruit juice and alcohol. Fill up on low carb veggies like asparagus, broccoli, celery, mushrooms, spinach and radishes. Up to 16 lbs of weightloss this week.
Week 2 - Keep cravings at bay. Cycle between 3 carb formulas and lose up to 5 additional pounds this week.
Week 3 - Blast even more fat! Switch your high carb and low carb days to prevent weight loss from stalling. Lose up to 4 more pounds this week.

So that's up to 25 lbs in 3 weeks!

Sample of week 1:
Breakfast - Egg cheeseburger (1 egg, 3 egg whites and 1 1/2 oz of lean ground beef, season and form into a patty, grill).
Mid-Morning meal, 3 hrs later - 1/2 c cottage cheese, full fat
Lunch, 3 hrs later - Lettuce and cucumber salad topped with 4 oz grilled checkin. Drizzle with 1 T olive oil and 1 T vinegar.
Mid-afternoon meal, 3 hours later - Mocha protein shake (8 - 10 oz water, 1 heaping tsp instant decaf coffee, ice cubes, 1 1/2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder).
Dinner, 3 hrs later - 4 -6 oz broiled salmon, 1 c broccoli, lettuce and cuke salad topped with 1 T flaxseed oil.

Sample week 2:
Monday, Thursday, and Sunday:
Breakfast - Power oats (1 serving cooked quick oats with 1 1/2 scoops unflavored or vanilla whey protein powder, add cinnamon and stevia sweetner.
Mid morning meal, 3 hrs later - 1 boiled egg
Lunch, 3 hrs later - 4 oz grilled tuna, 1 c broccoli, 1/2 c rice.
Mid-Afternoon meal, 3 hrs later - Chocolate berry shake (blend 8 -10oz raspberry flavored seltzer, ice cubes and 1 1/2 scoops shocolate whey protein powder)
Dinner, 3 hrs later - 6 oz grilled chicken wih spices, 1 c green beans, lettuce, tomato and cuke salad with 1 T olive oil and 1 T vinegar.
Dessert - 1 c sugar free gelatin and 1 T Reddi whip.
Tuesday and Friday:
Swap the lunch in the menu above for a lettuce wrap (3 oz Turkey with 1 slice cheese wrappedin Romaine lettuce.
Wednesday and Saturaday:
Swap the mid-afternoon shake in the menu above for a 6" roast beef and swiss sub on wheat bread and a small bag of chips. For dinner, enjoy 2 slices of pepperoni pizza.

Sample Week 3:
Monday, Tuesday and Friday (Carb down days):
Eat one serving of starchy carbs at one meal of your choice before 3pm. Have no carbs except low-carb veggies the rest of the day.
Thursday and Sunday (Baseline days):
Eat one serving of starchy carbs at breakfast and lunch. No carbs except low carb veggies the rest of the day.
Wednesday and Saturday (Carb up days):
Eat one serving of starchy carbs before 3pm and 2 servings after 3pm. Can include an 8oz serving of alcohol, fruit, pizza or pasta.

Lose 12 lbs in 7 days! The Lunchbox Diet

Breakfast (chose one daily):
1 slice ham, 1 scrambled egg, 1 slice low-fat cheese, 1/2 whole grain bagel, 2/3c mixed fresh fruit. OR
1 packet flavored oatmeal, 2 T raisins, 1 t walnuts, 1c fat-free milk. OR
6" whole wheat tortilla, 2 tsp peanut butter, 1 sliced banana, 1 c lite yogurt.

Lunchboxes(chose one daily):
2c Romaine lettuce, 1c cuke slices, 20 baby carrots, 5 cherry tomatoes, 1 sliced bell pepper, 1/2c chickpeas, 4 oz lean beef, 1 oz reduced fat feta cheese, 3T fat free dressing. OR
2c spinach, 1c broccoli, 1 siced zucchini, 10 raw mushrooms, 4 green onions, 2 hard boiled eggs, 3 oz deli ham, 1 stick lite string cheese, 10 almonds, 3T fat-free dressing. OR
2c mixed greens, 1 c grape tomatoes, 1 c cauliflower, 5 oz chicken breast, 1 oz slice of low-fat cheddar cheese, 1 small serving fruit, 3T fat-free dressing.
NOTE: Your lunchbox should contain 4 -5 c starchy veggies, 5 oz protein (lean beef, poultry, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, beans) and 100 - 150 calories of seeds, cheese, nuts, olives, dressing)
Dinner (choose one daily):
10 cooked shrimp, 2/3c whole wheat pasta, 1/2c marinara sauce, 1c mixed greens, 2T low-fat cheese, 1T low fat fdressing, 1c green beans, 1tsp olive oil. OR
3 oz lean beef or pork, 2T cranberry sauce, 1/2c mashed potatoes, 2T low-fat cheese, 1c veggies, 2 tsp lemon jiuce, 1 tsp margarine. OR
3 oz chicken stir fried with 1 1/2c veggies in 1 tsp olive oil, 1/2 c brown rice, 1/2 peach, 1/3c fat free cottage cheese.

Fat melting lunchbox superfoods: 1. tuna, 2.eggs, 3. pork tenderloin, 4. low fat cheese, 5. beans, 6. nuts, 7. Spinach, 8. Tomatoes

Lose 10 pounds in 3 days - Reach your happy weight
Day 1 - Drink a protein shake (1scoop whey powder, soy powder or egg white powder with 8 oz of water) every 2 hours throught the day. Then, enjoy a 6c raw veggie salad with 6 oz lean protein (chicken, turkey, beef, or fish), 1/2 avocado or 2T olive oil, and the juice of a 1/2 lemon or lime.
Day 2 & 3 - Every hour from the time you get up in the morning, eat one serving of fresh seasonal fruit that is low on the energy density scale. Every 2 hours, enjoy a protein shake (above) and a 6c raw veggie salad with 6 oz lean protein (chicken, turkey, beef, or fish), 1/2 avocado or 2T olive oil, and the juice of a 1/2 lemon or lime.
Follow-up the 3-day plan by eating as much raw fruit as you wish at breakfst and lunch and have fruit for snacks. For dinner have 3 - 5oz lean protein iwth a large raw veggie salad and unlimited berries.
One day each week, indulge in a "cheat hour" when you eat anything you like to!
Low Energy density fruit from least to most: Strawberry, Raspberry, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Papaya, Peaches, Tangerines, Apricots, Pineapple, Oranges, Plums, Blueberry, Apples.

Of course, then there's always the magic pills! Like ThermoSlim that claims you can eat what you want, don't exercise, and still lose weight. I like that! LOL If anyone has really tried this and has real proof it worked, please let us all know!

Well, that's it for the diets I hung on to. Maybe I'll try the 2nd one out, it looks the easiest!

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