It's all my fault, you see. A little over a week ago, I was stubbornly trying to not come home so I diverted Tim's attention to the nearby Borders Bookstore to just wander around and look at stuff. And then he found The Book. He showed me it and asked if I wanted to try it and I foolishly agreed.
So, as it stands, a week later, I've lost a total of 5.8 pounds. Thats pretty close to a pound a day (we took Sunday off and binged at 5 different restaurants). For the first time in a year I'm below the 230 lb mark on the scale.
Everyone's first reaction is "oh no. a fad diet. that can't be healthy. you're losing weight too fast." Seriously, I've got that from people who I respect, people who I barely know, and even people who're supposed to know the difference. I'd be willing to bet that even you are thinking that right this second.
I guess because it's from a best selling book at the bookstore, it could be considered a fad diet, but brushing it off with a dismissive remark will cause you to ignore the sound advice it contains.
My trainer at the gym says I should be eating lots of small meals all day instead of two or three big ones. That's what the book says.
The USDA recommends:
- Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;
- Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and
- Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
The book is making me do all of these things, with only one exception: no milk.
So as I sit here, eating the second cup of fresh blueberries that I've eaten in the past 25 years (the first was last week during the first week of the diet) it occurs to me that maybe it's just the way people are these days. Maybe we're just all skeptical and ready for the media to lie to us.
So for all the skeptics out there let me say: the book is a good diet. I need to lose weight. I think the reason this book works better than other diets is because it says "follow these steps" and then proceeds to list exactly what I'm supposed to be doing so I don't have to think about it.
Compare the USDA Dietary Guidelines:
- Make smart choices from every food group.
- Find balance between food and physical activity.
- Get the most nutrition out of calories.
- Stay within daily calorie needs.
The book, on the other hand, says "Monday breakfast. eat these things. Monday mid morning snack. eat these other things. etc." Sometimes when I'm a little unclear on a subject, it's good to have exact instructions instead of just guidelines.
18 oz of fish and chicken a day – spread out over 6 different meals – 6 to 8 cups of green vegetables, a couple of potatoes or yams, grapefruits, blueberries, very low (or none when possible) salt, I don't see any red flags in any of it.
It's a pain having to make daily trips to the grocery store, but I'm not ever hungry. Having grocery bills is a new thing for me. Not eating out with all my friends is the toughest part, but we can all find other things to do together.
I think it'll be good for me to lose 30 pounds.