I actually went through all of these books and read two of them cover to cover. A few people commented on my last post about The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno. My library didn't have it in stock so I had to order it. I can't wait to check it out.
I truly believe calorie counting is the way to go. I have never ever counted calories. It terrifies me. Seems so scary. But with MyFitnessPal it is worth a try. That website is the best. I decided to do the Curves Eating Plan. This is the low down:
- 3 phases: 1 Week=1200 calories, 3 Weeks=1500 calories, 2 Weeks=2000 calories (The idea is to diet for a month and maintain for 2 weeks. Keeps your metabolism up and teaches you how to maintain.)
- Pick either High Carb or High Protein. (I decided to start off with the high carb. This means 137 g of carbs and 91 grams of protein each day.)
- Exercise at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. (My workout schedule is 45 minutes of cardio 3 times a week and 45 minutes of weights 2 times a week.)
- Breakfast: 200 cal
- 2 Snacks: 100 cal each
- Lunch/Dinner: 400 cal each
I made a bunch of steel cut oats with blueberries for breakfast.
Don't they look adorable in these mason jars?? I got the idea from this "Refrigerator Oatmeal" recipe which I will post all about later.
I tried to make my lunch super yummy and veggie packed.
One of my snacks is a smoothie with plain unsweetened kefir and mango. I put the kefir and mango in the little canister and brought it to work like that. I'm leaving the blender base in the break room for super easy convenient snacks!
I need to find something that I can stick to long term. And I need to learn how to maintain. I really hope I found something here!! Cheer me on :-)
Just a quick hair photo... made up this weird bun. With the summer heat I need my hair off my face!