I’m in my first week of my new “Ideal Protein” diet. I’m feeling really energetic! I know I’ve lost several pounds so far and am anxious to see what my first week’s official loss will be. It’s absolutely amazing how different I feel when I get the excess carbs out of my system. Last weekend (higher carb) I slept late, felt groggy and had little energy. This weekend I woke up early and didn’t feel sleepy or tired all day! The doctor who presented the Ideal Protein plan to me summed it up in a way that was so simple and easy to understand:
We have three “gas tanks” our bodies can get fuel from. The first is carbs & sugar. Our bodies always take it’s fuel from there first. So as long as we are eating grains, fruits, bread and pasta that will be what our bodies run off of – even when we’re working out. The second gas tank our body will go to if there aren’t any carbs and sugars in the body is protein & muscle. This of course is bad, as we need to hang onto our precious muscle! But if we’re getting enough protein from the right sources then the body will get all of it’s energy from the third gas tank, the fat. Makes sense, doesn’t it? If we are getting relatively low carbs, almost exclusively from non starchy veggies and enough protein (the exact values are different for each person) then we’ll run off of our stored fat. When you begin running off of your body’s fat you start to feel like a new person!
- More energy
- Require less sleep
- Scale moves down quickly
- Inches lost
- Ability to think more clearly
These are all of my own personal observations but the effects seem to be standard.
I go back to the doctor to weigh in and find out how my body fat % has changed this week. Very excited to see!
With the new year, I’ve changed things around yet again. Instead of counting calories, which works while I’m doing it, but just can’t seem to stick to for more than a week at a time, I am starting a formal weight loss program. My chiropractor lost over 50lbs doing the Ideal Protein plan. It was devised over twenty years ago in France for the athletes there who needed to lose fat but retain all of their muscle mass. It’s been around in Canada for ten years and has come to the US more recently. It does have prepackaged foods which I usually avoid like the plague, but these are made using higher standards than the “other” ones we’re used to hearing about in every other t.v. commercial. It uses the same low carb principal I used to lose over 160lbs but with added convenience and portability.
I will go to my chiropractor’s office each week in the beginning and go over my food diary, get weighed and scanned for body fat percentage. At this point I want to lose 10% body fat. During my initial visit last week, I was at 28% body fat. I was at 25% six weeks earlier but had some unfortunate fruit, oatmeal and honey binges. C’est la vie. I don’t know what that translates into with the number of pounds I need to lose as I also need to build muscle. I wasn’t careful during my big weight loss about getting enough protein in each day and so I lost a lot of muscle mass along with the fat. Now I have to turn that around.
I vow to work out six days a week – 30 minutes cardio and 30 minutes toning/muscle building with my new wonderful, magical Tracy Anderson videos. I’ll also do at least a couple of hours of indoor rock climbing per week and of course my ballroom dance lessons. That coupled with my perfected eating plan should get me to my goal by Spring! I have my heart set on wearing some of the new gorgeous spring dresses with wedge sandals – super cute!!!
I have never counted calories – ever. I can’t think of anything more tedious because 99% of my food is not processed so there’s no handy listing of nutritional info on a box. I haven’t weighed and measured my food since attending Weight Watchers in the 80’s. That’s why this experiment will be so painful for me, well one of the reasons. But I am willing to take one for the team and devise a pescatarian, low carb, sugar free, gluten free, 1200 calorie a day menu.
I have thirty pounds more to lose and I need to shake things up to get the scale moving again. I’d LOVE to reach my goal by mid-summer. I’ll follow said menu for a week while sticking to my current 2x per day/6 day per week workout schedule to see what effect there is on my weight loss efforts. I’ll decide after the week is completed if I want to continue or revise. Time to head to the kitchen to start calculating!