Posted on | December 27, 2008 | 27 Comments |
After two weeks in phase 1, I have moved on to the more liberal version of the diet known as phase 2. In this phase, fruits and other healthy carbs like brown rice, whole grain bread and sweet potatoes can be reintroduced into the diet. And more importantly for me, phase 2 allows wine consumption.
Surprisingly I was not really craving carbs after two weeks of almost no carbs. I got so used to phase 1, I could go on it for another two weeks easily, but I am not sure if there might be any side effects of skipping carbs for that long. So I went and bought steel cut oatmeal, whole grain bread, brown rice and some fruits in preparation for the first week in phase 2. Being able to consume fruits is a big plus, as it make an instant snack at home and even on the go, you can find fruits practically anywhere.
Breakfast was one of the challenges in Phase 1. Eggs were my only option in phase 1, and I was really getting bored with the routine. Even though I have never liked oatmeal, I was looking forward to this non-egg option for breakfast allowed in Phase 2. But Oatmeal really let me down! Have you ever had oatmeal without sugar? Even though I added strawberries and walnuts it was still pretty disgusting. I don’t like any of the artificial sweeteners that are allowed in SBD, so my oatmeal breakfast lasted just one day. After that I switched to cantaloupe with fat free cottage cheese for breakfast, it tastes yummy and makes a quick meal, but it doesn’t keep me full for long. So back to eggs for me, until I did some research online and came across the best South Beach Diet resource out there – Kalyn’s Kitchen. I have been a visitor on Kalyn’s blog for a while, but I never really noticed the emphasis on South Beach Diet before, as her recipes all look so delicious, not at all diet-food like. Anyway, Kalyn is an amazing South Beach success story, and she has featured Agave Nectar as a South Beach friendly natural sweetener due to its low Glycemic index. I’ve been using Agave nectar for a while, but never really connected the dots with SBD, but thanks to Kalyn now I know. Oatmeal doesn’t taste all that bad with a little bit of Agave nectar drizzled over, thanks Kalyn!
As far as other meals are concerned, I prepared long grain brown rice for lunch. I like brown rice in salads, but not that much with curries. Frankly, I’d rather have a salad and protein and skip the rice altogether, which is what I’ve been doing after that one meal with brown rice. I also have an occasional slice of whole wheat bread, but other than that I am pretty much doing phase 1 + fruits + wine in this phase.
A Phase 2 meal – Curried Trout with brown rice and cucumber-cherry tomato salad.
- Fish Curry – It is the same recipe as this one, with the addition of green bell peppers.
- Salad – Sliced mini cucumbers and cherry tomatoes in a fat free yogurt + dill + salt and pepper dressing.
Weight loss has really really slowed down, I lost just 1lb this week. I guess that is the more natural and healthier way to lose weight, but that first week really spoiled me rotten. I have readjusted my expectations now, and as long as the weight keeps going down and not up I feel happy. Also, even though the scale is not showing it, my clothes fit much better now. And the claim on the cover of the book – “Lose Belly Fat First” is absolutely true.
Phase 2 – End of Week 1 stats
|Target Weight Loss||17.5lb|
|Days on Diet||19|
|lbs lost so far||8|
|lbs to go||9.5|
More like this
If I had to pick my favorite meal of the day, I'd pick brunch without giving it a second thought. It[...]
In my last post I ranted about folks who don't respond to my oh-so-very-helpful e-mails. But to be [...]
This is my last SBD weekly update post, till I get to my target weight. SBD has become a way of life[...]
Before I get into my weekend SBD update, let me just share that this this is my 300th post! I've bee[...]