Social Media is not doing much for my figure. I’m far from obese, but I’m currently unhappy with my weight, as I’m about a stone over my target weight. Don’t hate me, I don’t eat chocolate, crisps or cakes and for the most part we eat fairly well as a family but my biggest downfall is wine!
I don’t have the patience for things like Weight Watchers or Slimming World where you lose a pound a week, so every once in a while, to shed a few pounds, I embark on my own version of a low-carb diet. The biggest challenge I have is thinking of things to cook as our normal menu is heavily based on potatoes and rice.
I have mastered faux mash, which is basically steamed cauliflower mashed with butter salt and pepper but tonight I used Linda’s Faux Rice Recipe, which is incredibly easy and with a pleasing result! It didn’t taste like rice but it was surprisingly nice!
So, I was able to enjoy my slow cooker lamb curry as usual tonight! I also plan to chuck a bit of exercise into the mix as well.
I started a diet a while back and was a bit reluctant to share which one until I worked out if it was a fad or not. I’m still undecided. It was going great guns and I lost 7lbs in 10 days but then I had a weekend away with friends and all hell broke loose around here so in honesty I’ve gained 5 back. So, not that impressive really.
I’m no stranger to low carb diets and am aware of the pitfalls (bad breath, loss of muscle tone, insufficient nutrients, etc) but I don’t have a huge amount to lose (10lbs), I was limited on time and I’m impatient so I thought I would give it a go. I’m not sure if I would recommend the diet to people who have a lot to lose. I’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s for you.
So, what is the diet I hear you ask? It’s the Dukan diet. Basically, it has 4 stages. You can work out how long you are in each stage here. Here is a brief summary of each.
1) The Attack Phase
A quick blast where you only eat protein for 2-10 days where you eat only meat, fish, poultry, eggs, non-fat dairy products and loads of water.
2) The Cruise Phase
You can now have vegetables but alternate between, pure protein days and protein + vegetables.
3) The Consolidation Phase (I didn’t make it this far!)
The time to stabilize the weight loss and you can gradually add in fruit, bread, cheese and can have two celebration meals a week.
4) The Stabilization Phase
For the rest of your life, Thursdays (or another day you choose) will be a pure protein day.
I’m off on holiday next Friday so going to give it another quick blast. Probably a bit pointless as I will be eating and drinking myself silly!
I’ll keep you posted.