I’m really trying to focus in on my weight loss goals right now. The holidays are over for the most part and its a good time for me to get really serious about eating healthy. I’ve decided to use a low-carb diet to jump start my weight loss.
Option 1: South Beach
About two years ago my best friend and I did the south beach diet for two weeks and I lost 14 lbs and kept it off a year. I didn’t start gaining weight again until I moved in with my hubs last December. I love bread and pasta. I always over do it with the carbs. I know that it will be difficult for me to avoid staying away from carbs forever, but I don’t want a forever plan. I want a “jump start” to get me going in the right direction and help motivate me. Doing this diet again would be mean no starches, no sugars, and no fruit! Ek! I also love fruit….but when I really think about it….I could go without for a few weeks. I’ve been trying to avoid sugars. I added sweet n’ low to a plain latte and found that I actually liked it. I also bought no sugar added ice cream and it tastes just like the regular stuff to me. I think this is totally do able!
Option 2: Paleo style
My friend’s mom has been doing this “caveman” diet for a while now and she is really successful. Sounded easy enough…you only eat whole non processed food that a caveman would have access to. Meat, veggies, fruit, nuts….healthy stuff. Still no starchy carbs like bread or pasta, but some followers of this diet believe its ok to have potatoes. Dairy is also not allowed. Now I don’t drink milk or really enjoy yogurt that much….but I can’t resist a latte. You wouldn’t be able to either if you worked at an espresso stand or two!
Option 3: Atkins
I’ve never tried this diet but it sounds like a lot of work to me! I don’t want to count my carbs ever. I do like the idea of find your individual carb needs but the trouble is 1 carb leads to too many for me. I think one is out! of the running. Sorry Dr. Atkins.
What Should I Pick?
For the last two days, I’ve been doing a combo of south beach and paleo. I’ve been avoiding added sugar and carbs, but I’ve had both fruit and dairy. Maybe a combo is the best one for me…I could limit both fruit and dairy products. I just wonder if it would be as effective that way? Sounds worth a try to me.
I’ve also been trying to cut out diet soda! I’ve been soda free since Sunday! I can do this!