I’ve attempted doing the South Beach Diet before. Twice, even. I’ve managed to do Phase One, which lasts two weeks, twice.
Phase Two is what gets me. That’s when you reintroduce carbs from sources like rice, pasta, fruit, etc, slowly back into your diet. I go a little nuts, apparently. (Speaking of nuts… I’d better buy some over the weekend so I’ve got something to snack on.)
But I know that South Beach works for me.
I mentioned at the end of June that I was actually going to try out the 2015 Weight Watchers plan – and I might still do that. They’ve got a low carb option, so maybe once I’m onto Phase Two, I can look at following the WW Low Carb Points Plus option, instead of South Beach Phase two. It’s an option.
Mostly… Mostly, I’m just sick of thinking, “Why isn’t so-and-so working for me?” I mean, I’m not eating junk. I’ve had three takeaways in two months – and that’s excessive. Since the start of the year, I think we’ve had five or six, including the three I just mentioned. Mum’s stopped buying in cakes and biscuits, since she had the scare about her gallbladder (it’s not gallstones, it’s not cancer, it’s not an ulcer; she had an endoscopy on Monday, and she had an ultrasound about a month before that. They have no clue what it is, same as they have no clue what caused my not-a-heart-attack.) We eat home-cooked meals. I eat basically the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch, so I know how many calories and macronutrients are in my breakfast and lunch every day.
And yet, I’m not losing weight. In fact, in the week that I bought the pizzas (yes, plural) from Dominos or Pizza Hut, I gained 3lbs. I didn’t eat the pizzas as well as my usual food. I ate it instead of my usual food… and I understand that there’s a marked difference between a healthy, home-cooked meal and a couple of slices of a large pizza, but it’s still not enough to gain 3lbs in a week.
(To wit: to gain 3lbs in a week, I’d have needed to have eaten an excess of 10,500kcal, over and above my BMR and daily caloric expenditure. Given that my BMR has been calculated at about 2,300kcal and I live a very sedentary life right now, I just use my BMR as my daily calorie allowance, and eat as close to that as possible.)
Basically, it’s all driving me nuts. So I’m going to do something that I know has worked for me in the past, and hopefully, it’ll work again. The only thing I really, really dislike about Phase One is, of course, the absolute ban on fruit in the first two weeks, because it’s cherry season right now, and picota cherries are available and I am more than happy to use 125kcal on a little tub of them all to myself while I game or watch a movie.
I have to decide to start doing the South Beach Diet again, right in the middle of summer.
Way to go, self. You’re an idiot. *grin*