Saturday, April 25, 2009
My Diet - The Beginning
Having a slow metabolism can be a problem as you get older. I find that I do not use all the energy that I take in when I eat the same meals that I did when I was younger. The result is that I gradually increase in weight through the year and then come summer I look like a pregnant woman when I put on my swimmers.
A couple of years ago i went on a diet from one of those chemist weight loss plans. It was very successful but cost me a small fortune. My actual food bill was much higher than eating my normal large meals.
I decided to go on a diet again recently and was going to try the cheaper meals from the supermarket. I went shopping to buy the packets of food and returned home having completely forgotten to go to that section of the shop.
I was disappointed with myself for having done this, wanting to start the diet that day. I sat down to think about when I would return to the shop to get the meals. While sitting and thinking I remembered that I had several flour types in the cupboard along with my usual breakfast add-ons and decided to try mixing up my own meal using these ingredients.
I just used one tablespoon of each of the flours then added some chocolate drink mix and finally some milk powder. I added this to some water and stirred it up. When I tasted my concoction I was pleasantly surprised.
I decided to make up a larger batch and try it for the next week using the measurements for mixing a diet meal from the one I had purchased from the chemist; 1/3 of a cup of diet food to 200ml of water. After one week of having this diet food twice each day I had lost 1kg and that was without any serious exercise at all.
So here is the recipe for my diet:
First you get a bag of wheat germ and add one bag of LSA [Linseed Sunflower and Almond] mix (both from your supermarket health food section). You need to blend the LSA into the wheat germ in a container so that you will always get an even amount when making up your meals.
You need a bag of rice flour and a bag of maize flour. I got these from an Indian food outlet but you may get them from somewhere else depending on your supermarkets.
You also need a container of some sort of milk additive food flavour. Kids milk flavour or drinking chocolate will do. I have made up one batch using half drinking chocolate and half instant coffee. You could use anything you like as long as it will dissolve in cold water.
And you need a bag of skim milk powder. Make sure the milk powder mixes easily in cold water. Most of them do but some do not.
Now to the measurements for a batch of the meal mix:
2/3 cup of rice flour
2/3 cup of maize flour
2/3 cup of wheat germ and LSA
2/3 cup of your chosen flavouring
2 cups of skim milk powder
Place these dry ingredients in a large container and mix well with a wooden spoon or cooking fork.
Using the diet food:
For your meal you take 1/3 cup of your meal mix and add it to your chosen amount of water. You can use anywhere between 200ml and 600ml of water depending on your hunger level. You must continue to stir the meal as you drink because the wheat germ tends to settle out and you don't want a large amount in your mouth at one time. The taste is not unpleasant but it tends to be uncomfortable in your mouth. Its a bit like eating sesame seeds off of a spoon.
If you use these meals for two of your meals each day and eat a normal meal for your third you will loose weight quite fast. If you add a bit of exercise you will loose it even faster. It is important that you have one meal a day that matches your current normal diet so that you do not let your stomach shrink too much. You MUST maintain your ability to eat normally. You can limit your diet meal to one per day when you have reached your goal. This will help you maintain your loss. Once you have made your goal, you only need to use the diet meals if your weight goes up more than 2kg.
It is important that you do any weighing of yourself first thing in the morning after you have been to the bathroom. Do not repeat the weighing later in the day. It is normal and required that your weight be higher at the end of the day than in the morning for normal body functions. It is normal for your weight to be around 1kg higher at the end of the day than it was in the morning. Also it is important to realize that water, an essential part of life is very heavy. We must drink around 1ltr per day to allow our body to operate properly. If we get dehydrated we will get sick. Water is required to flush out the waste products from our body every day. For most people, water is not part of our weight problem. So weighing ourselves once a day is healthy and will not cause us to panic when we drink a bit of water in the heat of the day.
It is perfectly ok to take a day off from the diet once a week and even to "Pig out" on that day. You will still gradually loose weight over a couple of months even with such days off. That is how I have been doing my diet. It has taken me about 3 months to go from 92kg to 84kg. I have only had a small amount of exercise each week during this time.
How to succeed at dieting:
I know many people want to loose weight but fail. There are many reasons, most of them are in their own minds. It is hard to think of diet when everyone around you is eating junk food and drinking loads of alcohol. You need to have a definite reason to want to diet and also set a goal that is reachable. It is better to plan to loose 5kg and succeed than to plan to loose 20kg and fail. You can set your goal for another 5kg when you have completed your first journey.
So tell all your friends and family that you need to go on a diet. Tell them your goal and tell them about your progress. You will get support to win if you share with people who care. You are sure to find someone else who has succeeded and you might inspire others to join you. Treat this as an adventure, not a prison term. You are increasing your quality of life, not missing out on some poorly planned "eat fest".
Remember that with this diet you do not have to outlay loads of money buying food that you can only use as diet food. The ingredients I have listed here can be used in many ways in all sorts of recipes. When you have reached your goal and you cut down on the number of diet meals you can add the ingredients to your other cooking and use them up while they are still fresh.