Part 4! I can't believe it has been 4 weeks since I started prepping for this diet. I am closing in on my second weigh in and I am still feeling really good. I am really confident that this is the right diet for me. I love the structure, I need it to stay on track. I love how easy it is, this really helps when you are busy. I was a little nervous of how it would work out when I was back to the day to day grind after vacation, but it has flowed just as easily! You will have to come back tomorrow to find out just what the scale says after two weeks. I got on yesterday and I think I will be pretty happy come Friday!
Now that you have read how awesome the diet is, maybe you want to start it for yourself?? There are a few different options to choose from....
A little unsure of the diet, unsure about giving up some of your favorite foods? Not ready to be "all in?" But, you are contemplating giving it a shot? You could start with the EASY CYCLE.
With this plan you will alternate Low and High carb meals as I am doing, but rather than one day as a reward day you will have one meal as a reward meal on your high carb days. So ever other day during the week, plus Friday and Saturday (varies depending on your week start, mine is Sunday instead of Monday), you are able to have a cheat meal. So if you know you always go out to lunch on Wednesday and you still want to be able to order what you want, this plan would still work for you. Do you make a big pancake breakfast for the family on Saturday morning? You still can!
I am doing the CLASSIC CYCLE. Just a simple every other day Low/High carb with a whole day reward on Saturday. On Saturday, I can eat whatever I want all day long. Surprisingly, after doing the diet all week, I didn't really crave anything so I didn't eat that bad on my reward day! Bonus!
The next plan, I am seriously considering switching to. This is the TURBO CYCLE and this is supposed to be the fastest track to weight loss out of all the cycles. Now that I have been doing the plan for two weeks, I have come to realize that it isn't the carbs I am missing, it is the fat. I miss peanut butter and I miss cheese a lot. On my low carb days, I get to eat them. I get to have yummy cheese in my omelet. I put peanut butter in my protein shake and I get to have a little salad dressing or olive oil on my salads. This is the stuff I miss on my carb days. So, I think the transition to this cycle would be very easy for me since I get two low carbs days before a high carb day. So I will eat high carb only twice during the week and I still get the one whole day reward. I think I would actually look forward to it??!! So, I am giving the classic cycle one last week and then I will switch, if I am still having the same feelings!
The final cycle, I don't know a whole lot about. It is called the FIT CYCLE. Since I am not exactly what you would call fit, and because I believe this cycle is for maintenance and that is clearly, not where I am at, I didn't bother to read about it, but I did make the handy little chart for you all though! If you want to read more about this cycle or any of the other cycles you can find it in the book Choose More, Lose More for Life by Chris Powell or visit his website here.
I also promised to start sharing some of the recipes that I am loving, so today I am sharing one that I really loved from the first week!
BUFFALO GARLIC TURKEY BURGERS
from Chris Powell's Choose More Lose More for Life
16 ounces raw - Ground turkey
2 spritzes - Olive Oil (I used cooking spray)
2 tsp. - Minced garlic
1/2 tsp. - Cayenne pepper
1 tsp. - Hot sauce
(The hot sauce says optional, but I don't consider hot sauce ever optional! I love it and put it in!)
1. Place the ground turkey in a bowl and sprinkle it with the cayenne pepper and garlic. Add hot sauce if desired. Knead, mixing turkey and seasoning. Form into patties.
2. Heat oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat (I made mine on the George Forman Grill). Add patties and cook on each side until done to your taste.
3. Place turkey patties on a plate and serve immediately with your favorite side or store in the fridge or freezer until you're ready to reheat and enjoy!
When I made them, we had them for our low carb days, lunches and we ate carrot and celery sticks with a little ranch as our side. They were really good! I think next time I would even add a little more of the seasonings for a little stronger taste and maybe a dash of hot sauce on top after I cook it! I made enough for the week and kept them in Tupperware in the fridge. Super simple!
Well, that's it for today! Can't wait to update you all tomorrow with the scale and I might even try on the jeans! I really do need a before picture! We'll see!
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Disclaimer: I am not a dietician or trainer. I am getting all of my information from either Choose to Lose or Choose More, Lose More for Life by Chris Powell. I am using this information for my personal use and sharing my knowledge only from what I have read or from my personal story.