Hi, I need help figuring out which plan is right for me. Before I worked in this profession – before I had my (now 4 year old twins) - before I had a 1.5 -2 hour commute each way to work, I used to eat healthy and work out. What worked for me before becoming a mom – for very gradual weight loss, even on induction… was South Beach with LOTS of exercise– but I have absolutely NO, and I mean NO time to prepare meals or exercise.
I now have a very stressful, last minute crazy hours job. There usually is no time to exercise (or even take a bathroom break at work, seriously, no lunch breaks often) during the day, due to work, and my long commute. And honestly, even if I have any free time during the day, I would rather spend half an hour with my kids before they go to bed then hit the Gym and not see them at all during the week. I have no time to cook. I often have weekends free, but not usually – and by “free” I mean trying to spend some time with my kids while cleaning up a weeks worth of mess in the house and laundry.
So basically – my weight has crept up 40 pounds from my usual weight (50 pounds from goal weight) and I have no time, energy, or $ to spare.
Atkins did not work for me – I did not lose a single pound, even after 6 weeks on induction.
I am looking for suggestions of diets to try, that do not require: Any $, exercise, much (barely ANY, I mean not more than 5 minutes top) food preparation, time, or trying to figure out mathematical equations entering nutrients into a calculator. Preferably a plan that is low in processed carbs and high in protein, and does not require strict calorie counting (I am not completely opposed to calorie counting, but I CANNOT live off of less than 1200 calories a day!), and allows caffeine.
I often get ravenous from stress (which comes with the territory with my job) and whatever I chose I need to find lots of low-calorie, non-perishable food to stash for emergency snacks.
I have considered joining weight watchers, but cannot afford any $.;… AT ALL, and the calculators scare me.
I need high protein / lower carb options as I am also hypoglycemic.
So I am here, asking for what worked for you, and suggestions. Please, any suggestions at all would be very welcome!