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VarsityQuidditch
02-19-2010, 10:57 AM
I am really thinking of starting the belly fat cure. Low carb has worked for me in the past, but I always had an issue with eating NO carbs on atkins, and it seemed that I wasn't eating healthily on it. (i know all of the atkins fans will jump on me for saying that, but I'm not saying that Atkins isn't healthy, I'm saying the way I ate in order to stay low carb on atkins wasn't healthy.)

This low carb diet seems more managable, because I can eat good carbs like some lower sugar fruits for some carbs, and veggies and such.

I guess my question is this: can anyone who is on this diet give me a few main pointers, and an overview of how your experience is going on it?

For example: what are your food staples? do you also exercise, and if so, what do you do for exercise? how much weight have you lost on average per week, and what things did you do right on the weeks where you lost the most? Any other tid bits would be fantastic, as well.


VarsityQuidditch
02-20-2010, 10:15 AM
What happened?! The other BFC post was hopping!

Leenie
02-20-2010, 08:44 PM
What happened?! The other BFC post was hopping!


It still is .. http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/other-reduced-carb-diets/189591-belly-fat-cure-11.html


VarsityQuidditch
02-20-2010, 09:49 PM
I know, but I meant that how come no one was answering my question but plenty of people doing BFC were still around...should I post it on the end of that one? Maybe that's what I'll do.

SistaDiva2001
02-22-2010, 10:06 AM
I am really thinking of starting the belly fat cure. Low carb has worked for me in the past, but I always had an issue with eating NO carbs on atkins, and it seemed that I wasn't eating healthily on it. (i know all of the atkins fans will jump on me for saying that, but I'm not saying that Atkins isn't healthy, I'm saying the way I ate in order to stay low carb on atkins wasn't healthy.)

This low carb diet seems more managable, because I can eat good carbs like some lower sugar fruits for some carbs, and veggies and such.

I guess my question is this: can anyone who is on this diet give me a few main pointers, and an overview of how your experience is going on it?

For example: what are your food staples? do you also exercise, and if so, what do you do for exercise? how much weight have you lost on average per week, and what things did you do right on the weeks where you lost the most? Any other tid bits would be fantastic, as well.

Hi VQ,

I have been doing the BFC and I am starting my 7th week. I am down 27.5 pounds. My goal was to lose 75 pounds and I have 47.5 more to go. My body type is an "hour glass" and I have been typed as somewhere between an Endo-Morph and Mesamorph:

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By: Paul Becker

What Is Your Body Type?

Your score is 1.67.

Your body is between an EndoMorph and a Mesomorph. Choose a middle approach between the follow recommendations.

Endomorph: An Endomorph's biggest concern should be the losing of fat and adopting a lifestyle that keeps it off. Strength training should be done to get a better muscle to fat ratio and therefore improve metabolism. Use moderate weights at a fast training pace (very little rest between sets and exercises). You should lower your calorie intake (but not try to starve yourself) and should eat frequent but small meals. Sugars, sweets and junk food should be eliminated from your diet. Engage daily in some activity like brisk walking, biking, etc., and try to increase the amount of time you spend each week.

Mesomorph: Mesomorphs have a naturally fit body but to maintain it or improve it you should exercise and diet correctly for your type. Strength training can be done more often and for longer sessions then would be good for an Ectomorph, but you must still be carefull not to overdo it. You should train with moderate to heavy weighs and at a moderate pace, not resting too long between sets. You will find you gain muscle quite easy (some women and even men might not want to get too bulky, but this won't happen suddenly. When you are happy with your muscle size simply train to maintain it). Stick to a good healthy diet to keep you lean and muscular, and watch for any slow creeping fat gains. Engage in and enjoy aerobic activities, sports, etc. but do not overdo.

So, no matter what diet plan I do, I always include exercise. That being said, I have exercised since "Day 1" of doing the Belly Fat Cure. I cross train and then do aerobics every other day. I average about 30 to 40 minutes a day and an hour on the weekends broken up into two sessions, morning and evening. When I started the program, I could only do 10 minutes of Gilad and now I am up to an hour of Jari Love Ripped, 40 minutes of Hip Hop Abs Cardio and now I am getting into Patrick Goudeau and I am upping the weights. I expect my weightloss will begin to slow as I am into muscle building beginning today. The improvements to my body at this point have been nothing short of phenomenal! Now, that I have more a blue print for training with this revelation that my body type if somewhere between Endo-Meso, I am looking forward to shaking up my workout.

THE DIET/BFC:

I keep my diet simple with BFC. I make sure I have plenty of protein in the house. Be it lean, organic beef or buffalo, chicken, pork or organic cold cuts. I eat only organic meat for health reasons. I eat cheese and eggs as well. My replacement for "cow's milk" has been Almond milk mixed with heavy cream. I love the Almond Breeze brand. I use the "Carb Style" bread by Pepperidge farms when I want "bread" and I use wraps more than bread. There are many good store brands out there. All you have to do is read the package for nutritional information. I use lots of store brand convenience products that my whole family can enjoy. I just "portion" out my serving of whatever product with sugar and carbs in mind. I bought some "Carb Quick" as a replacement for Bisquick. I have not used it yet. Truvia is my holy grail and I make lemonade, limeade and ice tea all the time. For sweets, I love Joseph's Oatmeal cookies. They are really good and very crispy crunchy. I did not eat fast food before the diet, but when I go out to eat, I usually go for grilled and roasted meats, french fries (count out a portion that looks similar to what I eat at home)/baked potato and green salad. I usually opt for Blue Cheese, but if it tastes "sweet"..then I use it sparingly. I CRAVE WATER! Seriously, I cannot get enough of it. I stopped craving pasta years ago and I have not had rice in a long time either. So, my "high starch" choice is usually some form of potato. I have healthy pasta in the cupboards, but when I ask my family "Chili or Spaghetti"; they always opt for Chili. You can buy low carb tomato sauce and if you cannot find it, just get the Ragu No Sugar added and portion a serving correctly.

The BFC is truly a LIFESTYLE. The book offers so many options that you can do it with practically anything in your fridge. The main thing is getting rid of foods that have too much sugar and carbs..I am NEVER hungry and it is truly an effort to eat sometimes and I have to watch myself with that one. This weekend I just had not desire to eat which is BAD! But, I am making more of an effort this week. I have so much energy without all the sugar and carbs, that I have great control over portions and meals. This diet will over time really give you control IF you do it the way it is written. I see so many people trying to subtract and do it from a "net carbs" perspective and then they get mad because they are not losing weight.. Do, the diet as written and you should have success.

Hope this helps!

VarsityQuidditch
02-22-2010, 12:04 PM
Wow, thanks SistaDiva!!

I've been checking back on this thread every day and it was awesome to finally see a reply..and you answered everything I asked!

I really appreciate it. I started today, and I think this can really work for me. I'm excited to start a diet for the first time in a while!

I actually have one more question for you- do you ever use artificial sweeteners?

This is the only thing that might be tough for me. I guess what I'm wondering is does Jorge admonish splenda because it will inhibit your weight loss, or because of his own personal beliefs about it?

I personally don't have an issue using splenda as long as I can still lose weight on the diet, but if it will stall my weight loss than I can do without it.

I just really crave diet coke now and then. Other than that, I can switch to Stevia no problem, I think.

anyway thanks for your reply! I appreciate it! There isn't enough activity out there on this diet so it was great to hear from someone who has had success with it.

cookinmary
02-22-2010, 02:23 PM
Hey Varsity,

We both have the same goal weight, right now Im 166. Blah!! Keep us posted as to how you are doing.

SistaDiva2001
02-22-2010, 04:11 PM
Wow, thanks SistaDiva!!

I've been checking back on this thread every day and it was awesome to finally see a reply..and you answered everything I asked!

I really appreciate it. I started today, and I think this can really work for me. I'm excited to start a diet for the first time in a while!

I actually have one more question for you- do you ever use artificial sweeteners?

This is the only thing that might be tough for me. I guess what I'm wondering is does Jorge admonish splenda because it will inhibit your weight loss, or because of his own personal beliefs about it?

I personally don't have an issue using splenda as long as I can still lose weight on the diet, but if it will stall my weight loss than I can do without it.

I just really crave diet coke now and then. Other than that, I can switch to Stevia no problem, I think.

anyway thanks for your reply! I appreciate it! There isn't enough activity out there on this diet so it was great to hear from someone who has had success with it.

The book will be very helpful if you have not already purchased it. There are used copies you can buy on amazon as well.

Splenda. Jorge objects to it from a health perspective, if I remember correctly. There are a lot of horror stories out there from people who have used Splenda and you can google and see what some medical doctors think of it. I use 2 products ONLY that contain it. The Heinz low sugar ketchup and the Breyers no sugar added ice cream. I don't use them often, but I keep them handy. To me it is like alcohol. Something I use on every now and then, but I don't have to have it. Once my local store starts carrying Clemmy's Ice cream (recommended by Jorge), then I will ditch the Breyers.

SODA: I would stay away from well known diet sodas such as Coke and Pepsi and get the Zevia soda if you can. They have a cola version that is good.

Also, I cannot stress again how important it is to get the book.

Best of luck!

SD

pnuts
02-22-2010, 04:29 PM
I just started this diet too, pm me if you want to compare notes. I have some Splenda items in my fridge also that I haven't had yet but I will use very, very sparingly. I have the Breyers ice cream too, that is sooo good. I'm trying not to eat it yet.

cookinmary
02-22-2010, 09:44 PM
What is your downfall with sugar? I dont crave ice cream or other sugar items. Guess Im refering to doughnuts and such.

If asked to go into a store and pick a snack, I would pick one that is salty and crunchy, rather then sweet.

Im more of a carb kinda a gal. Potatoes. My fav.

VarsityQuidditch
02-23-2010, 09:07 AM
I'm the opposite- my downfall on this diet will be sweets- and the reason why it will be sweets is that you can eat carbs on this diet. So if you crave something crunchy and salty, you can have it! It will count as a carb serving or two, but you can have it.

But, there is almost no sweet that will stay under 15 grams of sugar. There just isn't. I have some atkins bars, those are pretty decent and just count as a carb serving, but it isn't quite the same.

I'll probably end up allowing myself ONE small sweet per week, and still count the carbs and avoid all other sugar for the entire day... it will be a planned sweet for sure..and I think that's okay, because that's sort of the point of doing a plan like this, is to realize that it's okay to do these things, but they have to be planned and accounted for, and they can't be just 'whenever you want'.

You gotta make a plan like this realistic to do every day, or you won't do it!

pnuts
02-23-2010, 09:28 AM
I don't get cravings much while low carbing and I don't have a particular fav food. It could be potatoes or ice cream, really anything. I don't think I have a real sweet tooth.

So far no real cravings on BFC. Yesterday one of my veggies had 4g sugar and I'm finding the sugar grams add up quickly. I miss my fruit though:(

JennyG
02-23-2010, 09:35 AM
Yeah, I did the BFC for 2 weeks, lost 6 lbs... but, I wasn't satisfied on it - I missed my fruits and yogurt far too much... so I went back to followiing a regular healthy diet like I was doing before the new year. But I'll tell ya, as soon as I put fruits back into my diet, the weight came back at me twice as fast.

I just follow Canada's food guide, and I love it, it helped me lose 90 lbs and I Think I'll stick to that. Altho Jorge's diet is great and I give three thumbs up to Sistadiva (She's doing fantastic!!!) it just wasn't for me!

SistaDiva2001
02-23-2010, 09:43 AM
I'm the opposite- my downfall on this diet will be sweets- and the reason why it will be sweets is that you can eat carbs on this diet. So if you crave something crunchy and salty, you can have it! It will count as a carb serving or two, but you can have it.

But, there is almost no sweet that will stay under 15 grams of sugar. There just isn't. I have some atkins bars, those are pretty decent and just count as a carb serving, but it isn't quite the same.

I'll probably end up allowing myself ONE small sweet per week, and still count the carbs and avoid all other sugar for the entire day... it will be a planned sweet for sure..and I think that's okay, because that's sort of the point of doing a plan like this, is to realize that it's okay to do these things, but they have to be planned and accounted for, and they can't be just 'whenever you want'.

You gotta make a plan like this realistic to do every day, or you won't do it!

I am not a sweets junkie, but there are plenty of non-sugar sweets out there. I found "Joseph's Cookies" at Whole Foods. They are sweetened with Maltitol and taste SOOOO GOOD! They are very crispy and I only like crispy cookies so when I crave something, I have that.

I am PMSing and this is the time I want chocolate. So, I make a "frosty" using the Breyers No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream (1/2 cup), some unsweetened chocolate almond milk, heavy cream and a Truvia..mix together until it is the consistency of a frosty. I have a couple of Joseph's cookies and I am good to go.

The Joseph's cookies have 0 grams of sugar.

The Breyers has 12 carbs and 4.2 grams of sugar and the Almond Breeze has 0 grams of sugar. So, basically this sweet's of shake and ice cream has 4.2 of sugar..15 -18 grams of carbs. That is nothing. Also, what you will find is that you don't have the "sugar" swings after eating this sweet.

I take it you are a college student, but you can either make or or buy low carb cheesecake. I buy mine from QVC, it is the Juniors cheesecake. It comes in a sampler or plain. Again, not being a sweet eater. I just freeze it into individual servings and take as needed.

The longer you stay on this way of eating, the less you will crave. I LOVE potatoes..I can eat them 5 meals a day. But, what I realized is that I now can control what used to be a trigger food by staying on the program "STRICTLY" for the firs two weeks. Now, when I eat potatoes, it is no longer a trigger food and I just enjoy the taste.

There are too many options out there for sweets. Check out www.netrition.com to find all kinds of "sweets" ...

Hope this helps!

SistaDiva2001
02-23-2010, 10:10 AM
Yeah, I did the BFC for 2 weeks, lost 6 lbs... but, I wasn't satisfied on it - I missed my fruits and yogurt far too much... so I went back to followiing a regular healthy diet like I was doing before the new year. But I'll tell ya, as soon as I put fruits back into my diet, the weight came back at me twice as fast.

I just follow Canada's food guide, and I love it, it helped me lose 90 lbs and I Think I'll stick to that. Altho Jorge's diet is great and I give three thumbs up to Sistadiva (She's doing fantastic!!!) it just wasn't for me!

As my doc and I have both concluded, the best diet is a healthy one you can stick tooo..period! You found what works for you and you have done fantastic and will probably continue doing fantastic.:carrot:

I have never been a sweets eater. It just has never appealed to me in general. I have my moments once a month, but I find that vegetables give me much more nutritional bang for my buck than fruit and yogurt is something that has less and less appeal to me unless it is used in something savory like Tzatziki.

My son does BFC about 1/2 the time and he has lost 25 pounds. He is much more cognizant of sugar and he is doing very well. We both exercise daily and lift weights every other day. It "scares" me to really read how much sugar is in so many things that you would never think had sugar. I tell folks all the time, sugar is not a food group and there are healthy and better alternatives out there.

Do you get Dr. Oz up in Canada? He is great, but I notice one of the first things he does when he is helping someone get rid of weight is to stop that sugar consumption and to go to more whole foods and fruit is included in there. ;)

I am on the fence about dairy. Milk? I don't miss it and will never use it again for "drinking" purposes because it just doesn't appeal to me. Cheese is something I "like" but I am not "cheese crazy" like I used to be. I like it in certain foods, but not others. I guess, what I am realizing is that "dairy products" are losing their appeal to me in general and I can see my consumption reducing by about 60 % to 75% of what I used to eat before I started BFC. Again, no statement other than it does not appeal to me as much.

Again, continued success and keep us posted on your journey!

cookinmary
02-23-2010, 10:30 AM
Well, I started the plan today. Im going to freeze what grapefruit I have left. Im a bit nervous in reading that Jenny gained weight back when she included fruit back into her diet.

Im going to give it my best shot. If no loss within a week, then I'll know this is not for me.

Breakfast went pretty well. I have a cup of oatmeal, with 1/8 c. walnuts, and rye toast with butter, along with 2 fried eggs. Im full and content. So, that was 1s and 2c.

If I can keep the sugars under control I think I should be fine. I just am amazed at where it is, in so many sneaky places.

I plan on doing some exercise as well, on the treadmill for 30 minutes.

Im making soup today to have on had too.

I too love my taters, I think I could live on those babies.

Oh, are you keeping your fat intake down, I mean how much butter are you using? I try not to use too much. Should I worry about that or not?

Wow, I was just looking over at calorie king and searching foods I generally eat. And man, the sugar in the fruits I eat. Now, I see why Im on the heavy side. Its not so much the carbs its the sugar. Gasp!!11

Thanks.

SistaDiva2001
02-23-2010, 10:54 AM
Well, I started the plan today. Im going to freeze what grapefruit I have left. Im a bit nervous in reading that Jenny gained weight back when she included fruit back into her diet.

Im going to give it my best shot. If no loss within a week, then I'll know this is not for me.

Breakfast went pretty well. I have a cup of oatmeal, with 1/8 c. walnuts, and rye toast with butter, along with 2 fried eggs. Im full and content. So, that was 1s and 2c.

If I can keep the sugars under control I think I should be fine. I just am amazed at where it is, in so many sneaky places.

I plan on doing some exercise as well, on the treadmill for 30 minutes.

Im making soup today to have on had too.

I too love my taters, I think I could live on those babies.

Oh, are you keeping your fat intake down, I mean how much butter are you using? I try not to use too much. Should I worry about that or not?

Thanks.

Hi Cookin!

I don't count anything but sugar and carbs..period. I eat butter daily along with olive oil, canola oil, mayo ....

Everyone is different. Going back to my son, he only does the diet about 1/2 the time and he has lost 25 pounds. He is back drinking sugar (although no HFCs) 16 ounces daily of juice/lemonade. He eats Haagen Daz once a week and he has pizza on the weekends and soda two meals during the weekend. He works out about 40 minutes a day and again, we both Circuit train and he has not gained one pound. But, people's bodies are different. He was on the BFC "hard core" for about the first 3 weeks. In that time, his "tastes" changed and now he can control his "trigger foods". He knows that his favorite fruit punch was sweetened by HFCs and he has not had it in 6 weeks and he will not drink it anymore because he said it made him feel "rotten". He is not a sweets eater either in general like me. We love POTATOES!! *lol*

From your posts, I see that weightloss is your overall goal??? Again, being a huge Dr. Oz fan and listening to people talk about their weightloss and maintenance on his show, I think when we concentrate a great deal on the weightloss and not the overall health and in my humble experience..we are doomed to fail.

Losing the weight is easy. Anyone can lose weight on a diet, but learning to eat for the long haul is what will give you long term success. There is a site and agency that tracks people who have lost 30% or more of their body weight and kept it off for 5 years or more. There are certain things that were consistent with how they managed to keep the weight off..They are mindful of their diet and they exercise. Those are the only two I remember.

Everyone is different and I know I dropped 12 pounds one time eating nothing but melon for 3 days. It was "abusive" now that I look back on it. But I was so focused on getting into this dress, that I lost site of addressing why I gained the weight. Did the 12 pounds loss last? Of course not! :^:

So, I had to figure a way of eating that gave me energy, gave me nutrition and put me in control of my eating. For me, I know that SUGAR IS NOT A FOOD GROUP! *lol* It just is not. I realize I don't like sweets a whole lot and that I was consuming a lot of "sugar", natural sugar" through juice and milk. I learned that there are better alternatives out there that give me more energy and improve my health. There are good fats out there and they are beneficial to my body. Exercise is like taking out insurance. You do it because the payoff now and down the line will be worth it. I am now becoming an intuitive eater and that is something I had never done before a day in my life. My tastes are evolving and I am making good and healthy choices for me.

If BFC does not work for you, hopefully it will lead you to finding the answer that is best for you. Everyone is individual and some "ways of eating" work better for others. So, either way BFC goes for you, I hope you find something that gets you were you want to be!:)

JennyG
02-23-2010, 11:00 AM
Hey Sista! I love your posts and comments...always have!
congrats to you and your son! I am much more aware of my sugar intake thats for sure, I always loved cantaloupe and pineapple, now I limit cantaloupe to once or twice a week and stick to berries more often. I always buy very low sugar yogurt and I still use almond milk especially for shakes and stuff. My perspective on sugar is way different now too! I do have Dr. Oz but I never pay much attention to him...perhaps I should! lol.

Will keep you posted! This last 20 is freaking hard to get off!!!!

cookinmary
02-23-2010, 01:27 PM
Hey Sista,

Yes, Im all for getting rid of this fat. I have tried other programs and have lost on them, but then went back to how I use to eat.

I even went vegan and had no fats at all. Most weight I ever lost, kept it off for a couple years I guess it was. Then went back to old habits. Gained it back.

So, yes I do agree any eating program will work, if you stick to it.

This is the first time Ive tried a program like this. So in seeing all those recipes in the book with all the fat, we can eat it and still lose weight. Blows my mind away.

Has anyone made any recipes in the book yet? I havent.

I got my soup all made. Will either have it for supper or lunch tomorrow.

How old is your son Sista? Thats great that you both are doing so well. I wish you both the best.

cm

SistaDiva2001
02-23-2010, 01:37 PM
Hey Sista! I love your posts and comments...always have!
congrats to you and your son! I am much more aware of my sugar intake thats for sure, I always loved cantaloupe and pineapple, now I limit cantaloupe to once or twice a week and stick to berries more often. I always buy very low sugar yogurt and I still use almond milk especially for shakes and stuff. My perspective on sugar is way different now too! I do have Dr. Oz but I never pay much attention to him...perhaps I should! lol.

Will keep you posted! This last 20 is freaking hard to get off!!!!

You only have 20 to go! I am looking at your picture and trying to figure out where that 20 is going to come from! You look great!:)

I have 47 more to go and I am good with that. I am happy that my weight is proportionate (yeah hourglass!).. but I will say that the weight coming off the mid-section is really dropping FAST!...My hubby is even thinking of starting the program..That would truly be a miracle!. He is thin all around, but he has nursed a nice little beer belly for awhile now. He loves SWEETS! So, does my 7 year old and he just took her to the dentist and she has her first cavity. My son and I have no cavities...

How can you resist the charm known as Dr. Oz! I just love his show!! I like how he profiles people who have lost weight almost everyday. It is inspiring to hear other people's stories and it keeps me motivated. I learn a great deal.

My son is doing so well. Again, he does the diet about half the time, but he really has cut his sugar consumption in half and does not touch HFCs. Like you said, refined sugar and HFCs lurk in so many foods and because they are in so many foods, you don't realize how much you are consuming.

I have family members who bake wonderful treats with sugar and I have no problem having a bite or two, but that is where it begins and ends for me. After taking a bit of that mediocre Red Velvet cake; I realize that a "sugar food" has to TRULY be worth it. I don't have aches and pains like I used to. I don't have highs and lows..I don't have this need to keep more coming or being "munchy". I know "get" it. I was a HUGE consumer of milk for drinking and now..I can get all the Vitamin D and Calcium I need through Almond Milk with a little cream for richness.

Have a great day!!

SistaDiva2001
02-23-2010, 01:57 PM
Hey Sista,

Yes, Im all for getting rid of this fat. I have tried other programs and have lost on them, but then went back to how I use to eat.

I even went vegan and had no fats at all. Most weight I ever lost, kept it off for a couple years I guess it was. Then went back to old habits. Gained it back.

So, yes I do agree any eating program will work, if you stick to it.

This is the first time Ive tried a program like this. So in seeing all those recipes in the book with all the fat, we can eat it and still lose weight. Blows my mind away.

Has anyone made any recipes in the book yet? I havent.

I got my soup all made. Will either have it for supper or lunch tomorrow.

How old is your son Sista? Thats great that you both are doing so well. I wish you both the best.

cm

My son is 15 and when I say 6.5 weeks ago, I was really, really considering sending him to a teen weightloss camp; I am not kidding. My husband/his step dad and I were so concerned about him. He was bloated, cranky, mean and seemed to be "defiant" in choosing to mainline Minute Maid fruit punch. He drank HUGE amounts of that mess. He only ate, sugar, fat and carbs. His acne was out of control and he looked like a heart attack waiting to happen. He only got exercise when he walked from school to my job which is about 2 blocks and would get "surly" at me for not picking him up.

The first two days of BFC, he was all of the aforementioned and withdrawing from sugar. I remember on Day 2 he said, "I can feel myself withdrawing. This sucks, but I am going to stick with it." By later that evening, he was mellowed out.

By day 3 and (day 8 for me), we started doing Gilad Express Workouts. Each segment is broken into 8 minutes. It is not dancy, but matter of fact old school calisthenics. We both looked like to "Grizzly Weeble Wobbels" huffing and puffing through 24 minutes. But we did it everyday for a week together. This coupled with managing carbs and sugar and we got more and more energy to the point where we broke the "umbilical chord" and started doing separate workouts. We started doing Melt it Off with Mitch, SWAT and Gilad. Then as we lost, I reviewed tapes on www.collagevideo.com and found tapes that would appeal to both of us and that is how we got into Jari Love and her Ripped Series.

This was the first time I had the ENERGY to eat and exercise. It was always one or the other. Dieting makes me cranky and hungry. I literally have "too much" energy these days by this lifestyle, so I found workouts that worked for me. I do the FIRM, Jari, Hip Hop ABs and others..and I literally went from being sedentary to now an Intermediate-Advanced and my son being the more Advanced workout person. Heck, he's young! *lol* I do low impact 80% of the time and the rest high impact, but very much selectively so. I have no desire to mess up my joints. Cross training gives you more "bang for your buck" in that 30 minutes of cross training is more effective thatn 1 hour of walking at a low/moderate pace. We both average between 30 and 45 minutes a day.

Yes, I have made some of the recipes in the book, but once you get the hang of this; you can duplicate any recipe to BFC friendly.

In the begining I was craving Big Macs and fries. I got myself a low calorie high fiber bun (store brand, 2 for $4.00 package of 8), made some "Big Mac Sauce (mayo, low sugar ketchup, rehydrated onions, dill pickle relish and a little bit of Truvia), cheese, 2 3 ounce burgers and made 27 Ore Ida shoe string french fries and a Zevia soda! I ate that several times a week in the beginning and that was when I had my biggest loss!:carrot:

But, I got bored with that afterwhile..the novelty of eating like that wore off. Tonight I am having roast chicken. It is so crispy that it tastes better than fried chicken! It has been brining since this morning. I will have that with some brown and wild rice, salad and blue cheese dressing along with some iced tea. My son is having a burger and fries.

Fat loss is wonderful thing..no doubt, but I am constantly reminded of a few people I know who did the "gastric bypass thing" and ALL have gained if not all, a large part back. I don't want to lose weight and then gain it back. I watch Carnie Wilson's show Unstapled and I see how "food issues" for many is a whole lot deeper than deprivation and short term gains and losses. I truly hope this works for you in some form or fashion..You seem so genuine!:)

VarsityQuidditch
02-23-2010, 02:04 PM
It's so funny how you say the 'novelty' of eating like that wore off, because that's sort of how i'm eating right now! I'm eating some very healthful things, too, but I can't believe I can snack on cheese and bacon...it's pretty funny.

I've been using my carbs on good things though, like last night when I had an ear of corn that counted as an entire carb serving and I think 4 or 5 sugars!

SistaDiva2001
02-23-2010, 02:49 PM
It's so funny how you say the 'novelty' of eating like that wore off, because that's sort of how i'm eating right now! I'm eating some very healthful things, too, but I can't believe I can snack on cheese and bacon...it's pretty funny.

I've been using my carbs on good things though, like last night when I had an ear of corn that counted as an entire carb serving and I think 4 or 5 sugars!

UHG! CORN!! *LOL*...It is soooo sweet!!

If it works for you! Go for it! You can also "trick" your appetite by having two smaller cobettes which have the same carbs/sugar as one large ear. Psychologically, it keeps you going.

Believe me, I have had my share of "burgers and fries'" on this plan!

JennyG
02-23-2010, 03:20 PM
HEy cookin.
Don't be discouraged by me... I mean I was using it as a quick fast where-as others are using it as a lifestyle, however low carb is not a lifestyle I can live with, I enjoy my fruits and low fat yogurt far too much! Having a healthy diet and lifestyle you can live with and enjoy is far more important as it leads to a future of easy maintence!

LOL Sistadiva I laughed out loud, but thanks for the compliment!

amyjobeth
04-24-2010, 08:00 AM
I'm not sure if this will get to anyone since it says February. I can't find April chat. Any suggestions?