I keep trying to lose weight… but it keeps finding me!
I made mention in a previous post that I’m starting a diet in Operation: Prep For Starting to Try To Get Pregnant. The diet I started is the Dukan Diet, recommended to me by my friend Megan Dubyah.
Now, normally I would recommend to anyone the tried-and-true basic “counting calories” diet. Meaning a normal woman needs about 1,700 calories a day to maintain weight (give or take depending on size and activity level). Calories in – calories out (including the 1,700) = net calories. You need to lose about 3,500 calories overall to lose one pound. So if you eat 1500 calories, work out and burn 200 in one day, then that means you have gained a total of -300. Yes, that’s a negative 300. So with that, it should take you about 8.75 days to lose one pound.
When I count calories, I never restrict myself on what I can eat… however, the more fat/carbs/sugar that is in something generally results in more calories… so you can eat less during the day.
Now, with my shoulder injury, I’m very restricted on working out. Even walking for too long starts really hurting. So I needed to find something that would help me lose the steroid/estrogen pill/etc weight I’ve gained over the last couple years. And that’s where the Dukan Diet comes in. Basically you start off in a protein-only diet for a week or less and then transition over to a protein and then protein and vegetable diet (every other day with each) until you lose your weight. Then you start adding in fruits and carbs until you reach point where you can eat anything you want for the rest of your life… except one day a week when you do pure protein.
So far I’ve lost just over 7 pounds and it hasn’t quite been two weeks. I’ve done some yo-yoing where I’ll gain some and then lose it, but apparently that’s quite normal. You can see my ticker on the right hand side of the page near the bottom.
If you are interested in it, I would recommend checking out the Dukan Diet website. If that sounds like something you might like, I would definitely buy the book. It has great recipes and really explains the ins and outs of the diet.
However, since there are at least a few MilSpouses out there who are on this diet with me, I will be posting recipes for it in my recipe page.