I dreaded stepping on the scale after coming home from our Spring Break vacation to Orlando. Although I walked more than I have in a long time (20+k steps daily), I also ate lots of food that are weight-loss no-no’s—fried fast foods, sweets, alcoholic beverages, dairy. It was no big surprise that I gained 5 lbs. over the course of six days.
With a heavy heart, I headed back to the gym and got back to my training and exercise classes. I’d asked my trainer, Alex, if he had any Orenda Burn-Clean-Shape packets for a jump-start, but he had run out. I was on my own.
First two days of hardcore exercise—nada. Then I decided to try something else—something which I’d always had in the back of my mind. Why not cut out refined sugar and limit grains to one meal and see what happens?
I kid you not, a miracle. In one day I lost the 5 lbs. All I did was eat proteins, vegetables, fats—no refined sugar. For my sweet cravings, I just had berries—strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and/or golden berries, but in limited quantities and often with roasted unsalted almonds. The next day I lost 2 lbs., which was a pleasant surprise because I had eaten white rice with dinner the night before and worried that I had undermined my efforts.
I’m doing a happy dance right now because I’m lighter than what I was before going on vacation, and most importantly, I’ve broken through a weight-loss plateau. Go me!
The rules are simple:
- Drink lots of water (I aimed for 70 oz.).
- Acceptable beverages (other than water)—black coffee, unsweetened tea (ideally green or white), lemon water
- No refined sugar—THIS IS KEY! The only sweet treat allowed are berries in the company of fats/protein like almonds to slow the sugar absorption.
- No dairy.
- Aim for no grains, but if you have to have it, limit it to one meal and keep portion very small.
- Eat vegetables (aim for 50-75% of your plate)
- Keep moving throughout the day—and especially after meals. Movement aids digestion/metabolism and getting the toxins out.
- Get more sleep. You may feel more tired in the beginning as your body detoxes, but after a day or two, you’ll feel more energy than before.
Much like Dumbo’s magic feather, which helped him fly, giving up sugar and grains is my magic feather. Funny thing—I’d known this already (read about it, heard it from experts, did it before but somehow forgot). It wasn’t until I gave it a serious try that I got results.
Now the big question is—how long can I keep this up, and what will I do when I hit the next plateau?