If you are one of our weight loss patients, you know that over the course of 2015, I lost approximately 80 pounds and I have succeeded in keeping it off.
But while on a beautiful cruise vacation with my wife I’ve recently gained 6 pounds back. I actually wrote about this here on our blog, and the post is titled, “How I Plan to Lose 6 Pounds in 1 Week”. And in the article I explained how I gained 6 pounds while on a cruise and I shared some of the recipes (Chocolate Mousse and Cheesecake) that I was going to enjoy to get rid of those 6 pounds quickly. Well I am happy to say that I actually lost 7 pounds in 5 days and yes I did enjoy the chocolate mousse and cheesecake for dessert a few nights of the week.
Here is the plan I followed to lose those 7 lbs in 5 days.
Breakfast: Okay, in a perfect world where all of us have our own personal chef cooking breakfast for us every morning, a nice breakfast would be 2 or 3 eggs, some vegetables and even a small piece of whole wheat toast with just the right amount of butter on it. But sadly, I do not have my own personal chef and most of the time life is so hectic that I never have the time to eat breakfast.
So for me, breakfast has been a cup of coffee with half-and-half and Stevia, Truvia, Splenda or equal. And that’s it for my breakfast. Now I know our parents have always told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But if you need to lose 5 pounds or more and you skip breakfast your body will actually burn your body fat for fuel and energy. So if you are a normal and healthy person just having coffee or tea for breakfast is perfectly fine. Just make sure that in your coffee you’re just using half and half, light cream, skim milk or heavy cream and do not use any type of flavored sugar creams and do not use real sugar.
Lunch: Depending on my day and depending on the amount of time that I have for lunch I do a few different things. If my lovely wife is joining me for lunch she will usually meet me at Panera Bread. Especially during the cold months when they have the butternut squash soup because she loves that soup. I usually enjoy their chicken cobb with avocado salad and I will ask him to put extra avocado in the salad for me. Now depending on my mood I may just eat the salad and not have anything on the side with it. Or I might get the bag of potato chips on the side and just eat about 5 chips. And then sometimes I might enjoy their fresh bread baguette but I only eat about a quarter of this. And if I’m in the mood for something sweet I will just have an apple on the side instead. For my beverage I will have a bottle of water, diet soda or another cup of coffee.
Other times I am going to one of the local diners and enjoying a fantastic lunch of 3 eggs, 4 – 5 pieces of turkey bacon and a small slice of whole wheat toast with some butter on it. For my beverage I will have water with either a glass of diet soda or another cup of coffee.
But if I am short on time and hungry believe it or not WAWA is my go to place. What I usually do is get two of their large hot-dogs, throw one roll away and eat half of the other roll with the 2 hot dogs. For my beverage I will have the same as I mentioned above, usually a bottle of water with either a diet soda or a cup of coffee.
Dinner: Dinner is a meal that I really enjoy ( because I like food) and for a perfect dinner I will have 4 – 6 ounces of a good healthy protein such as steak, chicken and even fish. Because of me being diabetic usually we try to cook with spices that do not have any sugar so we’re using the good old reliable spices of black pepper, garlic, oregano and a touch of salt. I prefer the Himalayan salt because it has a better taste and supposed to be healthier for us. But just use a touch of salt because too much of it can cause you to retain water weight. For vegetables we will make something like roasted Brussel sprouts with garlic and oil, sautéed string beans with garlic in oil and some nights we may even have microwavable or frozen veggies with melted butter over top. We actually enjoyed frozen broccoli and cauliflower last night for dinner with some melted butter poured over top and it was quite delicious.
Some nights we may order takeout. I would say once or twice a week on my way home I pick up Chinese food. But I ask them to leave certain things out when I order Chinese food and I almost always order the same thing. I usually have chicken chow mein with no MSG, no corn-starch and no sugar. I may also order egg drop soup and again I ask them to not put in MSG, corn-starch and sugar. Sometimes I may order an egg roll but I usually split this with my wife. For some reason I remember egg rolls tasting so much better when I was a teenager and in my 20’s so honestly I don’t even enjoy egg rolls anymore, It’s just a mental thing so the Mrs. and I usually split one.
If we are going out to a restaurant for dinner I will usually order steak, chicken or fish as my entrée and I will have a nice large salad as an appetizer. If I am at a good Italian restaurant and they have calamari I will usually 100% of the time order that, especially if it’s not breaded. I especially love a nice Italian antipasto with cured meats, olives, artichoke hearts and vegetables.
As a snack or dessert for most nights I’m enjoying the desserts that I have all recipes for in this website; like the Chocolate Mousse and Cheesecake. And if I am lazy that night I will just have sugar free jello.
I hope you enjoy the reality and simplicity of this meal plan. I call it my real world diet plan.
In a perfect world without stress, strain, responsibility and work and we all have our own personal chefs we could all eat that imaginary perfect diet of 5 small meals per day. But that’s almost impossible for most of us.
Even though my life is filled with stress, strain and responsibility I still consider it to be perfect because I’m blessed with wonderful family and friends and the best patients anyway weight loss doctor could ever ask for.
So I found the perfect diet for my version of a perfect life.
Let us help you the perfect real diet for your life. For a free medical loss consultation call us now at 215-821-7336.