Loss for week......4.6 pounds!
I had gained 6.6 pounds on vacation - still have 2 more to go ~ but overall The Bread for Life Diet I would say is a success!!
Carbs were a welcome change from some of the previous diets. I think it was a nice segway back into other diets especially after being away on vacation, eating just about everything under the sun and then coming home to be back on the straight and narrow.
Being able to eat 8-12 slices daily (I tried to stay between 8-9 slices daily, 12 just seemed to be too much for me) - with a variety of options to have with the bread or taste was great!
You all know I really like Hummus now. My favorites were the garlic, sun-dried tomato and cucumber dill. I did pick up a guacamole hummus at Trader Joe's this past weekend (kinda forgetting I wouldn't be eating it next week). Maybe I'll get a little taste at a BBQ this weekend (we will see).
Even with having the carbs, diet seemed pretty balanced to me. I didn't feel sluggish. I actually had a little more energy (that could just be the great weather we are having, or the exercise I added in during my lunch break). I had the obvious carbs (bread.toast), protein~chicken, eggs, fish, low fat cheese, fruit and yogurt. I ate every few hours and was never hungry.
It is suggested you stay on Stage One for 1-2 weeks then move onto Stage Two.
Stage Two still relies on what you ate in Stage One - but with some more flexibility. You can substitute 2 slices of bread for 1 cup cooked legumes, 2/3 -1 cup rice (no white rice), 1 cup pasta (whole wheat), 2/3-1 cup grains (pearl barley, millet, oats buckwheat), 1 medium sweet potato, 1 medium potato(occasionally), 1 ear corn (or 2/3 cup kernels or 2 cups popped), Breakfast cereal 4-5 tablespoons (occasionally and can not contain sugar), Granola or Muesli (1-2 tablespoons)(occasionally - but rarely), Crackers (pretzels, rice cakes, etc) 2-3 pieces (rule of thumb for every 35-45 calories substitute for 1 slice of bread), Dairy (you can add another yogurt and low fat hard or soft cheese cheese). Alcohol - Men are permitted up to 5 drinks a week, Woman are permitted up to 3 drinks per week...a drink is equivalent to:
4 ounces wine
One 12 ounce bottle of beer (not malt beer as it contains alot of sugar)
1 ounce hard liquor with non-calories mixer like club soda, diet soda.
Desserts - up to 2 ounces artificially sweetened low fat ice cream(without cone), pudding, sugar free freezer pops, sugar free jello.
This diet seems to let you have what you crave (CARBS) and keeps letting you have them.
Would I do this diet again?? Oh, YEAH!! CARBS BABY, CARBS!!!
I lost weight and not hungry. Not a bad option and personally one of the better ones I have tried.
*** ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY DIET ***