How many types of diet have you tried? Did they work? For how long? Did you gain more weight after you stop the diet? If you answered yes to the last question – welcome to the club!
I’ve tried a few diets. Back in the 90’s there was carbo-loading. This is basically eating plates of pasta to increase my glycogen level. This is normally done the night before a huge event – in my case – a bicycle ride of 25 miles or more at a brisk pace.
Fast forward two decades later. Carbo-loading doesn’t work for most people. Excess carbohydrates made me gain weight. It is designed for riders that ride several hours a day (several days a week) because they consume 4,000 calories or more a day – but for the average Joe (or Edward), it’s not recommended.
I went on a low carb diet and it worked. I can easily lose 2-3 pounds in a few days by eating protein only (chicken, steak, fish) with veggies and fruits. No pasta, no bread, no rice – no carb at all. This diet can’t be done for a long time though. It’s not good for the kidney.
I also tried a strictly vegan diet to detox. The lack of calories was supplemented with medical food, and I was under the supervision of a nutritionist. It was really hard. It lasted three weeks and I lost 10 lbs. but after that diet I longed for steak and fried fish and other goodies.
For practical purposes, a vegan diet must be done very slowly. First, you take out the pork, shrimp and other seafood. Then you ease off the red meat and dairy products. Finally, the fish and eggs has to go. Avoid processed foods too. This is inconvenient because if you eat out, chances are you may be eating processed food.
We eat vegan several meals a week but we don’t go full vegan so we don’t feel deprived and overcompensate by eating plates of spaghetti, slabs of steaks and a few glasses of soda on the weekends.
I have maintained my weight (kinda) for over two years now since my surgery. I discovered that a diet where I only eat a small portion of what I would normally eat is the most effective diet.
We got the idea from the hospital food given to me. An example of the lunch menu: one slice of meat loaf, half a cup of peas, one bowl of soup, one piece of bread, and banana and pudding for dessert . It’s not much food but I ate a snack in between meals.
In the first few weeks of my recovery, my wife made meals that were small portions balanced with the right amount of veggies, fruits, meat or fish and measured sugar and salt. I easily lost 15 pounds in a few weeks.
We continued with the “Petite Portions” (I called it that to sound cute) for weeks after that. However, every now and then we overindulge and that’s when we gain a pound or two.
With the coming new year, we had resolved that we will go back to the same diet. After many trial and error with different diet, it seems that the Petite Portions diet is the one that will work.
You may give it a try too – but first, ask your doctor for nutritional advice.