I need to lose weight. I’m currently about 15 pounds over my normal, comfortable weight and I need to lose these extra pounds fast. Why? For one, my back cannot carry the extra weight because of my scoliosis. When I’m heavier than usual, I get backaches and leg cramps at the end of the day. For another, because of my recent commitment to NOT buy new jeans this year, I really have to fit into my existing ones. Which are all under Size 29! I was Size 27-28 when I bought them. So it’s a miracle, really, that I can still fit into them. But sometimes, I have to release the top button of my jeans to accommodate the fat, especially after a particularly yummy meal. Oh the horror!
So anyway, I’ve decided to go on South Beach Diet or SBD again (which, by the way, has not failed me so far). For me, SBD works very well and fast! I will not get into the science behind SBD but I will tell you this: if done correctly and religiously, it can take away 10-15 pounds. Gaining the weight back is a question of self-discipline and proper maintenance (which, obviously, I have an issue with 🙂 )
SBD has 3 phases: Phase 1 restricts the intake of ALL forms of starch, dairy and alcohol. Phase 2 basically re-introduces starch and Phase 3 is the maintenance phase. I’m currently on my second day of Phase 1 and as expected, all I can think about is carbs, especially during merienda time! It’s simply torture so I just distract myself with work.
So far, the most difficult part of SBD is looking for a meal plan suited to Filipinos, especially since we generally subsist on rice, bread and kakanin. So I’ve come up with a meal plan for Phase 1 (the most difficult part). I’m sharing with you the first seven days. Note that this is not strictly SBD since I still allow onions and palm oil. I will report on my progress from time to time and if you want to join me, let me know! It’s always fun to do stuff with friends.
Breakfast: Mushroom and Bacon Omelette
Snacks: a handful of Peanuts
Lunch: Roast Chicken, Lettuce and Cucumber salad with Japanese mayonaise
Snacks: 1 wedge of cream cheese
Dinner: Igado (liver and pork in soy sauce and vinegar)
Breakfast: 1 Soft boiled egg with pepper and soy sauce
Snacks: Pistachio nuts
Lunch: Grilled Porkchop with Sauteed Cabbage
Snacks: 2 tablespoon peanut butter (unsweetened)
Dinner: Roast Chicken and Lettuce and Cucumber salad with Italian dressing
Breakfast: Embutido and tomatoes
Lunch: Tinolang Manok
Dinner: Fried Cream Dory and Baguio beans sauteed in butter
Breakfast: Tuna and Egg Salad with Lettuce
Lunch: Pork Sinigang
Snacks: Peanut Butter
Dinner: Chicken and Pork Adobo with Ginisang Ampalaya
Breakfast: Natural Yogurt
Snacks: 1 wedge Cream Cheese
Lunch: Grilled Rosemary Chicken
Dinner: Pritong Tilapia and Sauteed Bean Sprouts
Breakfast: Tuna Omelette
Snacks: Pistachio nuts or almonds
Lunch: Porkchop and Ginisang Munggo
Dinner: Chicken Brocolli
Breakfast: Mushroom and Cheese Omelette
Snacks: Peanut Butter
Lunch: Sinigang na Bangus
Snacks: 2 slices of cheese
Dinner: Pritong Galunggong and Ginisang Sayote
Notes for Phase 1:
For sudden cravings, stock up on Laughing Cow Cream Cheese, Growers Pistachio nuts and almonds, Happy Peanuts and peanut butter.
Do not eat rice or any form of carbs and fruits.
Do not drink alcohol.
Avoid sodas. But if you must, get the sugar-free kind.
You can eat desserts as long as it’s starch and sugar-free.
See the Phase 2 Menu of the Pinoy South Beach Diet here.
Food for Thought
“I went on the South Beach Diet for it. I trained for six days a week, two-and-a-half hours a day. I was determined to look good in those shorts.”
– Jessica Simpson on how she prepared for her role as Daisy in “The Dukes of Hazzard”