I posted in January about joining a Diet Bet weight loss challenge. I was successful & did win back my initial bet plus some, having lost a little over my 4% goal. Today, I put my favorite pair of jeans on for the first time in a while and I could barely get them zipped. Ugh!
My problem is, I can focus on a short term goal & get there, but I do not have the motivation or staying power to reach my ultimate goal. I give up before I get there and I then blow it completely.
I have been trying to read a magazine a day to help clear out a huge old stack that I have never read. When I picked up my Woman’s World from September 2, 2013, the cover title claimed, “Dr. Oz’s Ayurvedic Fat Cure! Lose As Much As 80 Lbs. using 3 easy slimming tricks.” Ayurveda … I had heard that term somewhere very recently. Then I remembered, Embracing Uncertainty had a post on The Hot Belly diet, which she described as an “Ayurvedic approach to detoxing.”
Ayurveda – ancient healing practice from the far East that helps cure many ills as well as being an effective fat fighter. (yes, I had to look that up!)
Every magazine has a new miracle diet. Some are healthy and some are more of a fad. Knowing that I can stick to a change in diet for a time with good results, I came up with a plan.
- I am going to choose one plan each week to try.
This week, I plan to follow the Ayurvedic diet plan featured by Woman’s World. A copy of this plan and a little extra can be found here. The main premise of this diet plan is to sip a fat-melting herbal tea, take Triphala for a “flat – belly” and “pig out” at lunch while eating a small & easy to digest meal for breakfast and dinner.
- If I am having good results and can tolerate the plan longer, I will continue the plan another week.
Even though the plan boasted a whopping 11 pound loss for one participant, my goal to be considered a success will be 3 pounds. (2 pounds is considered healthy, but I usually lose around 5 pounds the first week on any plan due to that initial water weight loss.)
- If I did not have satisfactory results or cannot tolerate the plan, I will take 1 cheat day and move on to the next magazine’s miracle diet plan the following day.
My “fear” when initially reading the article in Woman’s World was the tea. I can stomach a lot of things … except a strong tasting drink. 5 cups is a lot if I don’t like it.
- I will follow the plan as close as possible to recommendation, attempting not to cheat.
- I will weigh and measure each Monday to assess not only weight loss but inches lost. I will post those results each Monday after the previous plan has been completed.
- I will take before and after photos. The posting of those is still up for debate.
- I will review the pros and cons (for me) of the plan in detail & share any thoughts or suggestions.
My ultimate goal is 50 pounds.
If you have experiences with this or any other particular diet plan, please feel free to share.
If you need to lose a few pounds and think this challenge may be right for you, then please feel free to join me. Please comment & link to your post so we can share our journey!
I do know that the best way to weight loss is a healthy diet and exercise. This is just about getting to my goal for now & then worrying about the details. Everyone has to find their own way. So, please, no shaming here. Encouragement gratefully accepted.
Check back next week for the results!