Last week, I shared how I can focus on a short term weight loss goal & get there, but that I do not have the motivation or staying power to reach my ultimate goal thus giving up and then blowing it completely.
So, I devised a plan, of sorts, to help me meet my ultimate goal of losing 50 pounds.
- I am going to choose one plan each week to try. Every magazine I pick up 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 will follow a new magazine’s “diet plan” each week and report my results here.
This past week, I followed the Ayurvedic diet plan featured by Woman’s World from September 2, 2013, claiming, “Dr. Oz’s Ayurvedic Fat Cure! Lose As Much As 80 Lbs. using 3 easy slimming tricks.” . 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.”
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. Initially, I tried the tea plain. I wouldn’t say it was good, but it wasn’t as aweful as I had envisioned it. I was able to drink it … until I got to about the end of the 3rd cup. Ugh! Imagine drinking your taco seasoning pack. That was what I seem to compare it to. So, I tried one reader’s idea and added a little lemon. I just couldn’t hardly get it down that way, either. I even tried mixing it with a little regular tea. Nope! But, I did finish every last drop! The next day, I decided to cut the recipe down to 2 1/2 cups and check my results. Down another 1lb. By day 4, I could actually tolerate the tea without any issues at all.
- If I am having good results and can tolerate the plan longer, I will continue the plan another week.
The article boasted a whopping 11 pound loss for one participant. My goal to be considered a success for me was to 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.) I checked my results on the morning of day 2. Down 2 whole pounds. Maybe that tea was worth it.
- 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.
By day 4, I was down 3.4lbs. I had no issues tolerating 3 cups of the tea daily. I didn’t feel deprived. My headache was gone. I realized that I can do this!
- I will follow the plan as close as possible to recommendation, attempting not to cheat.
I found myself cheating on the very first day. The good news is that this plan incorporates regular foods and a little cheating at lunch. This was my first days lunch …
Yes, that is my “tea.” Not pictures … strawberries.
Granted, it wasn’t what I was craving.
But, a very good lower calorie imitation. Not sure why, but I have been craving mustard. Unfortunately, my husband found my very favorite ice cream and surprised me with it that evening. I could not resist a few bites. But, at least I did not devour the entire pint in one sitting.
- 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 did have approx. 1/4 to 1/2 inch loss off of some areas for a total of about 2 inches. But, accounting for differences in me measuring myself … I am not getting all excited over that, yet.
- I will take before and after photos. The posting of those is still up for debate.
I did do before and after photos. Honestly, I look like I gained weight in the photos. But, it has only been one week and it is not quite even 5 pounds gone. So, I will not be posting those photos. But, I will keep up the process of taking them.
- I will review the pros and cons (for me) of the plan in detail & share any thoughts or suggestions.
This plan was easy to follow and allowed me to have some diet variety without feeling deprived. I am sure that I would have had better losses if I had followed more strict limits in my eating. I did not exercise. Again, I know this is a very important part of any weight loss plan and I would have had better losses if I had done so. I did have the initial blahs and headache from limiting my caffeine intake and the adjustment to the tea and no snacking. Since the triphala is considered a cleansing product, I associated some of what I was feeling to the detox / cleansing process. But, I never felt tired or sluggish. As a matter of fact, by day 4, I felt better. Less hungry. More energetic.
It is important that you remember to take your tea with you when you go out. I forgot to make my tea one morning before my husband and I ran a few errands. The day out lasted longer than planned. So, I did not drink any tea until around 6pm. I did not lose any weight the next morning and was actually up about 0.6lbs.
I lost more than my goal of 3 pounds which was my goal to be considered a success. So, I am going to keep on keeping on with this weight loss plan for another week. I do plan to try to increase my tea back to the 5 cups. Since week one I tried the plan alone with no exercise, I plan to add 3 days of exercise … walking outside when it is nice out and the treadmill on days it is raining. I want to see how this affects me reaching my goal along with this program. My goal for this week is 2lbs.
Initial costs can be somewhat prohibitive if you are on a limited income. I needed to purchase the triphala ($7.99 + tax) and the herbs to make the tea (around $11) These costs will vary by location and time frame that you are able to shop around. If you drastically change your eating, then you may have additional costs there. I did buy a few things like a healthier, lower calorie bread. But, most of the things I ate were on our normal shopping list.
One thing I did forget when preparing to start on the plan … a strainer for the tea. So, I improvised. It can be a little messy. But it works.
A cup and a paper towel.
Did the plan work? I did lose weight – 4.8lbs
Would I recommend this plan to others? You bet I would and I already have. My Mom is starting on it and my daughter in law is considering it.
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 feel that I must add … I am not a physician, so as always with any new exercise or weight loss program, check with your doctor to see if this plan may be right for you. I am only sharing my experiences on this plan with you.
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.