Monday, August 14, 2006

Will this diet help me lose weight? and is it healthy?

okay so right now i'm 17 years old, 5'2'' and 148 pounds. according to my doctor, my ideal weight would be around 115-120. i would like to lose this weight quickly, but also be healthy while losing it. i was wondering if this diet plan sounded healthy and like it will help me lose weight ((it's basically the South Beach Diet phase 1, but with fruit too. so just no bread))

breakfast: 1 red delicious apple and 1 Tbsp natural reduced-fat peanut butter

snack: 1 stalk celery, 8 baby carrot, and 1 Tbsp hummus

lunch: salad with: 1 Cup mixed baby greens, 1 Cup spinach, 1/4 Cup red bell pepper, 1/4 Cup roasted soy nuts, 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

afternoon snack ((after work out snack)): smoothie made with: 1/5 package (1 serving) silken tofu, 1/2 Cup frozen mixed berries, 1/3 Cup protein powder, 1 Cup unsweetened soy milk

dinner: salad with: 1 Cup mixed greens, 1/4 Cup chickpeas, 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, italian spices
1 Cup of watermelon on the side
dessert: 1/2 Cup frozen strawberries sprinkled with a little splenda

so that all works out to around 1200 calories, 36g fat, 0 cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 138g carbs, 49g fiber, 65g protein

i'll also be working out. doing 20 minutes on a stair step machine, 15 minutes weight lifting, 15 minutes on elliptical, and one of the "10 minute solutions" dance work outs. and doing around 100 crunches a day.

will this help me lose weight? is it healthy? how much weight can i lose per week? if i stick to it all summer, how much could i lose? how many sizes could i go down? right now i'm a 11-13 in jeans, Large in shirts, 9-11 in dresses.


Answer on Will this diet help me lose weight? and is it healthy?

Hi! I'm 5ft2, 21, 119lbs. I have tried just about every diet under the sun. I think you will find this very difficult to stick to at the beginning. You will crave stodge food. I suggest you have porridge or something filling for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and meat and two veg for dinner. Cut out bread as much as you can, cut out sweets/crisps/chocolate, and don't eat after dinner time. Have fresh fruit prepared for snacks and always carry a bottle of water with you, this helps fill you up. Also, keep a food diary. Right down EVERY SINGLE thing that enters your mouth. Sometimes, we nibble without even realising it.

As for your exercise, it sounds great, but I would suggest more cardio. Running and swimming are great and inexpensive for losing weight. The crunches are a good idea, but even if you are building the muscle in your abs, you won't see it until you lose the weight.

I also find, keeping a pictures of myself at my largest, and thinnest (no matter how old - well not as a child!) are fantastic motivation.

Best of luck. You can do it!