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The 12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan

12 Day Grapefruit DietThe 12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan

The 12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan (also known as the Grapefruit and Egg Diet) has been around for decades.  I would have to say that it is probably the very first diet I ever went on.

I always knew when my Mom had some event to attend because she would come home from the grocery store loaded up with her eggs and grapefruits! I think she probably got it from Good Housekeeping magazine or Readers Digest, which back then was the news source for all housewives of the day!

Back then it seemed like there was something magical about the combination of eggs, grapefruit and black coffee.  But it seems that really it was a combination of being low in calories along with the grapefruit, which current studies are showing to be quite useful in promoting weight loss!

One word of caution:  If you are taking any medications at all, ask your pharmacist if it is one of those medications that can interact with grapefruit.

Basic Egg Grapefruit Diet Menu12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan

  • Breakfast is the same every day: 2 eggs with 2 slices bacon, 1/2 grapefruit, 1 c black coffee or tea
  • Lunch: This would normally be a salad, beef,chicken or fish, 1/2 grapefruit, black coffee or tea
  • Dinner: Same as lunch: salad, beef,chicken or fish, 1/2 grapefruit, black coffee or tea

You stay on it for 12 days, take a 2 day break and the do it all over again.

Pros and Cons of Egg and Grapefruit Egg Diet

Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker

The Good Things

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Gluten Free and Low Carb
  • Very easy to follow as you don’t count calories, carbs or points

And The Bad

  • Very low calorie diets make some people tired and lethargic
  • Boring and restrictive!
  • Grapefruit can react with many medications – be sure to check!

Norpro 1280 Stainless Steel Grapefruit Spoons, Set of 4

 

 

Unlike many diets, you don’t need much in the way of special ingredients or kitchen equipment to do this.

Grapefruit spoons are nice to have and so is an egg cooker. I really love my Dash Go!  It cooks my eggs exactly how I like them which is in the picture above.  Firm whites but semi soft in the middle.  Yummy!

I would microwave a few days worth of bacon for the breakfast (lay bacon on a some paper towels and cover with more layers of paper towels and nuke for about 5 minutes).

And that’s really it!



The Atkins Diet Plan

atkinsThe Atkins Diet Plan

The Atkins Diet Plan is considered by many to be the King of Low Carb diets.  It was and still is the go to plan when your doctor tells you to cut the carbs.

Dr. Atkins created this diet in the sixties, but it really became part of the popular diet culture in 1972 when he published his first book Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution. Other Atkins books have come out since then, but this book with his original Atkins diet program has always remained my favorite and I still have it on my shelf.

It was revolutionary in that his protocol limited carbohydrates, while protein and fat were unlimited.  The goal was to get into ketosis, which turned your body into a ‘fat burning machine’. This went against everything that doctors were recommending at the time and Dr. Atkins was maligned as a quack and even dangerous.   Fast forward three and four decades later and we find out that the good doctor was right!  From his original Dr Atkins food plan has sprung an enormous low carb industry.

Where do you begin on the Atkins Diet Program?

There are four phases depending on where you are in your weight loss journey.  But everyone starts out on Atkins diet Induction, which limits you to 20 grams of carbs per day.  It is not uncommon for people to rapidly lose up to 20 pounds in 2 weeks on the Induction phase. (I have done this myself!)

I used to tell people to start their journey by visiting the Atkins site.  The only place you should stop on that site now is the Induction instructions.  Why do I say that?  Sadly, since Dr. Atkins passed away, the site has become overly commercial.  They push low carb bars, shakes and snacks, which are basically replicating the very foods that made us overweight and unhealthy in the first place!  We are not learning how to eat real foods and change our ways in the way that Dr. Atkins originally intended.

My recommendation is that you use the books that Dr. Atkins wrote in the early years as your guide.  You won’t be spending a lot of money and you will learn to do Atkins they way it was intended.

 Dr. Atkins’ Diet RevolutionCheck Amazon Price Atkins for Life: The Complete Controlled Carb Program for Permanent Weight Loss and Good HealthCheck Amazon Price Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter: More Than 1300 Brand-Name and Generic Foods Listed WithCheck Amazon Price

 Pros and Cons of The Atkins Diet Progam

PROS

  • Rapid weight loss on Induction to kick start your diet
  • There are plenty of online support communities and recipe sites available, mostly free.
  • No weighing and measuring required as long as you are diligent about limiting your carbs.
  • Basically free, unless you choose to buy books and products

CONS

  • Some people report bad breath, especially the first 2 weeks on Induction
  • Induction is tough, you are eating basically meat, fat and vegetables, no fruits.

I think that the Atkins diet plan is worth a look and I personally know many people who have had success with a low carb protocol. More and more I am hearing of doctors putting their diabetic patients on an Atkins low carb diet.

One of the things that I have always appreciated about being on a low carb Atkins diet is how easy it is to follow when traveling or eating out.  You can always get a steak or chicken breast and a salad wherever you go.

What Do You Need for Success on the Atkins Diet Plan?Atkins Diet Plan

  • The most important thing is a way to count carbs as keeping carbs below 20 per day is essential.  I still have my old Atkins Carb Counter and still refer to it.  I’m sure there are smart phone apps now but I’m kind of old school.
  • Group Support is always a good thing.  There are many Low Carb facebook groups out there and there is even once called Old School Atkins!
  • Honestly, other than maybe picking up a couple of the older used Atkins diet books from Amazon, that is pretty much all you need!

 

Weight Watchers Diet Plan – All Grown up!

weight watchers diet planWeight Watchers Diet Plan

My very first exposure to the Weight Watchers diet plan was as a preteen.  My mother was a member and I watched her weigh and measure her food and lose 30 lbs right before my eyes on the original Weight Watchers diet.

Almost everyone I know has been to a Weight Watchers meeting at least once.    It is quite possibly one of North America’s most popular ‘weigh & pay’ plans for losing weight and the big WW has been around since the 1960’s.

Back then, the Weight Watchers meal plans were very strict with no carbs allowed.  You had to eat fish 5-7 times per week, liver once a week and there was almost zero flexibility. Coming full circle,  this original Weight Watchers diet plan is actually much closer to the way I eat now!

Just like me, Weight Watchers is all grown up and modern now.  They have deep pockets, as is evidenced by the A list celebrities who promote the plan and the TV ads they run in prime locations and time slots.  Weight Watchers is big business, with their own Weight Watchers Foods and Snacks and all kinds of gadgets and gizmos to assist you in reaching your goals.

One thing that is still there is the weekly meeting.  Weather it is in person face to face, or an online weight watchers diet planmeeting on their website,  studies show that meeting attendance and support and camaraderie from fellow members does result in more success for members.

Here are the Pros and Cons of the Weight Watchers Diet Plan:

Pros

  • Group support from others
  • Reasonable, well balanced meals
  • Encourage healthy lifestyle changes
  • Plan is updated constantly
  • Lots of resources such as this Weight Watchers Diet Plan which includes a complete guide and 14 day menu.

Cons

  • Can be cost prohibitive for many people (approximately $40 per month depending on coupons and specials)
  • Some people rely on ‘points’ instead of what is nutritious
  • Most of the foods with the Weight Watchers logo are very processed and so really not that healthy! (Sorry WW, but it’s the truth!).
  • I find the recent plans to be more complicated to follow in contrast to the clear and concise original weight watchers diet.  I guess I need structure!

Having said all that, many many people have been successful on the Weight Watchers program.  Yes, you can do a not healthy program, but if you are really committed to a long term lifestyle change, then choosing the best foods and staying active seems like a great way to reach your goals!

Things You Will Need for Becoming a Successful Weight Watcher

  • A good food scale.  I have had my stainless steel food scale for years and love it. Salter and Ozeri are both Weight Watchers Diet Plangood scales.
  • Measuring cups and spoons.  Weighing and measuring accurately are key to tracking on the Weight Watchers diet plan.
  • If you are not going to join a local group and do the Weigh and Pay, then you will need to get some WW resources.  Amazon has an entire Weight Watchers Resource Page to find everything you might want.
  • Group Support.  Look online for groups to get some help and support.  There are several weight watchers groups on Facebook that cost nothing.  If you can afford to go all in and join a local meeting, then do so.  You can use the Weight Watchers Facebook group for support in between weekly meetings.

There are so many Weight Watchers Diet Plan products available

 



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