So I’ve been struggling with a small weight gain. I am about 5 poundss above my allowed high and about 10 poundss above my lowest weight so it was time to get serious.
The bigger issue was that I was afraid I was forgetting my good eating habits and I didn’t want to go down that path.
I know what I need to do. I need to eat under 800 calories and under 40 gms of carbs. Let me tell you, two years after surgery, eating 800 calories is very difficult. For all those who are early in the process, wondering if they should eat more, my personal experience suggests don’t be in a hurry to increase your calories. While you can comfortably eat fewer, do so and you will lose more.
At first I simply tried cutting down to 800-900 calories and I was so hungry and so miserable. By any measure, 800 calories is very low for a grown woman. But that’s what I have to do to lose.
So then I decided to ease into it. The first thing I did was starting watching the clock and not allowing myself to eat within 3-4 hours of the last meal. This made me realize I had unwittingly been grazing some. Within 2-3 days the hunger got easier to handle.
Then I cut calories and carbs and starting making meat and vegetable soups. I find this to be tasty, hearty, and versatile and most of the ones I’ve made have been low calorie.
Over the last three days here’s what I’ve made. Tasty and filling and low carb. I’ve lost about 2-3 poundss of what is probably water weight but hey, I’ll take it!
What do you do to lose a few poundss if you’re a year or two out of surgery?