Posted 22 September 2011 - 11:14 PM
I'll check out Lose It - not for calorie counting, as calories are a little misleading; what you ingest is not the same as what gets absorbed into your bloodstream, but for intake tracking, as I've been keeping my own personal log since I started dieting on July 11th, of all my breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinner, along with daily weigh-ins.
Got married a few years back and, like most married men, gradually gained weight. Was a lean 175 in 2008, I'd like to get back to it.
Starting weight: 198.0 lbs (July 11, 2011)
Present weight: 179.2 lbs (September 22, 2011)
Just started exercising again - my goal was to hit 180 lbs before resuming training, which I did yesterday (179.6). Started with a Bosu Ball for abs and hard Kettleball Swings. Going to add free-weights tonight.
Diet has been pretty strict to 4HB (4-Hour Body), otherwise known as a kind of Slow Carb Diet. Typical eating looks like this:
Breakfast - 5 forkfuls sauerkraut, 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1.5 oz chicken breast, 2 tablespoons salsa (no sugar or preservatives), 65g Black Beans, 85g spinach, 1 cup coffee (black)
Lunch - 1 can tuna in water (drained), 65g lentils, 2 teaspoons all-natural mustard, 85g broccoli (steamed - plain), 1 cup coffee (black) or tea (no sugar)
Dinner - 5oz chicken, steak, pork or fish, 65g Kidney Beans, 120g cauliflower (boiled and mashed, with garlic salt, to something resembling mashed potatoes), 50g spinach
Snacks, if any, are usually nuts - almonds, peanuts, mixed nuts, brazil nuts (30-40g) - or celery with almond butter (trader joes)
Before bedtime, perhaps a glass or two of red wine - usually cabernet or merlot.
Aside from cauliflower and sauerkraut, nothing "white" and nothing that could be "white" (like rice) is allowed. No sugar is allowed. No preservatives, chlorine, yellow-dye #5s, maltodextrin, etc., are allowed. No fruit is allowed, with the exception of tomatoes, to be ingested moderately.
Do this for 6 days out of the week. The 7th day, after my standard breakfast, is anything-and-everything-goes - a CHEAT day, with cake, milk and bread, beer, pizza, chips and pasta, ice cream and chocolate and every other delicious thing I avoid during the week. Throws the body into absolute overdrive. I gain about 2lbs that one day, then go back to the 4HB diet and burn off the cheat day in 2-3 days and, having put my body into overdrive on cheat day, burn another couple pounds the rest of the week.
Wife was completely skeptical at the start of the diet, as it eliminates all fruit and dairy, (almost) all 'white' foods, potatoes, rice, etc., and doesn't require monitoring of slow-carb consumption. Frankly, she thought it was crap and a total pain in the ass. But 10 weeks, 18.8 lbs, and a thinner husband later, well, she believes and finally respects the diet...along with the fact that I travel with a digital scale. (Yep, it's true)