Doing something wrong? Weight staying the same.
So I've been at it for about 2 weeks now, and I'm wondering if I'm messing up the SCD somewhere. I'm a guy, 230ish. Basically eat the same meals every day.
Breakfast: 3 egg omelet w/ spinach and turkey sausage, about 1/4-1/3 lb. bean salad with peppers, scallions, onions, parsley, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, and spices
Lunch: Romaine salad w/ grilled chicken, tomatoes, broccoli, 2 hard boiled eggs, jalapeno peppers, roasted red peppers, mixed grilled vegetables, oil, balsamic vinegar, and sometimes avocado; the same bean salad I described in the breakfast
Dinner: Chipotle burrito bowl w/ black beans, peppers and onions, random meat, tomatoes, salsa, and avocado
Haven't been working out at all, and I drink a ton of water throughout the day.
I have done one cheat day so far, and it consisted mainly of one carb and cheese filled cheat meal and a lot of alcohol.
After the first couple of days I noticed a decrease in my stomach size, presumably because I was getting rid of a bunch of water weight (I had eaten absolutely terribly for about a week right before I started the diet).
So, is there something I'm doing wrong here? Am I being impatient? Any help is really appreciated.
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When I hit a plateau, I had to go back to measuring things on a scale or with a measuring cup to remind myself of the proper portions of my non-veggie foods. No more than 1 cup of beans across the entire day, more in the AM if possible, skipping them at dinner helped. 30g of protein at breakfast, 20 at lunch and dinner. No more than 1/2 an avocado a day. I also had to balance those beans. If I was planning to eat hummus at lunch, I'd skip the beans the rest of the day. If I had a hankering for peanut butter, I'd plan for a bedtime snack and cut back on my daytime legumes to compensate.
Sneaky sugars are also a big culprit. Read labels, some balsamic vinegar is just quality, aged, vinegar, some is a cheaper vinegar with added caramel coloring and sugars to make it dark and sweet. I've found *one* tomato sauce in my market that is made without sugar and I use a spoonful of that as a topping on meats or mixed with my veggies sometime for some variety. Bargain hamburgers are often stretched with breadcrumbs, some thicker cuts of meat are 'pretenderized' with a sugar and salt solution. The sausage you are eating may be one that is mostly meat with just a little bit of added sugar, or it may be one that has a huge amount of sugar added. Reading the label will help guide you to the right product on the shelf that will be friendly to your diet. I still eat hot dogs, I just buy Nathans now, because they have less sugar than the old brand we bought. I buy sausage, but I buy one that has sugar listed down with the 'less than 2%' items and not in the top handful of ingredients. I buy premade hamburgers, buy I get Bubba brand, with no fillers.
If it helps, my first few weeks were pretty uneventful. I'd lose a little, then put it all back on on cheat day. I'm 4 months in now and 25 pounds down. Just keep at it, it does work, sometimes it just doesn't feel like it!
I think your menu sounds good. Cut back on your beans a bit, maybe only eat them for 2 of your meals. Watch for added sugars, and hang in there. Did you take measurements before you started? You may be losing fat and gaining muscle. The way your clothes fit is a good sign you're on the right track.
Also, Are you eating breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up?
I agree with DSheehan, balsamic vinegar and salsa are great hiding places for sugar. Also check that your turkey sausages aren't made with any 'rusk' (I think thats what they call it) or flour or anything. Also keep an eye on the 'grilled vegetables', I avoid vegetables like carrots and turnip because they have a lot of starch in them. Finally, a lot of restaurants season their meat to make it 'extra tasty' in reality what they're doing is putting a layer of sugar and flour on top of a perfectly good piece of meat and ruining it for us slow carbers!
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