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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!

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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?

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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!

Good luck,

Jim

  • upandunder commented Nov 15th 2012:

    Hmmm, okay I'll cut out the turkey sausage and balsamic vinegar in the salad. Is red wine vinegar okay, or should I just axe it altogether (aside from the bean salad, which is pre-prepared)?

    I did not take measurements, I was mainly just going to go by the mirror and the clothes. I feel like I shouldn't be gaining particularly much muscle though seeing as I haven't been working out, but I guess I could be wrong about that.

    Also I've been having trouble sleeping for (I think) unrelated reasons, so maybe that's been serving as a detriment also?

    Thanks I'll just stick with it for a few more weeks and see what happens. Luckily I like all of these foods anyway so staying the course shouldn't be too hard.

  • Douglas Sheehan Douglas Sheehan commented Nov 15th 2012:

    Prepared bean salad has added sugars in my grocery store. What is the brand?

  • upandunder commented Nov 15th 2012:

    It's not a brand, it's prepared by the actual store. As far as I can tell they just mix all the ingredients I listed, which they list on the label, put them in a plastic container, weigh it, and charge you by weight.

  • Tony Montagnino commented Nov 15th 2012:

    Upandunder, as others have said, cutting out the beans at dinner may help especially if you are not exercising and don't need the extra carbs. When I plateaued a month ago I started measuring my protein intake and found I was too high. Although Tim says eat as much as you want, I found that limiting protein intake to 33grams at breakfast and 20 grams at lunch and dinner. Reducing the beans down to 1/2 cup for breakfast and 1/2 cup for lunch helped me break the plateau. I am back to losing 2 - 3 lbs per week. Each person is different so a little experimentation within the boundaries set by the book have really helped me understand how my body works.

  • Tony Montagnino commented Nov 15th 2012:

    Forgot to add, that you don't want to eat less calories! You still want to eat until you are satisfied just make up the difference with vegetables. Hope that helps.

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