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Starting Tomorrow!!

Over the past few months I've gained 5-6 extra pounds. I am not overweight, but I'm still not where I want to be. I am at 130lbs at 5'2", most of it in my tummy area.

I first heard about the SCD from my sister, who has had great success with it during her first pregnancy (she is due in 2 weeks!).

So tomorrow I am starting!

Here is my plan:

Breakfasts: 1 egg plus some Egg Beaters, baby spinach and some black beans (canned and rinsed).

Snacks (if needed): low-fat cottage cheese (should it be full-fat?), and some greek yogurt (not the best choice, but better than something from the vending machine!)

Lunches (cold): Chicken strips, spinach or other vegetable, guacamole or sliced avocado, black or pinto beans.

Dinner: Variation of Lunch, but likely heated up!

Wish me luck! :)

I do have a question... so as I approach MY target weight and I want to stop losing weight, what do I do? Or am I supposed to just let my body continue to lose weight and see where IT thinks my weight should be?

  • Dana Reale commented Jul 15th 2012:

    Wow, so I've used a calorie-counting web site (My Fitness Pal) and have entered in my breakfast, lunch, and snacks for tomorrow (NOT including dinner). So far I have 74g protein, 55 carbs, and 728 calories. If that's right, and I don't feel deprived, that's an amazing amount of protein for so little calories, especially since I could eat almost that entire amount again for dinner.

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That's a great question. I think it all depends on what you want to do, honestly. If you can sustain SCD and enjoy the results, continuing to do it will only compound the benefits. Once you hit your target weight, which I think will happen relatively quickly, your weight loss will slow down as your body begins to build muscle. Then you'll eventually stop losing weight as your body creates a new equilibrium based on the meal plan.

If you're happy with just meeting your goal, then you can transition out of SCD. I would recommend keeping your breakfast as a slow carb meal, watching your sugar intake and keep abstaining from liquid calories. This will probably help you maintain your new weight for the long haul.

Finally, I would really recommend measuring your body composition before you start. Even if it's just a waist measurement. This will add another dimension to your goals and help you track your progress. I think 5-6 pounds is a good goal but will be met relatively quickly on the SCD plan. A lot of folks lose twice as much in the first two weeks! This is because a lot of what you lose in the first few weeks is water weight being retained by the sugar in our bodies. As you burn that off and reconstitute with more protein and slow-burning carbs, you'll start burning fat. But if you're happy with your goal, then I definitely think you're well on your way to reaching it. Your meal plan looks great and I hope you update us on your progress!

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your cal count seems low, hun! you should be having at least 30 g protein at breakfast alone!!

congrats on joining though!!! you will do great

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