My baby’s first birthday was on the calendar, and the closer that it came, the more antsy I got try to lose some weight. I know that there are plenty of people who will tell me to be patient with the baby weight, to just eat healthy and it’ll come off, to keep nursing, all kinds of things along those lines. In the past those tips have worked for me, but a few things have changed for me, and they have stopped working. It was time for me to do something. A big something.
Here are a few reasons that I decided a full-on diet was what I needed this time:
- I had my 5th baby over a year ago. The weight came off much easier with my first, second, and even third pregnancy, but five is a lot.
- I’m over 30. Again, weight seemed to come off a little more easily before I turned 30, almost 2 years ago.
- I haven’t made time to really workout. Sure, I lead an active lifestyle (5 kids 9 and under will do that to you). We hike and swim and garden, but I don’t go to the gym and really sweat it out. I do much better during the school year, but this summer, I have worked out zero times.
- I already eat pretty healthy. I think my body is used to good food and it’s great at maintaining weight. I feel like some people can cut out soda pop and fast food and lose weight, but I already don’t eat those things, so it’s harder to just cut a little here and there and see results.
I did a lot of research when I decided I need a jumpstart to lose weight, and I decided that the Dr. Oz 2-Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet was what I wanted to do. The ideas behind it were really things that resonated with my food philosophy and opinions on what I consider to be healthy eating.
I don’t watch the Dr. Oz show, but I happened upon this diet online. I read about it, I watched the show that was filmed about it, and I thought about it for a week and a half before I decided that I wanted to try it. I felt like it aligned with what I feel like healthy eating is. I don’t know much about Dr. Oz; I felt a little leery about putting too much stock in his doctor title because he’s a TV show host too, but the more I’ve read, the more I think he has some pretty sound ideas that he’s telling people. He really pushes whole foods and cutting out things like artificial sweeteners, wheat, and sugars, and that’s something I can get behind. I don’t know if everything he says should be taken to heart (because I literally don’t know what he is or isn’t telling people. Again, I don’t really watch the show), but all-in-all I think he has some sound ideas and principles behind his diets, programs, and shows. I do think the show tries to “sell” diets, results, and things that people want in order to get viewers to tune in, but that’s the advertising side of things and I can see that for what it’s worth. It’s still a business.
The Dr. Oz 2-Week diet is quite restrictive. He tells you what you can eat, and that fills about about a sheet of paper, which means that there are loads and loads of things you can’t eat. The idea is that you have a homemade shake in the morning, eat 6 ounces of chicken, turkey, or fish, one cup plain greek yogurt, ½ cup brown rice, and then all of the low-glycemic vegetables that you want. The first time I looked at it, all I could think about where all the things that you couldn’t eat. A little bit of meat and a million veggies sounded awful. When you look at the list of vegetables though, the list includes lentils, kidney and garbanzo beans, and squash. If you can eat lentils and beans, that is really a game changer (the fact that you can’t eat legumes, beans, and lentils on the Whole30 diet is the main reason I have never tried it!). When I got to looking, I could make all kinds of things with lentils and chickpeas. Instead of feeling like I needed to only eat vegetables, I shifted my thinking more to vegan eating. I’m not going to be a vegan my whole life, but I sure can do it for 2 weeks (and it wasn’t even a vegan diet – you still eat that cup of yogurt plus the 6 ounces of lean meat…).
There’s surprisingly little information about the diet on the website. I kept thinking I would find more, but there just isn’t much there.
Here’s what you can eat:
What You Can Eat
Wake up: Start day with cup hot water and 1/2 lemon.
Breakfast smoothie: Use this recipe.
Green tea: Preferably organic.
Protein: One 6-oz serving of meat (chicken, turkey or fish) per day.
Carbs: 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice a day (otherwise no carbs/starches).
Fats: Good fats in moderation (e.g. olive oil and avocado).
Dairy: 1 cup of 2% plain Greek yogurt per day (otherwise no dairy).
Vegetables: Unlimited low-glycemic vegetables (see list) and Detox Broth (recipe here).
Snacks: Hummus, pickles, a couple handfuls of nuts.