I’ve periodically written about my ongoing struggle to lose weight.
In fact, I had managed to lose a total of fifty pounds prior to Christmas using the online weight and diet tracker myfitnesspal.com. Being free and available online, I really liked this tool. However, during the Christmas season, I slowly gained back ten pounds, and struggle as I may since then, I’ve been unable to lose the weight again, much less lose more.
I made the decision that I needed to make a change to jump start my weight loss and get me over the frustrating plateau.
After some research, I decided to subscribe to the weight watchers online service and tracker. First, let me say, “I love Weight Watchers’ points system.” It makes things so much simpler. The points calculator accounts for all of the nutritional components of food that matter in weight loss: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and fibre.
I’ve managed to lose four pounds since going on the weight loss program, but unfortunately, last week was a very rough week and I fell off the wagon, including a lapse in my tracking routine (Bad, Bad Girl!), regaining the weight I’d lost.
I rarely watch daytime TV, but the other day I saw a promo spot for Dr. Oz, stating that he was going to show us the best foods to eat and when, in order to lose weight. Everything he said made sense.
His plan was to eat four servings of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) and two servings of (PUFAs) spread through each day. Mark said, “That sounds like the Mediterranean diet.” He’s absolutely right, the mediterranean diet contains pretty much the same food items and quantities.
I did some online research about what exactly fell into these categories and was amazed at the list:
Monounsaturated Fats (MUFAs)
- leafy vegetables
- seeds, 1/8 cup
- grains, 1/8 cup
- tree nuts, 1/8 cup
- nut butter, 2 tablespoons
- avocado, 4 oz
- olives, 10
- olive oil, 2 tablespoons
- dark chocolate chips (at minimum 70% cocoa), 1-2 ounces
- hard cheese, 1 oz.
Polyunsaturated Fats (PUFAs)
- vegetable oils, 2 tablespoons
- sunflower seed oil, 2 tablespoons
- margarines made with high PUFA oils
- sunflower seeds, 1/8 cup
- pine nuts, 1/8 cup
- fish, 3 oz..
- salmon, 3 oz.
- seaweed snacks
Since adding the MUFAs and PUFAs to my daily diet three days ago, I’ve lost four pounds – and I haven’t been tracking or watching my diet particularly close, just making sure not to actively ‘cheat’.
Dr. Oz also mentioned a new dietary supplement / weight loss product, FBCx or alpha-cyclodextrin, a soluable corn fiber, which is claimed to bind to and eliminate as much as nine times its own weight in fat and improve metabolic syndrome.
There have been a few studies published regarding FBCx, including:
- The benefits of early intervention in obese diabetic patients with FBCx.
- The beneficial effects of ?-cyclodextrin on blood lipids and weight loss in healthy humans.
- Earlier studies indicated promising results from the new fibre.
It is recommended to take FBCx with a meal to avoid gas.
I have ordered FBCx and I’m anxiously awaiting its delivery. Had I had FBCx last week during those rough days, perhaps I never would have gained or at least gained less of the weight back. I will write later about my experience with FBCx,when I can actually say I have experience with it.
With regard to the MUFA and PUFA additions to the diet, I’ve been following this as much as possible during the last few days and must say I’m thrilled with the results. One caveat though: be prepared for having to spend much more time in the bathroom. I’ve never been this ‘regular’ in my life.
Here is a valuable collection of 239 diabetic recipes.