Dieting is like winning the lottery

This may sound naive, but dieting is like winning the lottery.  Not so much that only one in 120,000 wins anything, but what happens after they win.  It’s a life changing experience. Lotto winners are advised to surround themselves with a team of financial advisors.

Losing weight is similar in that when you reach the goal weight, heck, even as you are losing weight you feel like your life is changing.  Then you reach the promised land, the jackpot, and it all stretches out before you.  Endless possibilities lay before you now.

Did you know that if someone wins the lottery but doesn’t get a plan and support they will more than likely end upon the same style of living and same financial hardships as before they won?

If you don’t have a plan for maintaining after losing the weight, you are setting yourself up for failure.  So the solution to this?  Surround yourself with a team (family and friends and experts) to help you maintain your goal when you win that lotto (or in this case, that magic number you’re searching for on the scale), and have a plan of action.

That’s all for now.



The Salty Truth: Maxing out on Sodium on Ideal Protein

Or rather, sodium-ee…

So today I’m looking up information regarding sodium, because 1/2 tsp of salt is required on the Ideal Protein Diet, and I think to myself…why?

Well, turns out, that 1/2 tsp of salt = 1000mg of sodium, and the MINIMUM recommended amount of sodium for a person is 1500mg/day.  The downside is that the recommended MAXIMUM amount of sodium recommended is only 2,000mg/day … so basically you have a 500mg window, which when you think about a lot of our favorite foods, that’s not much.

A Big Mac, for example, is 1010mg of sodium, so that’s over half way to the sodium goal of the day.  Oh wait, you had a medium coke with that?  8 Ounces contains 30mg sodium, but since you’re getting it carbonated, you’re only getting about 15mg…Oh, and you had this as a Value Meal?  Let’s add some medium fries with that, 270mg of sodium.  We’re not even looking at the carbs (Although that’s 48, 56, and 46g so totals about 150g).  So far during lunch you’ve had 1010+15+270mg of sodium (that’s 1285mg for non-mathletes)

So basically you’ve kissed your sodium intake and carb intake for the day, all in the span of your 30 minute lunch break.

Now let’s take a look at Ideal Protein products.  I’ll pick three packets, one from each category (Shake, Soup, Pudding)…

Cappuccino = 180mg sodium

Chicken A La King Soup (very popular) = 630mg sodium

Milk Chocolate Pudding (sounds safe) = 110mg sodium

So our total intake for the day so far is 920mg of sodium, leaving a deficit of 680mg sodium for the minimum amount to have…guess what…they say to have 1/2 tsp of salt, which is 1000mg of sodium, so we are now at 1920mg of sodium for the daily intake, when 2,000 is the maximum considered healthy.  I would like to point out the items I chose were in the middle to low range of each category, although there were items significantly lower in sodium.  Fun fact, eh?

Ahhh, and we forgot our vegetables!  Canned vegetables are significantly higher in sodium than fresh (go figure, salt preserves things) so we’ll do a quick comparison:

Asparagus: 4spears<canned> 207mg , <raw> 6 mg (no I’m not kidding)

Broccoli: 1 cup<cooked> 64mg, <raw> 20mg

Celery: 1 stalk<raw> 32mg

Lettuce, Romaine: 1cup<raw> 4mg

So when in doubt, go with lettuce 😉 Although it’s free and this would help explain why.

In conclusion: Ideal Protein has sodium in its packets for preservation and flavor, but not in contents quite high enough to justify the need of so much salt in a given day.

With that said, pass the salt please.

Sodium In the Diet

Experiment Day 4:

Day 4 of the test has begun, and dammit, it seems to be working, although I’m not sure if I’m liking the fact that it’s work “this well” right now.  Down another 0.8 pounds last night, for a  total of 1.8 pounds since Monday.  This is a huge number for me as my losses are normally tiny during the week and larger during the weekend…so I think I’m afraid I’ll end up managing to sabotage my weight loss this weekend if I lose too much during the week…I know it doesn’t make much sense, but it is what it is and that’s all that it is.

So to prevent myself from sabotaging my weight loss this weekend (because I’d looooove to get under 170 this next weigh in , although I normally only lose 2 lbs/week or so so 173 is more likely) I’m going to force myself to NOT go out to eat for the next 4 days (Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun) and then see what I weigh on Monday.

I’m even debating not weighing myself on a daily basis for the next 4 days because if I have a gain I know I’ll be bummed out about it.  It is seriously looking possible for me to get down to 165 though by the end of June if I play my cards right, which I full intend on doing, as 165 will “hopefully” be a pant size 10…

Wow, long ramble this morning…OK I’m off to do… I don’t know…something productive…+-