Fat Loss 4 Idiots - Day 1

Hi, my name is Breanna, and this is my first day on the Fat Loss 4 Idiots diet.

Starting Weight: 146.4 lbs

Okay, some of you out there may be saying that 146.4 lbs isn't really that overweight, but I'm very short. I'm barely over 5 feet tall, and I need to lose about 35 pounds.

I didn't used to be overweight. Back in school I was a gymnast. But that was then, and this is now!

I'm 23, and three months ago, I gave birth to my first child. My daughter Lilliale's birth has been an amazing experience for me and my husband Mike, who is a devoted father (though his time with her is often limited by his military service in the Marines.)

Personally, I feel blessed, and honestly, sometimes tired and overwhelmed. But amidst the blessings and the exhaustion, there is one other thing that I'm constantly feeling: FAT!

I'll admit that I'm not very familiar with the world of dieting. I understand the rules of healthy eating and weight loss well enough, but in the past, metabolism and exercise have always kept me in shape. As a former gymnast of many years, I'm used to being petite and muscular. Then I got pregnant and gained a good 60 pounds (yeah - I know!)

Anyway, when Lilliale was born, I lost 25 pounds of baby weight and water retention fast. Those last 35 pounds? They've barely budged an inch. It looks to me like I'm going to have to throw away what I though I knew about weight loss, and approach it from a different angle - which would be where the Fat Loss for Idiots diet comes in.

A new approach to dieting

Fat Loss 4 Idiots revolves around an online 11-day menu generator. For each day there are four "meals", which can be eaten in any order. And at each meal, you're given a short (very short) list of approved foods. The good news is that you can eat as much as you want during these meals, so long as you never reach the point of being "full" or "stuffed." Plus, you can eat just one of the foods from the list, or you can eat a combination of those foods. The bad news is that you can only eat the foods listed. And God forbid I develop a craving - I might be eternally vexed.

This diet may be made for idiots, but my first impression is that it is made for idiots with good self control. I'm not always well-known for my restraint in the kitchen; this could end up being quite tough. So after signing onto the Fat Loss 4 Idiots web site, I began by checking off a handful of foods from a 23-item list on the left and another handful from the 23 foods on the right. Items included a variety of proteins like chicken, sausage, halibut and cottage cheese on the left, and what looks like a mix of vegetables and sweet options like apples, fruit salad and oatmeal on the right.

After selecting my choice foods - I decided to play conservatively my first time around and choose only foods I knew I could eat any time day or night - I was given an 11-day menu using the foods I had chosen. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but I don't think it was the hodgepodge of food groupings I was given. Now, when the first meal I've been given is a mix of scrambled eggs, bacon and green beans, I can only wonder what's in store for the next two weeks.

As I scroll down my menu, the foods I see most often are chicken, shrimp, turkey slices, bacon and cheese slices. This should be interesting, to say the least. At this point, I'm a little bit baffled. Can they really expect me to lose weight eating bacon and cheese? Both are absolutely loaded with fat! Hmmm... if this diet plan actually works, it may not be so bad after all. Except it looks like you'd be eating the same thing more than once per week. Did I mention that I'm not a big fan of eating the same things again and again?

At this point I should remind myself that what I've been doing to lose weight up til now hasn't been working, and I do need to be at least a little open-minded. So, okay -- let's have a go at Fat Loss for Idiots! Dieting, unfortunately, tends to be a trial-and-error experience. I'm willing to give it a try in hopes that I don't fail.

In retrospect, today wasn't so horribly bad. I began my day with the scrambled egg meal. Tempted as I was, I decided to pass on the green beans and I skipped on the bacon too - simply because I haven't had time for a trip to the grocery store.

After eating very cautiously so as not fill myself all the way up, I called it quits after three scrambled eggs. And then I got hungry again only half an hour later. I think it may have had to do with thinking so hard about being full. More probably, it had more to do with me not eating the bacon and green beans because I was too lazy to go grocery shopping today before starting this diet (don't make this mistake!)

The Fat Loss for Idiots diet isn't made for the social eater.

The second meal I ate today consisted of turkey slices and cheese slices. Again, I was also given the option of adding oranges, but passed because of that trip to the store. It isn't always easy to get out with a two month-old. And yet, get out we did, but for other reasons. Because today also happened to be the day my grandmother flew into town from Oklahoma. This is the same grandmother who bakes cookies and makes fudge with me on every single trip.

When Grandma is in town, you can be sure that my family is eating well (and a lot)! Except that while my parents, sister, husband and grandmother were eating a roast with potatoes, carrots and salad for dinner, I was eating a skinless, non-breaded, cooked chicken breast. And only a cooked chicken breast. I think I found my biggest catching point in this diet: The Fat Loss for Idiots diet isn't made for the social eater. Nor can it be easily accommodated for a dinner out with friends or family (or for any meal with friends or family, either eating out or eating in.) It would be hard to imagine myself inviting friends over for an amazing meal of hard boiled eggs and apples. Which is exactly what my final meal of the evening was: a hard boiled egg, an apple and handful of fat-free American cheese slices. (though full fat cheese is fine on this diet plan, I didn't have any in my fridge. Let me repeat: after you generate your 11 day Fat Loss 4 Idiots menu, GO SHOPPING to make sure you have all the foods and ingredients for your meals, BEFORE you start the diet.

What I think amazes me most about these Fat Loss for Idiots meals is that in the food prep instructions for each meal, they state that you can have cheese slices of any kind either full fat or fat free. I can't say I'm not thankful, but I'll admit my head is still reeling. The bacon, also, is supposed to be your traditional, normally prepared bacon. My scrambled eggs were cooked in butter - the first butter I've had in weeks - as per the prep instructions!

My first instinct is be as conservative as possible with food choices, but on second thought, this is the Fat Loss for Idiots diet and I should follow the instructions instead of my usual instincts. If following this diet perfectly means that I get to have foods like bacon and full-fat cheese and I'll still lose the weight, then why not indulge a little? In the end, I've decided that this diet will require more than a little bit of trust. Most of the meals in here don't exactly make sense to me. But who am I to judge or second guess? After all, I don't want to goof up on a diet for idiots!

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