Diet, Phase Two

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We successfully reached the end of the "strict" part of our diet. I didn't lose as much as I'd hoped--only 1.6 kg, but I slimmed 3 cm off my hips and my clothes fit better, so I suppose that's just fine.

Now begins a more lenient phase until we reach our goal weight. This goal is a bit amorphous as I'm not sure what I want to weigh, exactly. Should I diet down to the weight I was when I married (that would be 137 lbs / 62.2 kg) or should I allow myself a little softness and go for 141 lb / 64 kg? I'm at 145/66 now, so there's not all that much to lose, regardless. I'll see where I am in a couple of weeks, I guess, and call it quits.

To celebrate the start of the next phase, I've created another fridge-friendly printout of the allowed foods and when you can consume them.

South Beach Phase Two List 80 K PDF (2 pages, A4).

In this phase, you can eat fruits (but not bananas, pineapple, raisins or fruit juice) and whole-grain starches (still no potatoes). Also more milk products and...red wine! I'm really happy about the wine.

This is such an easy diet to follow and it makes so much sense. Tod & I have conversations about nutrition now. We spent 20 minutes in the supermarket this evening looking at the high-fiber cereals. In the end, we decided they all had too much sugar. I'm going to make my own museli.

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Making your own museli? Talking about fiber in the grocery store? *sigh* I made brownies this weekend.

Flax seeds are inexpensive, good for you (lots of omega-3 fatty acids)), very high in fiber, and can be used to make a yummy cereal. They're also good raw, with any kind of fruit (especially berries). They have a nutty taste, and if cracked will gelatinize at suitably high temperatures.

Wait a couple of years, Jenn. You'll start talking fiber in the grocery store, too. I baked cheesecake-y things tonight, so it's not all cereal here. (I will post the recipe on Thursday)

I'll check around for flax seed, Peter. I bet I can find it at one of the health food stores. Rare things in Tokyo, but I know where they hide.

Re: how heavy you should be, the relevant metric seems to be the "body mass index":

weight (kg) / (height (m))^2

See http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/ for a good overview, including normal and over/underweight ranges.

I did the South Beach over the summer and lost 25 pounds (190 --> 165). It was relatively painless. Good luck!

Why are you going on a diet anyway??!!

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