Monday, February 23, 2015

Cookie diet, day one

Ahhhh, here we go again.  Weight is way up, and I'm just struggling so hard to lose the weight and finding it difficult to get into it.

So, I feel like I need to do something "drastic" - and I'm going on the "cookie diet".  I bought a bunch of the Smart For Life cookies from Costco and today, it begins!

(first pet peeve: that photo is from their web site, and shows seven cookies in that pack, but there are only six!)

Basically, you're supposed to eat one cookie every two hours, skipping breakfast and lunch, and then eat 10-12 ounces of lean protein and 5 cups of veggies for dinner.  And drink a ton of water with each cookie.

Here are the stats for the chocolate chip cookies that I'm eating today:

Nutrition Facts for 1 cookie
Calories 100
Total Fat 3.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Trans Fat 0
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 135 mg
Carb 9 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 6 g

OK, so multiply that times six, and you're eating 600 calories, 12 grams of fiber and 36 grams of protein. Not enough!  The diet guidelines do say that you can eat some of the 10-12 ounces of protein at lunch if you wish, so I did have 2 ounces at lunch.  Should've had more.  I think I also need to start off with a protein shake as well - I'm used to more protein during the day, and I think not having as much is definitely having an impact on me (hello, headache!).  So I'll adjust for that tomorrow (and eat maybe 3-4 ounces of protein at lunch).  I am concerned about the fiber too - the guidelines explicitly forbid beans, which is a typical great source of fiber (and protein).  I usually get a bunch from fruit, and that too is forbidden because of the sugar content.  I see much spinach in my future.

My initial review of the chocolate chip cookie is that it isn't too bad.  There are just a couple of chips in each cookie (I only found one in my last cookie, sadly) - but these aren't bad at all.  I wouldn't go out of my way to eat these normally, and I wouldn't serve them to a guest at a party, but I'm not stabbing myself yet at having to eat these.  I've read that they're better if you warm them up for 10 seconds in the microwave, but I haven't tried that yet.  Honestly, since they're okay at room temp for me right now, I'm saving the warming-up-trick for when I inevitably get tired of them. ;)

So here we go.  Wish me luck, and willpower ;)

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