Green Tea & the diet

daBhang CafeIts a bit of a cliché to be blogging about dieting in January, sure, but I need to do this. For those of you who don’t know, I am of Asian descent – I’m half Filipino & half Chinese. What this means1 is that I eat a lot of rice. And before I turned 25, it didn’t matter how much rice I ate – I didn’t gain much weight. Sure, I’d gain a few pounds here or there, but nothing compared to the 10lbs I gained2 after I hit the quarter-life mark.

I’m not getting married anytime soon3, and if I do get married I don’t want to be overweight in my wedding photos so as much as possible I’d like to stay as svelte as possible4. With my hatred for exercise it grew increasingly difficult to keep my weight down. One day, he introduced me to the ‘diet’, after he had already lost almost 30lbs on it.

I was reluctant to start the diet because I know how easily a diet can fail, but its proving to be quite an easy diet to follow because it still allows me to indulge myself in sweets if I so choose. In fact, I still eat popeye’s chicken for dinner with my parents. The difference is that instead of eating fries, I’ll eat a freshly cut salad without dressing5 instead. Because I haven’t followed the diet as religiously as he has, I haven’t lost as much weight6. I lost a modest 8lbs in 1 and half weeks before I went on holidays. I gained a pound while I was on holidays7 but I’ve already lost it and another half a pound on top of that8.

So what’s the deal? What is this magic formula that has resulted in all this weight loss? Its not rocket science, I’ll tell you that now. I also need to tell you that this was not my creation, its a diet given to a friend of his by a chef9. If you want to know who is responsible for this diet, you can email me at reggysy [at] yahoo [dot] ca and I’ll tell you.

  1. 8:00 a.m. – 1 bowl10 of hot quick oats. No sugar/sweetner of any kind11.
  2. 10:00 a.m. – 1 whole fresh fruit.
  3. 12:00 p.m. – 4-6oz protein12 with field greens and side veggies.
  4. 2:00 p.m. – 1 whole vegetable13.
  5. 6:00 p.m. – 4-6 oz protein14 with side salad and grilled greens. Remember, no cream based sauces.
  6. 10:00 p.m. – 1 bowl10 of mixed berries. This is an important step in the diet as it will help you detox.

Some helpful tips:

  • Water: If you’re hungry throughout the day, drink loads of water. You’re supposed to have eight 8oz glasses a day. Or drink low-fat milk.
  • Dressings & sauces: The diet says to avoid all cream based sauces but I try and avoid dressings and sauces in general. If I really need to, I’ll use fresh lime & fresh cracked pepper.
  • Sides: I don’t like the idea of having double veg sides in my meals so if I’m having salad I usually won’t have steamed veggies as well.
  • Oatmeal: I actually mix one tablespoon of flavoured quick oats with two table spoons of regular quick oats and its still fine. I find without this, the oatmeal is too salty to taste because our milk isn’t creamy enough.
  • Timing: The times listed above are a guideline, you can create your own timeline that fits your schedule. For example, my dad looks more like this: 8:30am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm and 10:00pm. The only reason I follow the 10pm guideline is so I can be in bed by 11pm.

Some answers to questions you may have:

  1. Are you hungry15? Not more than I was before I started the diet.
  2. Do you snack? I snack constantly, but instead of snacking on chips I’ll snack on popcorn16 or vegetable sticks or if I really feel like chips, I’ll snack on wheat crackers.
  3. Do you eat chocolate? I have, but as I’ve mentioned I don’t have that much weight to lose to get to my ‘ideal’ weight so I wouldn’t suggest doing this until you’ve reached a good milestone. Also, I am able to limit myself to one or two and don’t need to eat a box or a bar of chocolates in one sitting so this probably helps me in not gaining weight through ‘sweets’.
  4. You haven’t talked about green tea?! I almost forgot; because the diet is pretty much trying to get you to cut out all the fat & bad carbohydrates out of your diet I decided to cut out coffee17 and invested in a good tea pot and some amazing green tea leaves. I’m awake and I don’t feel nauseated after my morning beverage anymore. Plus, green tea has been known to help you lose weight. I think its because it helps improve your digestion, but he disagrees. All I know is, it makes me feel so good.

Now, I’m not saying you should all go on this diet. I’m just sharing some information that I hope will be useful to you. The most important thing is to know your body, and to know what works and what doesn’t. If you don’t know that, no diet can ever help you lose weight.

Would you try this diet or have you tried it already? What do you think?

Footnotes:
  1. at least in terms of diet[]
  2. in 8 months[]
  3. This line is for you, trench[]
  4. Of course, there are always health-related reasons to stay a healthy weight, but vanity is so much more powerful isn’t it?[]
  5. or with lime juice & fresh cracked pepper[]
  6. besides, if I did people would mistake me for having an eating disorder[]
  7. as you do when indulging in ‘holiday’ food & drink[]
  8. Despite indulging on all the chocolates I got for Christmas[]
  9. and if you don’t know, Chef’s can be quite protective of their work[]
  10. cup[][]
  11. This is meant to be your ONLY source of carbs for the day[]
  12. grilled fish or chicken or 2 hard bioled eggs[]
  13. sliced carrot sticks, celery, peppers[]
  14. grilled fish or chicken[]
  15. as in all the time[]
  16. lightly buttered, and mini-bag versions only[]
  17. there were financial reasons for doing this as well[]

responses to “Green Tea & the diet” 18

  1. @Penny: hehe thanks for being such a dedicated reader 🙂 you’re the best. And yes, its easier this way!

    @Beeker: How are you dear? Glad to hear you’re on a similar plan – I wish you all the best!

    @erin: Thanks! It is quite hard. So far I don’t miss rice, but I do miss pizza and pasta. lol

    @trench: its not so much the oatmeal though – but the milk. Pretty sure I can’t send you any of that!

    @Ken: Patience? It takes 2 mins in the microwave! lol I can’t wait to hear about this…

  2. Congrats on your weight loss. That is quite a bit in a short period of time! Especially since you don’t have much to lose. I think the last 5-10 pounds are always the hardest. My body always seems to resist it!

    erins latest..I am motivated

  3. I have been following a similar plan myself. I still have to have bits of dark chocolate every now and then. I also live for decaf/unsweetened tea.

  4. Hehe well I really wanted to catch up with what’s going on with you! That’s cool you can still eat with your family. And it seems great the way you are doing it, not having to lose the weight super fast and still enjoying food!

    Pennys latest..Disconnected

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