After I became engaged last Christmas, I knew I wanted to lose weight for my wedding. I was floating right on the brink of overweight, and I felt like I had to lose about 10 pounds to look – and most of all, I feel incredibly in my wedding dress. For years I tried to achieve my lucky weight with restrictive, low-calorie plans, but I would always regain the last pound after I returned to my normal diet. This time I wanted to do things differently: I wanted to get lean but also learn to eat healthy for life.
As Prevention asked if I would be interested to work with Haylie Pomroy, the nutritionist who helps stars like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez finish the red carpet It seemed to be the perfect opportunity to achieve my goals.
Haylie suggested I should follow her metabolism revolution plan. It's designed for people like me whose metabolism has been lost a bit through years of yo-yo dieting. And to help me with the diet, Haylie linked me to Shelley, a registered dietitian at her clinic.
During our first phone call, Shelley and I discussed my current eating habits and then got into the essence of my new diet. She told me that most of my diet was lean protein and not starchy vegetables (think spinach and asparagus). I also eat small amounts of healthy fats (like almonds) and complex carbohydrates (like oatmeal). I would go away from processed and refined foods as well as alcohol and caffeine, which Haylie and Shelley said would prevent my metabolism from functioning optimally. To further fuel these fat-burning fires, I drink a ton of water . Like, 80 ounces a day.
That was very different from my usual diet. In the past, I usually ate small breakfasts and lunches to save most of my calories for dinner. And while I ate vegetables every day, they were not staples. Sugar was also a big vice. Sometimes I tried to avoid it for a few days just to devour and eat so much chocolate that I would feel bad.
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The first day of my diet I weighed 154.6. I'm 5 & # 39; 6 ", which means my BMI is exactly 25 – exactly where the category" overweight "starts. Although the BMI is far from being a perfect measure of overall health, it would not hurt to Losing a few pounds – and I knew it would give me the confidence to walk down the aisle.
Haylie Plan made sense to me, and I knew that I was motivated enough to stick to it first day on the Haylie-type a great adaptation
Instead of taking my usual little breakfast, I had two eggs, a side salad with four cups of vegetables, half a cup of oatmeal cooked in water, an apple and two large glasses Haylie said the start of the day with a huge meal would revitalize my metabolism, but I was barely able to finish everything.
Lunch was tiny compared to just canned tuna over Salad with a splash of olive oil and lemon juice And the dinner fell somewhere in between, with four ounces of grilled chicken, half a cup of chickpeas and four cups of stewed vegetables I also ate fruit in the morning and afternoon. I was worried that I might be hungry all day, but I was not. In fact, I had more energy than usual, though I gave up my morning coffee.
This first week on the plan – which varied slightly from day to day – was easier than I expected. (Preparing meals in advance was very helpful.) I was rarely tempted to eat sugary snacks, and the only drawback was having to constantly pee because I had drunk so much water. At the end of those first seven days I was down almost 3 pounds – without making any changes to my training. (I usually walk, jog and lift weights four times a week, which, as Shelley said, was ideal to help me achieve my goals.) I was pleased with my progress!
On my crotch – and a few speed limits
My wedding as a motivation made it easy for me to stick to this plan. But sometimes I was tempted to deviate from the course. For example, my fiancé knows that I love chocolate and biscuits. So early in the diet, he sometimes brought my favorite candies home. I knew he meant well, but having desserts was just too tempting. So I had to ask him to stop. Sociability was also hard. During a family pizza night I came armed with a grilled chicken salad. It was not the worst thing in the world, but honestly, lettuce and lean protein are not so appealing when everyone around you is gunky, gaudy.
A New Way to Eat
After nearly two months on the plan, my time with Shelley came to an end. The scale read 145.8 on my last weighing and I was more than excited. I lost 9.2 pounds! Now the plan is to keep it off – and maybe even lose something more.
So far I have adhered to the basic principles of Metabolism Revolution . I eat a lot of protein and vegetables, and I save my meals all day. By avoiding sugary foods, I felt good, so I only eat treats once a week, which Haylie said when I hit my target weight.
Will I look like Reese Witherspoon or J. Lo at my wedding? The big day is not until May 2019, so it will only tell the time. But I have the feeling that I will look even better: like the healthiest, most confident version of me . And the best part is, I now have the skills to maintain my lucky weight for the long haul.