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    bisous is offline Red Diamond level (10,000+ posts)
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    Default I lost 20 pounds.

    I have maybe 5 or 10 pounds to go but Iím really happy that Iím down 20 pounds!

    From about the first week in January until mid May I lost maybe 5 pounds. I was working out, using IF, and using a calorie restricted diet that I managed to fail at often.

    Then I tried a new thing Ive been hesitant to share. My 2 SILs signed up with Optavia but I did NOT sign up. With their blessing they just shared the reading materials with me and sent me the packaging of the food. And I hacked it. I guess Iím kind of hesitant to share because I both want to give Optavia credit and Iím also not officially following the program. But the results have been great. I hope I donít get in trouble for sharing!

    Iím so happy to be down (almost) to my pre baby weight sizes. Itís made a huge difference in how my clothes fit and itís been really easy. I plan on sticking it to it forever if need be.

    So, after analyzing the materials, it basically comes down to eating 5 small meals per day that are around 100 -110 calories per meal. Then one ďlean and greenĒ meal of a protein and low carb veggies. You eat every 2 to 3 hours that youíre awake.

    The best match to the nutritional profile of the small meals (which are supposed to be purchased by Optavia) are some nutrition bars from Costco. Costco carries two products that are a good match. The Kirkland protein bars and the pure protein bars. But I only eat a portion of each bar for each meal.

    I also have to take a multivitamin every day. The Optavia meals are very balanced and enriched. Also, I found I need to eat pickles every day to get enough sodium. The Kirkland bars are high in fiber and thatís needed.

    I realize that right now my diet is very processed, except for my lean and green meal. Iím experimenting with whole foods that match the same nutritional profile but honestly this summer itís been nice to eat a bar.

    I like this diet. I think for some it would be super tedious but it works for me. Iím not even tempted by my usual cheat foods because I actually think the bars are delicious. I feel like the lean and green meals are a good model for healthy eating and tasty and easy to find.

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    Yay for you!!!! Sounds like you are looking forward to how you can do this for the long term, which is important. Do what works for you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StantonHyde View Post
    Yay for you!!!! Sounds like you are looking forward to how you can do this for the long term, which is important. Do what works for you!!
    Thank you!!

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    Congratulations!

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    Congrats on your success. How does this work with kids? I try to model healthy eating for mine and extreme calorie reduction plus just eating fractions of a bar doesn't fit what I'm trying to model. Does the plan eventually guide back to more whole foods nutrition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikala View Post
    Congrats on your success. How does this work with kids? I try to model healthy eating for mine and extreme calorie reduction plus just eating fractions of a bar doesn't fit what I'm trying to model. Does the plan eventually guide back to more whole foods nutrition?
    I donít actually know the official answer here. Iím not signed up with the program so I donít know what the official answer is but I know my answer.

    I guess for me I donít think of the bars as terrible first of all. I used to be a die hard ďWhole FoodsĒ (the concept, not the store) only type of girl but I think Whole Foods can be unbalanced fairly easily. You can still simply eat too much. My lesson to my kids will be to not eat too much and to monitor carefully, to always choose veggies and lean proteins and healthy fats and that too many carbs and sweets can lead to unhealthy lifestyles even if theyíre ďWholeĒ. I now see that what I thought was ďmoderationĒ was pretty much eating sweet things in fairly large quantities whenever theyíre offered.

    Also, I have to tell you Iím ok with fake sugar, which is controversial. I donít love it but Iíd rather the fake than the real. (I have a kid with type 1 diabetes, and I can see the difference between real and fake sugar!)

    When Iím completely done losing weight I plan to move to TWO meals per day. Right now Iím eating one delicious meal that I think is an excellent model for my kids. Veggies and lean meats, healthy fats. I honestly did not know what or how to eat before but I feel like I could do this forever.

    My goal is to move to maybe 1 bar (cut in half and eaten twice a day) with a small breakfast following the same macro pattern and two veggie, lean protein, healthy fat meals. I feel like it will be good for my kids.

    One thing I wish I could do over again was never let myself gain so much with each pregnancy and I think following a similar ďplanĒ to what Iím doing now would have helped a ton with that.

    For reference, Iím 5í7 and with baby 1 I started at 120 and gained almost EIGHTY pounds with that pregnancy! Lost it easily (I was 27), gained again with DS2, lost less easily. Gained again with DS3, then never really lost it and never lost it with DD and by then I was 37 and my metabolism totally changed.

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    congratulations! That's really an accomplishment and I hear you on the metabolism changing as you get older and it's harder to lose. I lost 12 lbs last year and have completely stalled out for the last year. I'm pretty sure it's b/c even though I'm eating a lot less that I did before I lost the weight, to actually lose wight I probably need to eat even less at this point in my life and it's a real adjustment/struggle to acknowledge/address that.
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    Congratulations!


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