A week ago I began the Les Mills 21 Day Nutrition Challenge. It's a painfully simple regime. It is all explained in a ten minute video. It's a low carb diet. Only meat, low-starch vegetables and good fats are allowed. No dairy either.
I thought it would be difficult to follow this diet because it eliminates a lot of the foods I eat regularly. But, I have found it easy to follow because of the simple method used to explain portion size and because I get to eat more regularly. It also requires a lot of protein. I have long complained of high protein diets, because of the expense. However, I have relied a lot on egg whites during this diet and that has helped the expense a great deal. I consume egg whites for 50% of my daily protein intake. I thought egg whites would not be nice to eat without the yolk, but I have enjoyed them.
I have been surprised that after the first couple days I stopped craving sweets after meals. I have not longed for dairy or bread either. I used to live on cheese. I still crave cheese, but I can give it up for a little while.
I had a snafu at the beginning. The diet requires one meal to be a protein shake immediately after working out. I have long been against protein powders because I believe one should get nutrition from food not from something engineered, i.e., supplements. I discovered that my gut feeling about this was correct. After my first protein shake (ever) I had a violent reaction. I had a severe headache and nausea. I could not do anything. It turns out protein powders are loaded with MSG from the processing. I have always had violent reactions to MSG. I am surprised other people do not have the same problem I did.
I was a little disheartened about this development, because the protein shake is an essential element to the diet. But, I got back on the horse and decided to use raw 3 egg whites 1/4 cup yogurt and 1/2 a banana in a smoothie as my recovery shake. This has worked out beautifully.
Last year, I joined a gym that uses the Les Mills program classes. After Lucy was born, I decided to try the classes. I discovered that Les Mills Pump helped me to lose weight faster. There is an at home version available for purchase, which I may save for, because my children are sometimes sick and I cannot make it to the gym. If you click the picture below, it will take you to the Amazon purchase page.
For the last couple months I had plateaued in weight loss. Even though I weigh less than I weighed in high school I longed to be leaner. I am still one of the heavier gals at the gym. When one of the instructors offered this challenge diet, I decided to try it. When I began the diet one week ago, my waist was 80 cm and now it is 75 cm and I have lost 6 pounds. I am starting to see a little more definition in my muscles. So far, so good. At the end of the 21 days, maybe I will post a before and after picture.
I am sharing this little story with you, because I am sure most people desire improved health and this is a program that might help you too.