Here's what I did;
I used the Loseit.com site to log in what I ate and how many calories were consumed. The program asks for your goal and calculates the calorie budget for your weight loss.
In the beginning I was given about 1400 calories per day and could discount any exercise I did from that total. I walked the dogs twice a day for 15 minutes each.
My choices were simple. I knew to stay away from all breads, pasta, rice etc and wine! and to keep my protein to 4 ounces per meal. But I was in a hurry and ate just two meals a day.
Breakfast was coffee, bran flakes, and almond milk which is only 30 calories for 8 ounces.
Lunch was veggies and 4 ounces of meat. Snack? an apple or peach. That was it for the day. Less than 600 calories. I was never hungry. Seriously. Without the sugar I didn't experience the highs and lows and could keep on track. And it is the protein that satisfies cravings. I tried to eat my lunch around 2, and having an apple at 5 helped for the evening.
It amazes me that life has become so simple when it comes to shopping and stocking the pantry. I love to cook, but that is a dangerous to me hobby. My husband makes his own meals because he eats day and night. He has gained weight but isn't the least concerned because he is still a stick.
Now I can make a small roast and it lasts for days. Lots of veggies and salads, and fruit in our house and I discovered a salad dressing that is delicious and very high protein and low calorie.
Mel's Salad Dressing
3 tablespoons fat free Greek Yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt, pepper, garlic powder and
one packet of Equal.
Mix it up and drizzle on greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and anything else you like in a salad. Dee-lish!