It’s been 1 week and 2 days since I started my frugal weight loss diet, but since half the battle of such programs is the start, it’s time for a quick update! I’ve been able to keep my meal expenses under $10 easily enough, so this part of my weight loss plan is working quite well. I’ve also started cooking dinner for my family once a week, but I’m only partially successful with this new plan.
I’ve decided to go with a low-carb diet and since protein is more expensive that other food sources, having a $10 daily limit for the total cost for food has worked out well. I still spend less than previously because I take advantage of my employer’s company resources such as their free coffee and filtered water. While the diet isn’t a paradise for your taste buds, it’s a highly effective diet for the first 2 weeks to 1 month. After 1 month, I plan on shifting to more of a south beach kind of diet. I will be on the more healthy south beach diet for 6 months or longer. After the south beach diet I plan on starting to adopt a new life style kind of diet mixed in with exercise and healthy eating. For now though I’m just going to focus on the weight and putting one proverbial foot in front of the other.
So how much weight have I lost?
Eight pounds so far! Low carb diets are highly effective, and that’s why I decided to use this diet for the initial start. I do plan on shifting the diet from well know diets to more of a personal lifestyle diet that fits me better, but for now this is good.
In a previous article, I mentions that I plan on cooking dinner for my family once a week. Instead of jumping in and start by cooking something too complex, I decided to start just by grilling some hamburger patties. I’ve cooked similar patties and this would be a good refresher for cooking on the grill since this will be my first time this year. My downfall in this process was that I didn’t prepare any side dishes such as beans or another vegetable, so I grabbed some potato chips, and some “chips and salsa” for my family. While the side dishes weren’t horrible, I should have microwaved some broccoli, corn or beans.
I’m going to cook steak (rib eye) for my next cooking experiment. I’ve never cooked steak before so it will be interesting. For the side dishes, I’m going to use the tried and true broccoli veggie!
Assessment of My Start
While I had a few issues with the cooking start, overall I’ve very please with the results. The eight pounds that I lost so far on the diet is great, I feel smaller and lighter all ready.