1,000 Calorie Miracle!5:38 PM
"I like to Party" is mine and husband's personal anthem. We like party and travel and eat-out often (more than necessary but who's counting). However, that means no workout and more calorie intake (considering 1 drink = 200 calories approximately). We all have been through the holiday-weight-cycle (I am sure!!!) but if I am going for a holiday every second month I cannot afford holiday-weight every time. It almost takes about 3-4 weeks to loose that in the first place.
So my creative and very informative brain came up with a solution of 1,000 (to 1,200) calorie diet. Later, I came to know that people had already thought of this and were successfully following it (but at least I reached this awesome idea myself ... with a little help from Mr. Fabulous as well :P). Well, the simple logic in weight-management is calorie-in versus calorie-out. So if within 1,000 calories I can manage to have 4 meals and all the vital nutrients then it should work (and IT DID).
To my benefit I am an excellent-innovative cook (modesty is not my best trait!). So with my knowledge and internet, I managed to make an amazing variety of dishes which were within 200 calories each and not to mention absolutely delicious-yet-healthy. To give an example menu,
Glass of fat-free milk (80)
AM SnackHalf a Protein Bar (90)
Any Sandwich without cheese on 45 calorie slice bread (250)
PM SnackBanana (100)
Salad without dressing (100)
Whole wheat Pasta with a lot of grilled vegetables (250)
Total Calories - 970
Since we have been following this diet (which is about a month), Mr. Fabulous has lost about 2 kgs with moderate level of activity and exercise. He is not a gym-fanatic life myself, instead he enjoys running and outdoor activities (so, who's complaining? :P). Therefore whenever we know that we are going to splurge on food and drinks over the weekend, we try to balance-it-out over the week by being good (and sensible eaters)! This, I believe has proven to be extremely filling yet effective diet so far, specially when it's just a matter of a few kgs/pounds.
It takes 3,500 excess calorie intake to gain about 0.5 kgs. So, 600 extra calories (2-3 drinks) every weekend would mean about 4 kgs over the year (Cool, eh?)!