Thursday, May 5, 2016

Artificial sweeteners- good or bad?

Sugar is the single worst enemy you can imagine to your diet as the higher your sugar intake, higher the chances of getting obese, heart diseases and diabetes. But often people do not think of changing their palate to appreciate the natural taste or sweetness present in fruits and vegetables but instead end up drinking zero calories Coke or using artificial sweeteners with abandon. Common sweeteners are aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, acesulfame and neotame. These chemicals are man made and might have long term side effects such as increase in triglycerides, diabetes, vascular disease based on studies conducted on diet soda drinkers. Why don't you reach out instead for a chilled glass of water or milk which is more nutritious?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Special K Day 2

Here's posting my Day 2 with Special K

Breakfast- 1 cup cereal with low fat milk; 1 cup green tea
Lunch- 1 Subway veggie delite wrap; 1 garden vegetable soup
Snack- 1 cup tea with milk; 1 slice bread with hummus
Dinner- 1 cup cereal with low fat milk
1 multivitamin and 1000mg Omega3 capsule

 Humming along just fine- I dont have boundless energy but enough to get through 45 minutes of walking.

As expected, my scale didn't budge an inch! My goal is to lose at least 5 pounds in 2 weeks- it seems quite conservative but would prefer not to be disappointed if I don't reach an ambitious goal!
Once I develop my stamina, I would like to then step up my workout routine.

I'm also trying to sleep in time and get at least 7 hours of sleep per day. Sleep plays an important role in calibrating your body and metabolism.  More on that in my next post!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Special K Day 1

Here's posting my Day 1 with Special K

Breakfast- 1 cup cereal with low fat milk; 1 cup green tea
Lunch- 1 vegetable wrap with brown rice; 1 cup watermelon
Snack- 1 cup tea with milk; 1 white chocolate and few chips....succumbed to temptation :(
Dinner- 1 cup cereal with low fat milk and blueberries
1 multivitamin and 1000mg Omega3 capsule

 My energy level seemed fine today and I attribute that to cutting down on my caffeine. I limited myself to just green tea and English tea today.

I don't expect my scale to move today but hopefully the foundation is going to be there over the next few days. It's also about making sure I have the willpower to control and succeed!

I'm going to end the day with a 45 minute walk and some exercises- I plan to incorporate more low-intensity exercise in my routine since when you're on a calorie deprivation, it's easier to keep it low-intensity and consistently hit at it. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Special K Kellogg Diet works or not?

Special K is an interesting marketing ploy that works on your paranoia of putting on weight or losing weight. The important thing is whether it works or not.

So let me embark on this diet and update you as I go along whether this is a diet for keeps! I don't think that this diet can be for longer than 2 weeks max as it would be really boring to eat cereal, cereal and more cereal. Besides, sugary cereal as a source of nutrition sounds dubious at most!

I've had my weekend of gluttony decadence- so am prepared to face my Monday with a Special K! Oh and don't forget to choose the Special K cereals which have sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) instead. I don't mind eating reasonable amounts of sugar but HFCS is the nemesis of diets and I wonder why even would they put this in a cereal (that too diet cereal!)

If Special K gets too boring or is only available with HFCS, I suggest trying this out with Whole Weetbix or oats which should be just as or probably healthier!

So here's how it works- this is basically a calorie deprivation diet so I don't recommend going more than 2 weeks on it. Also, if you feel hungry, try to have vegetables or limited quantities of fruits since fruits contain high sugar and will be easily converted to fat.
Breakfast- 1 bowl of cereal with low fat milk and fruit (limited)
Lunch- Vegetable salad with chicken breast or Sandwich within 500 kcal
Snack- 1 fruit or a few almonds
Dinner- 1 bowl of cereal with low fat milk and fruit (limited)

Hopefully K will stand for a knockout figure once the two weeks are up :)