I’m doing the Flat Belly Diet, starting with The Four-Day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart. Sunday was my first day.
“The goal of the jumpstart is to help you reduce or eliminate bloating and the sluggishness that accompanies it.”
I woke up hungry on Sunday morning and immediately went to the grocery store to get a few items I didn’t already have on-hand. The jumpstart gives you two days’ menus (that you repeat once) and you are to follow exactly for the best results. Lucky for me, I like everything on the menus. There are three meals and one snack each day, each around 300 calories. No booze, caffeine, sweets, carbonated beverages, fatty foods, fried foods, spicy foods, chewing gum.
Let the games begin!
1 serving Cream of Wheat
1 cup skim milk
2 T unsweetened raisins
1/4 cup roasted (unsalted) sunflower seeds
1 glass Sassy Water
Breakfast was surprisingly filling. It took me a long time to eat it all, and found that I wasn’t hungry for more than four hours after eating it. Off to a good start!
4 oz. canned tuna (packed in water)
1 cup steamed carrots
1 light string cheese
1 glass Sassy Water
Lunch wasn’t that filling, but I wasn’t that hungry so it worked out. I added a few approved spices to the tuna to make it a little more interesting. I was concerned that I’d be hungry before dinner (even eating lunch at 2 PM), but knew I had a snack to rely on later in the afternoon.
Smoothie: 1 cup skim milk + 4 oz pineapple chunks (in juice) + handful ice
2 T roasted (unsalted) sunflower seeds
This seemed filling as I had it and I liked the sunflower seeds on the side to give me something to chew. I had this snack around 4 PM and was hungry again by 6:30.
3 oz grilled chicken
1 cup grilled summer squash
1/2 cup brown rice
Dinner was satisfying in the amounts allowed, but I know I would have eaten more of everything if I hadn’t measured it out on my plate. I missed having a sauce of some sort for the chicken, but I had done a reasonably good job of marinating it, so it wasn’t flavorless by any means. I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the evening.
Day 1 Observations
I’m being forced to break old habits. Breaking the habit of eating an entire chicken breast just because it’s on my plate, or drinking a glass of wine just because it’s 5 PM, or having a piece of chocolate just because I’m finished with dinner. The first day made me really aware of how mindlessly I eat throughout the day.
I didn’t feel starved and I had to really check in with myself about that. Just because I was eating smaller portions than normal didn’t mean I was being deprived. Being on any restrictive diet like this (the jumpstart portion) kind of feels like being punished and that is hard for the first couple of days.
Between breakfast and lunch, I did a light strength workout (probably 30 minutes) followed by a 45 minute swim in the pool. I don’t think 1200 calories will be enough to sustain much more of a workout than that and I may have to supplement with an additional snack.