TKP Review: The Flexitarian Diet

Hey Peaches!

Here is my review of The Flexitarian Diet I tried for the month of August. If you want to read the overview, read it here. 

The Flexitarian Diet Review

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Results-

Really the only results that I have are that I did 31 days of the diet. I am in my very last few weeks of pregnancy so weight loss will not be likely and it for sure didn’t happen this month. I didn’t gain any weight for most of the month which I guess considering the baby is gaining weight could mean that I lost a few pounds but there was no drastic weight loss or anything. Again, until this baby is out the weight loss results are kinda hard to report.

How The Diet Made Me Feel- 

Although I did enjoy the food that I was eating, I did feel a little unsatisfied without a little animal protein in my daily diet. I don’t know if this was because of the pregnancy or because I still have a bunch of muscle left over from my body building days, but I did feel like ending a meal was a struggle especially at the end of the day. Plus, I do not like beans so I found myself eating tons of eggs and yogurt. I love tofu but find it nowhere near as filling as eggs and yogurt. So although I did enjoy the food on the diet, at this point in my life I need a little animal protein in my daily diet. At least every other day.

How Easy Was The Diet To Stick To?

As long as I was home and planned my meals, it was pretty easy to stick to. However, when I was at a restaurant I never ordered anything vegetarian, and when life got really hectic I found the diet going out the window. I think this would have been easier to stick to on the fly if my whole family was eating this way but it was just me. I definitely found myself more on the flexing side of the diet toward the end of the month.

Would I Recommend This Diet To You?

Sure. I would. Just like any other eating style, if you want to lose weight you have to watch your calories to make that happen. So if you are looking to eat healthier, maybe lose some weight, and have been curious about the vegetarian lifestyle, I think Flexitarian is a great way to start!

All in all, I didn’t mind being a flexitarian for a month but I didn’t find it overly amazing either. I am definitely glad I gave it a shot and look forward to beginning Volumetrics in the morning!

Questions:

Have you tried The Flexitarian Diet?

Any questions about this diet that I didn’t cover?

 

Peach On A Diet! Volumetrics Overview

Hello!

I can’t believe tomorrow is September 1st and already time to move onto my next diet on Peach On A Diet!  In case, you are just tuning in, Peach On A Diet! is my little adventure trying 12 different eating styles in 12 months. I will be trying The Volumetrics Diet for the month of September which is my third diet so far. I tried The Dash Diet In July and The Flexitarian Diet in August. There is a tab at the top of the blog that says Diet Reviews where I am storing all of my reviews of each diet I try. Feel free to check em’ out if you are curious!

Ok, onto the overview of Volumetrics!

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The Volumetrics Diet

I chose Volumetrics for the month of September because my baby is due this month and it is the closest eating style to the way I eat anyway. I don’t know about you, but in my mind the birth of a new baby is definitely NOT the time to try any diet that is a drastic stretch from your norm. Volumetrics is all about clean eating while getting the biggest bang for your calorie buck. I have always been a big eater so this diet is right up my alley.

What Do You Eat?

Volumetrics has you find out the amount of calories you should be consuming for your size and activity level, then has you fill that calorie allotment with foods that give you a lot of volume for a low amount of calories. There are 4 categories of foods, Category 1 being Very Low Calorie Density foods in which you can eat anytime, Category 2 is Low Calorie Density foods in which you are to eat reasonable portions, Category 3 is Medium Calorie Density foods that you are to manage your portion sizes, and Category 4 is High Calorie Density foods in which you are to limit.

 

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The diet encourages you to choose mostly from Categories 1 and 2 and really limit foods from Categories 3 and 4.

The concept is pretty simple!

Exercise?

The book says that The Volumetrics Diet is based on three goals which are weight loss, daily calories, and daily steps meaning the main form of exercise it advocates is walking. It recommends getting a pedometer and making sure you reach a certain amount of steps each day. I will not be using a pedometer but I will be doing my Country Heat workouts each morning and going for a few short walks in the afternoon and evening.

So that is the jist of Volumetrics! I’m excited to start fresh tomorrow! I think a few of us are ready for a fresh new month. 🙂

Questions:

What are your first thoughts of Volumetrics?

Have you ever tried it?

Stay tuned for my upcoming review of The Flexitarian Diet that ended today!

 

 

Word of the Day: Diligence

Say it with me now!

“Diligence!”

Definition: Careful and persistent work or effort.

Stick-to-it-ness! Diligence is the key factor  in  your weight loss success. It’s doing the things you need to do to move toward your goal each and every single day. Diligence is what carries you through, when the results are slow and the motivation is lacking. Here are my 4 tips to making sure that diligence becomes a part your daily lives!

 

1.Devise a Fail Proof Plan

Take some time and PLAN your success. Your plan needs be detailed directions of how your day will go in order to achieve your goal, but also needs to be simple enough that you can execute it every day. If you work full time and have children, a plan to workout 2 hours a day and prepare elaborate recipes is probably not ideal. A good plan for a super busy person may be a meal plan with 3 healthy and simple meals and 3 healthy and simple snacks, then a 30 minute workout DVD in the morning before work.

2. Auto Pilot

Once you devise your fail proof plan, write it out and keep it with you. Memorize it!  You need to be able to do your plan on auto pilot. Know your plan like the back of your hand so that even when life throws curve balls you can still get it done! It is much easier to get something done when know exactly what to do.

3. Envision Yourself  Having Achieved Your Goal DAILY!

Place yourself as your new self every day! Motivation fuels diligence. Placing your mind actually inside your new body gets you excited about the journey to actually getting there. Every time you take steps toward your goal (your fail proof plan), you are more and more that new body! Don’t look to the end, look to the now! Live as your new self will live and the body will catch up!

4. Push Through Until You Have a Habit

From the beginning, make a commitment to yourself to push through and execute your plan for at least 2 weeks. They say it takes around 21 days to form a habit but I think that you will be doing yourself a big favor if you fight to stick to your plan for 2 weeks.. It’s short enough to actually do what you say you will do, but long enough to see some results and keep going afterward from your motivation. Nothing says “keep going” like seeing a few pounds lost on the scale or pulling the measuring tape a little tighter! In my experience, after the first two weeks, my plan seems much easier to follow because I have had a few ups and downs with it and feel confident that I can keep on going regardless. I bet you will feel the same!

Questions:

Are you diligent?

What ways do you make sure that you are working toward your goal every day?

Please share! And I hope you are exercising diligence today! 🙂